Advancing Australia’s Blockchain Industry

The development of a national blockchain roadmap and $100,000 of funding from the Morrison Government will help position Australia’s burgeoning blockchain industry to become a global leader. The roadmap will focus on a number of policy areas including regulation, skills and capacity building, innovation, investment, and international competitiveness and collaboration. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said Australia…

ADC Global Blockchain Summit – ADELAIDE

***Check against delivery*** Ladies and gentlemen, it’s great to be here. I would like to acknowledge South Australian Premier Steven Marshall, and I thank the ADC Forum for inviting me. This is a great opportunity to share insights into the future of blockchain technology. I think it’s fitting that Adelaide is hosting this event. The South Australian Government sees the blockchain industry as a future…

Have your say on draft Terms of Reference for a Royal Commission

Local MP Karen Andrews is encouraging people with disability, their families or carers on the Gold Coast, to have their say on draft Terms of Reference for a Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. Minister Andrews welcomed the Coalition Government’s announcement today to begin an important public consultation process to shape the scope of…

Australia’s commitment to world’s largest telescope

Australia has joined six other nations in signing an international treaty committing to the construction of the world’s largest science facility – the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The Convention, signed by Australia, China, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa and the United Kingdom, will establish the SKA Observatory.  Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews said Australia is perfectly positioned to…

Export hub to help businesses make mark overseas

A Melbourne export hub will help small and medium businesses better access international markets due to funding from the Morrison Government. Wantirna’s Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited will receive $1.5 million from the Coalition‘s Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Export Hubs Initiative. Export hubs are business networks that help small and medium businesses harness opportunities in international markets, particularly where the Coalition Government has signed free trade agreements…

CSIRO’s Data61 launches new robotics research facility

Australia’s robotics research capabilities will receive a boost with CSIRO’S Data61 unveiling a new Robotics Innovation Centre in Brisbane.  Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews welcomed Data61’s unveiling of the new 600 square metre purpose-built research facility for robotics and autonomous systems, an industry set to be worth $23 billion by 2025.  “CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, has a…

Space Agency and ACT sign pivotal agreement

The Australian Space Agency and ACT Government have set a trajectory to further drive the growth of Australia’s space sector with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today. The MoU will establish a framework of cooperation in the development of space-related industries as the Australian Space Agency looks to strengthen the national space sector from its location in Adelaide.…

Young Australians value STEM for the future

Young Australians are keen on pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and careers, and these skills are seen as important to get a good job, according to a new national survey.  These were among the key findings of a survey of 2000 people aged between 12 to 25 and their attitudes to STEM. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology…

Indigenous STEM Awards honour culture and science

A remote Northern Territory school with a bilingual science program is one of 12 winners announced at today’s Indigenous STEM Awards. Areyonga School, which teaches science in Pitjantjatjara and English, won the School Award and will receive $10,000 to link local Indigenous knowledge to the curriculum, developing inquiry based learning. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews congratulated Areyonga School, about 220km…

New deal with Indonesia boosts Australian Industry

Australian industries will benefit from duty free access for many steel, iron, copper and plastic products as part of the landmark Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) signed today.  IA-CEPA will deliver significant benefits to Australia’s manufacturing and resources sectors.  Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews welcomed the signing, saying IA-CEPA would help to further strengthen Australia’s…