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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 »
  • Congratulations Robina Lions Club - 25 years of service to the community Tuesday, 4 March 2014
  • Private Members Business – Coeliac Awareness Week Monday, 3 March 2014
  • Constituency Statements – Robina Lions Monday, 3 March 2014
  • Statement on Indulgence – Corporal Baird Thursday, 27 February 2014
  • Andrews calls on pharmaceutical company for compassion Thursday, 27 February 2014
  • Independent Schools Initiative - Varsity College on the Gold Coast 2014 Wednesday, 26 February 2014
  • Constituency Statements – Bianca Scott Wednesday, 26 February 2014
  • Motions – Craig Thomson Tuesday, 25 February 2014
  • Questions – Craig Thomson Tuesday, 25 February 2014
  • Adjournment Debate – Varsity College Monday, 24 February 2014
  • Committee – Public Works Approval Thursday, 13 February 2014
  • Committee – Public Works Report Tuesday, 11 February 2014
  • Community Achievers Sought for 2014 McPherson Awards Tuesday, 4 February 2014
  • New Helpline for Gold Coast Small Businesses Friday, 13 December 2013
  • Grants open for local TCF Small Businesses Thursday, 12 December 2013
  • Karen Andrews appointed Chair of Joint Public Works Committee Thursday, 12 December 2013
  • Support our Troops this Christmas Monday, 25 November 2013
  • Karen Andrews hosts community Listening Posts Monday, 25 November 2013
  • Gold Coast residents can now apply for Gallipoli Ballot Thursday, 14 November 2013
  • Scrapping the cap on self-education expenses to help Coast residents Thursday, 7 November 2013
  • Streamlined Student Visas to boost Gold Coast Economy Tuesday, 5 November 2013
  • Pacific Motorway upgrade on track for early finish – Joint Media Release Friday, 1 November 2013
  • ‘Do Not Knock’ laws reaffirmed Monday, 28 October 2013
  • The Coalition’s Policy for Better Child Care and Early Learning Friday, 6 September 2013
  • The Coalition’s Policy for Healthy Life, Better Ageing Friday, 6 September 2013
  • The Coalition’s Policy to Deliver the Infrastructure for the 21st Century Friday, 6 September 2013
  • The Coalition’s Policy for Superannuation Friday, 6 September 2013
  • The Coalition will abolish the carbon tax Thursday, 5 September 2013
  • The Coalition’s Policy for Tourism Thursday, 5 September 2013
  • Coalition committed to ensuring fairness for our retired military personnel Thursday, 5 September 2013
  • Member for McPherson says families, retirees and apprentices are big winners from coalition Wednesday, 28 August 2013
  • Funding for the Coalition’s plan to make the Gold Coast streets safer announced today Tuesday, 27 August 2013
  • Elanora Wetlands one of the first sites nationally to benefit under the Coalition’s Green Army Tuesday, 20 August 2013
  • McPherson families will be over $550 better off by scrapping the carbon tax Tuesday, 13 August 2013
  • Federal Member for McPherson applauds Coalition’s plan to reduce drownings on the Gold Coast Monday, 12 August 2013
  • McPherson businesses to benefit from Coalition company tax cut Friday, 9 August 2013
  • Coalition promise to all McPherson schools: we will match funding Friday, 9 August 2013
  • 2013 Gold Coast Seniors Forum and Expo a huge success Wednesday, 7 August 2013
  • Federal Member for McPherson says election offers clearest choice Monday, 5 August 2013
  • Flag to fly high for Motorcycle Enthusiasts Club Thursday, 25 July 2013
  • Coalition will not support Labor’s FBT policy says Member for McPherson Monday, 22 July 2013
  • Member for McPherson says the time has come for the people to choose Friday, 28 June 2013
  • Member for McPherson helps welcome polio survivors to Canberra Wednesday, 26 June 2013
  • Coalition government will foster scientific research if elected Friday, 21 June 2013
  • Member for McPherson says don’t miss Australia Day nominations deadline Tuesday, 18 June 2013
  • Southern Gold Coast youth urged to apply for assistance to be creative young stars Tuesday, 11 June 2013
  • Federal MPs accepting ANZAC Centenary grants submissions Monday, 3 June 2013
  • 10,000 illegal boat arrivals stretching our border protection resources Monday, 27 May 2013
  • Coalition shows commitment to Southern Gold Coast Wednesday, 22 May 2013
  • Coalition commitment to take pressure off Southern Gold Coast households Friday, 17 May 2013
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