Boosting science partnerships in the Asia-Pacifics

Tackling serious diseases, like tuberculosis and malaria, will be the focus of funding from the Coalition Government for Australian-led research projects in the Asia-Pacific region. Fourteen global partnerships will share in $1.25 million to tackle big health, environmental and resources challenges. The funding is through the second round of the Regional Collaborations Programme, which will build stronger linkages in the Asia-Pacific by…

Seeking feedback on ethics of artificial intelligence

For Australia to realise the benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI) it’s important to embed our values in technology, and have trust in what businesses and government are developing in this space. The Liberal National Government is seeking feedback to create guidelines that will ensure AI is developed and applied responsibly in Australia.  A discussion paper on Artificial Intelligence: Australia’s Ethics Framework,…

Maximising medical research and exports

The Morrison Government has granted Major Project Status to Asterion (Australia) Pty Ltd to develop and establish one of the world’s largest, fully automated, purpose-built glasshouses for cultivation and processing of medicinal cannabis. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the trailblazing research facility in Toowoomba would provide a significant boost to the regional economy, creating over 1000 jobs. …

Budget 2019-20 – Further boost for Australian jobs and the economy

The 2019-20 Budget demonstrates the Morrison Government’s commitment to new industries and skills, while also ensuring we support traditional Australian industries and jobs, to further strengthen our economy. These initiatives complement our other commitments to grow Australian industries by supporting more exports and free trade, making energy more reliable and affordable, and delivering a new skills package. The Morrison Government…

Vision for gender equity in Australia

The Morrison Government is investing $3.4 million to improve science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) equity in Australia and boost the participation of girls and women in STEM careers. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology said having a workforce with STEM skills is a key component of the Government’s plan for a stronger economy and more jobs. “The funding underpins…

Fuel retailers on notice

The National Measurement Institute (NMI) will commence a national audit into fuel pump accuracy in the lead up to the Easter long weekend. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said it’s important Australian consumers get what they pay for when they buy products by weight, volume or number. “The Morrison Government is putting fuel retailers on notice, and they can expect a rigorous but fair approach…

Support extended for major prawn project

A multi-billion dollar prawn aquaculture project, expected to create 1,600 jobs in Northern Australia, has been granted a renewal of its Major Project Status. Project Sea Dragon will produce Black Tiger prawns, mainly for the Asian export market, and involves five sites in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the Liberal…

Incubator funding helps kick-start new ventures

Five new incubator projects in the agricultural technology, resources and energy sectors will benefit from $2.2 million in funding from the Liberal National Government. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the successful grant applicants demonstrated the sort of initiative and imagination that was essential to growing Australia’s economy. “The Liberal National Government provides this support because we recognise the critical…