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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Innovative companies rise to the challenge

An intensive 12-week program to support companies with proven solutions for the mining and energy sectors has begun today in Brisbane and Perth. The RISE Accelerator Program is backed by the Liberal National Government and involves 17 Resources Innovators, Scale-ups and Entrepreneurs (RISE). RISE participants are Australian companies based in Queensland or Western Australia with products or services which are delivered…

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Coalition grows digital economy by $14B

Australia’s digital economy has grown by approximately $14 billion under the Coalition Government, according to a new Australian Bureau of Statistics report just released. The ABS research paper finds that digital economy activities grew rapidly, both in current price and volume. Domestic production of digital products has grown from approximately $79 billion in 2012-13 to $93.5 billion in 2016-17, thanks to the…

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New round of Mets funding ignites eight projects

The Liberal National Government is supporting the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector, with funding of more than $4 million going into eight projects. The grants under Tranche 3 of the METS Ignited Project Funds initiative will be boosted by a further $6.9 million cash contribution from industry, with this round focussing on robotics and automation. Minister for Industry, Science and…

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French connection for innovation and science

A delegation of senior French leaders from research organisations and universities is visiting Australia this week to further strengthen our science and innovation relationship with France.  The French Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Ms Frédérique Vidal, is leading a delegation of 50 French experts who will formalise a total of 24 cooperative arrangements with Australian innovation and science partners.…

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Blue economy supporting national prosperity

Australia’s marine industry is making an annual contribution of almost $70 billion to the national economy, according to a report released today.  Commissioned by Australia’s tropical marine science agency, the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), the AIMS Index of Marine Industry is a biennial update of the impact of Australia’s marine sector.  Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews…

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Adviser to help flood-affected businesses in North QLD

The Liberal National Government is providing a team of dedicated on-the-ground advisers to help flood-affected businesses in North Queensland. Funded by the Coalition Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme, the business advisers will run workshops in the region from March to June. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews said the Coalition was committed to supporting businesses affected by the floods, which caused widespread…

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