Power prices coming down under Morrison Government

The Morrison Government welcomes AGL’s move to lower power prices for customers on standing offers by introducing a safety net. Current standing offer prices are a ‘loyalty tax’ on those Australian families and small businesses who have stayed with their energy company or don’t have time to shop around for a better deal.  The Morrison Government strongly believes…

Innovation hubs to create 1,200 new jobs

Up to 1,200 new Australian jobs will be created, along with three Innovation Hubs around the country, in a major investment announced today by global company Infosys, a leader in Up to 1,200 new Australian jobs will be created, along with three Innovation Hubs around the country, in a major investment announced today by global company Infosys, a leader in…

Roundtable takes on gender imbalance

How to fix gender imbalances in industry and the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) will be a key issue discussed at the Industry, Innovation and Science Women’s Advisory Roundtable in Sydney today. Members of the Roundtable include prominent business leaders, academics and entrepreneurs. Chaired by the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, the meeting is driven…

CSIRO invests $35M in Space and Artificial Intelligence

New and emerging opportunities in Space Technology and Artificial Intelligence will be supported through a $35 million investment, welcomed by the Coalition Government. Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, is adding the two new fields to its Future Science Platforms (FSP) program. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the investment will help create new industries of the future,…

Local set to shine at Australian Training Awards

Australia’s finest apprentices and trainees will celebrate the sector’s night of nights at the 25th annual Australian Training Awards, which recognise those with outstanding skills, professional characteristics and practices. The Gold Coast is being represented by Odin Lowsley, a finalist for the Vocational Student of the Year.  Local Gold Coast MP, Karen Andrews said vocational education and training (VET) is…

$2 Billion fund to transform small business access to funding on the Gold Coast

73,000 small and medium businesses on the Gold Coast will benefit from the Liberal National Government’s introduction of a $2 billion Australian Business Securitisation Fund.  Local MP, Karen Andrews said many small and medium business owners on the Gold Coast find it difficult to obtain finance unless they put up their family home as collateral. “Even when small and medium businesses…

CSIRO’s fish ID research to help on a global scale

Specimens from the Australian National Fish Collection in Hobart are helping improve the monitoring and management of fisheries thousands of kilometres away, through a project developed by CSIRO.  Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews has toured the fishIDER (fish Identification Database and Educational Resource) during a visit to CSIRO’s Hobart site, saying it shows how Australian research improves industry outcomes…

Drones unlock safer future for underground mines

A new autonomous drone start-up from Queensland, Emesent, has received venture capital backing for its technology to make underground mines safer and more productive.  Emesent’s first product, Hovermap, is installed on drones to automate data collection in underground areas too dangerous or difficult for people to survey, such as in mines. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said Emesent featured world-leading…

Helping Gold Coast’s students make informed choices

Local MP, Karen Andrews has encouraged students on the Gold Coast to research and apply for more than 7,000 higher education courses using a new website launched today. Mrs Andrews said the Course Seeker website would allow prospective undergraduate students to compare and apply for courses that are right for them. “This website provides students with transparent, independent and unbiased information,” Mrs…