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Update from Assistant Minister Andrews on Skills Reform

Since I became Assistant Minister, I have met with many of the key stakeholders in this sector through roundtable discussions, forums and site visits. I have also had the opportunity to meet with many students undertaking vocational education and apprentices involved in training. These consultations have identified the importance of strong in... read more »

Nominations now open to recognise outstanding locals

Nominations are now open for the 2017 McPherson Community Achiever Awards which recognise residents who make outstanding contributions to our community.  Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon Karen Andrews MP says the awards highlight the great contribution volunteers make to their organisations, clubs and groups.  “Australia... read more »

Strengthening skills and training ties with Indonesia

The strengths of the Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) system and opportunities for Australia to support Indonesia to meet its skills needs have been the focus of Ministerial talks in Indonesia this week. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews today completed a successful visit to Jakarta after lea... read more »

Gold Coast jobless rate among lowest in country

Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon. Karen Andrews, says the latest regional breakdown of unemployment figures has delivered more good news for Gold Coast job seekers. “The overall unemployment rate for the Gold Coast in January fell to 4.0 per cent compared to 6.3 per cent for the same month last year, giving the region one of the l... read more »

Good news for Gold Coast in latest international student figures

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon. Karen Andrews, has welcomed new figures revealing a strong increase in international students numbers in Australia.  “In Queensland, the number of international students rose by 8.7 per cent in 2016 with all universities recording an ... read more »
  • Young apprentices prepare for the world stage Wednesday, 9 November 2016
  • New bridge at Mudgeeraba Creek ensures dry feet for Gold Coast students Friday, 4 November 2016
  • Taking Action to Reduce Violence against Women and Children Monday, 31 October 2016
  • Australian Apprenticeships leads to more jobs, says Skills Minister Tuesday, 25 October 2016
  • VET Student Loans Bill 2016 Speech Wednesday, 19 October 2016
  • Robina’s roundabout replacement improves safety and cuts congestion Friday, 14 October 2016
  • Speech to federal parliament on a matter of public importance Friday, 14 October 2016
  • VET Student Loans Bill 2016 Thursday, 13 October 2016
  • MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE: Education Thursday, 13 October 2016
  • VET Student Loans Program Bill Thursday, 13 October 2016
  • McPherson local reaches national training award finals Thursday, 13 October 2016
  • Mental Health Week: Everyone’s priority Wednesday, 12 October 2016
  • Gold Coast Community encouraged to stay safe online Monday, 10 October 2016
  • Gold Coast students to benefit from VET Student Loans Thursday, 6 October 2016
  • WorldSkills Australia 2015 Team Australia Presentation Ceremony Wednesday, 5 October 2016
  • WorldSkills Australia 2016 National Competition Opening Ceremony Wednesday, 5 October 2016
  • TAFE Directors Australia Convention Wednesday, 5 October 2016
  • Building better incubators to support local start-ups Sunday, 25 September 2016
  • Improving digital literacy in Gold Coast schools Wednesday, 21 September 2016
  • VELG National VET Conference Friday, 16 September 2016
  • Higher Education Support Legislation Bill 2016 Thursday, 15 September 2016
  • Bond University Teachers’ Excellence Celebrated Wednesday, 14 September 2016
  • Opening of the Metro South Engineering Trades Skills Centre Tuesday, 6 September 2016
  • Growth in training for non-trade occupations Tuesday, 6 September 2016
  • Let’s Celebrate Australian National Flag Day Monday, 5 September 2016
  • New Colombo Plan study grants for Bond University and Southern Cross University students Sunday, 4 September 2016
  • Roads to Recovery funding boost for McPherson Wednesday, 31 August 2016
  • National Skills Week launch tonight Saturday, 27 August 2016
  • Government Funding for Veterans Helping Veterans Thursday, 25 August 2016
  • National Skills Week launch Wednesday, 24 August 2016
  • Opportunity to have a say on VET data policy review Friday, 19 August 2016
  • Opening Address for the UNESCO 14th Session of the Regional Committee on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education in Asia and the Pacific Wednesday, 17 August 2016
  • Opening of the Great Southern Trades Skills Centre in Katanning Tuesday, 9 August 2016
  • Appointment as the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Monday, 18 July 2016
  • Statement on M1 Funding Friday, 15 July 2016
  • 13 July 2016 - Sky News AM Agenda Wednesday, 13 July 2016
  • McPherson How To Vote Card Wednesday, 29 June 2016
  • Supporting more women and girls into STEM careers Sunday, 26 June 2016
  • $3.56 Million for rehab services to tackle Ice on the Gold Coast Tuesday, 21 June 2016
  • New figures reveal Coalition's jobactive programme delivering jobs to more Australians Thursday, 16 June 2016
  • Protecting the rights of older Australians Wednesday, 15 June 2016
  • Coalition to deliver $1 Billion boost to protect the Great Barrier Reef Tuesday, 14 June 2016
  • Coalition plan to ensure private health insurance delivers value for money Monday, 13 June 2016
  • Federal Funding to Boost Local Tourism Projects Tuesday, 7 June 2016
  • New road busts congestion at Reedy Creek as Mayor targets traffic Wednesday, 1 June 2016
  • Opening of Eden View Drive at Reedy Creek Wednesday, 1 June 2016
  • Helping those who help others on the Southern Gold Coast Thursday, 26 May 2016
  • Full Postal Services for the centre of Burleigh Monday, 23 May 2016
  • Creating a path to real jobs for young people on the Southern Gold Coast Wednesday, 4 May 2016
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