Minister for Industry, Science & Technology

In August 2018, Karen was appointed to the Morrison Government Cabinet as Minister for Industry, Science & Technology.

She comes to the role as a strong advocate of Science and having worked closely with Australian Industry to develop our nation’s skills base.

One of the first females to graduate as an engineer from the University of Queensland in 1983, Karen has long championed the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in education and training. She is a tireless advocate of STEM as a means of driving innovation and preparing people for the jobs of the future.

Karen has a practical track record of working closely with Australian industry and businesses in developing the vocational sector to ensure Australians can gain the skills and training they need to enrich their lives and enhance the national economy.

Copies of Karen’s portfolio media releases can be accessed at her Ministerial website.

Portfolio Media

HELPING SUPERMARKETS FIX WEIGHTY ISSUES

The Morrison Government is working with the major supermarkets to improve their trade measurement compliance so customers get what they pay for at the cash register. Aldi, Coles and Woolworths are among the supermarket chains that have entered into agreements to address instances of non-compliance detected during a two week audit blitz by the National…

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MINISTERIAL STATEMENT – BUSHFIRE SCIENCE ROUNDTABLE

On Wednesday, 15 January 2020 the Hon Karen Andrews MP, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, hosted a roundtable meeting of top scientists and experts to work together in response to the devastating bushfires. Minister Andrews highlighted that disaster response, recovery and resilience activities should be informed by multi-disciplinary research. Bushfire research, as well as…

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SUPPORTING CAR MANUFACTURING TRANSITION

The Coalition Government’s support for car workers and local businesses impacted by industry transition has been backed by a new report released today. The Australian Automotive Industry – Transition following the end of Australian motor vehicle production report found that about 75 per cent of former supply chain companies remain in business following the closure…

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HELP FOR CRITICALLY ILL NEWBORNS AMONG $4.7M GRANTS

An innovative medtech solution that helps doctors administer medicine to critically ill newborns will receive funding from the Morrison Government. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said Victorian based Navi Medical Technologies is one of nine businesses that will share in more than $4.7 million in Accelerating Commercialisation grants to help get their products to market. “The…

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TRANSCRIPT Interview – ABC News 24

Topics: Bushfire Science Roundtable, climate change E&OE Joe O’Brien: The role of science and technology in fighting and reducing the risk of bushfires will be addressed by experts in Canberra today. Science Minister Karen Andrews will meet representatives from the CSIRO, the Academy of Science, along with bushfire researchers. She says today’s roundtable will be…

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FUNDING TO GIVE AUSSIE START-UPS GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

The Morrison Government is helping new businesses set their sights on global expansion with $350,000 in funding to a start-up generator. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said Antler Australia selects individuals from diverse backgrounds with a range of skills to find technology solutions and build businesses to enter global markets. “By funding…

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DRIVING AUTOMOTIVE INNOVATION THROUGH NEW GRANTS

The Morrison Government is investing further in the future of the Australian automotive industry with $4.5 million in grant funding for innovative new projects. Applications for the second round of the Automotive Innovation Lab Access Grants (AILAG) program open today. Grants will support businesses across Australia to undertake automotive product design, development and testing at…

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SCALING UP FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF ROCKET TECHNOLOGY

A Gold Coast company that has already caught the attention of NASA has signed a Statement of Strategic Intent and Cooperation with the Australian Space Agency. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the agreement with Gilmour Space Technologies, which specialises in rocket technologies, highlighted the exciting developments underway in Australia’s space sector.…

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BIG BOOST FOR QLD CRITICAL MINERALS PROJECT

The Morrison Government is positioning Australia as a key global player in critical minerals, granting Major Project Status to a project in regional Queensland that is expected to create hundreds of local jobs. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the Government is committed to backing projects that will boost local jobs and…

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