Non-compliance targeted in the building industry

Key talks about non-compliance in Australia’s building industry will be held at this week’s Building Ministers’ Forum, chaired by the Australian Government, following a fire at the Spencer Street high-rise apartment building in Melbourne. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the Melbourne fire and emergency events concerning the Opal Tower in Sydney, emphasise the need for all governments to…

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Benefits of a stronger economy flowing onto the Gold Coast

The benefits of a stronger economy are flowing to the Gold Coast, with the unemployment rate falling from 5.7% in September 2013 to 4.3%. Gold Coast MP, Karen Andrews, welcomed the news. “While Australians work hard to provide for their families, the Coalition Government is getting on with the job of helping to deliver a stronger economy,” Minister Andrews said.…

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Researchers and Industry working together

The Liberal National Government is creating significant new economic opportunities for Australians by strengthening the relationship between researchers and industry. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the latest National Survey of Research Commercialisation results show a dramatic increase in activity since the Coalition has been in government. There were more than 18,000 research contracts and collaborations in 2016,…

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Millions for smart businesses to take the next step

Sixteen small businesses across Australia will share in almost $10 million under the Liberal National Government’s Accelerating Commercialisation grants.  The latest round of funding will help the businesses take their products to market, growing the Australian economy and creating more jobs. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the grants were designed to accelerate the development of high…

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Helping start-ups take on the world

The Liberal National Government is providing $2 million to help foster Australian start-ups in key sectors like agricultural technology, hardware development and advanced manufacturing. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews congratulated the six successful applicants, which will receive the funding under the $23 million Incubator Support initiative.  “Incubators like these and the start-ups they support play a critical role…

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Putting data to work from the ground up

Australian farmers and investors will be better informed to make agricultural decisions thanks to a new platform that comprehensively assesses and monitors land. Launched today by CSIRO and startup Digital Agriculture Services, the Rural Intelligence Platform delivers reliable farm data and analytics directly to farmers, industry and government bodies. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews welcomed the new platform…

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Gold Coast receives Roads to Recovery funding

Gold Coast City Council will receive almost $24 million in funding under the Liberal National Government’s Roads to Recovery Program. Local MP Karen Andrews said the Gold Coast City Council will receive $23,676,058 over the 2019−20 to 2023−24 period. “These allocations under the Roads to Recovery Program are great news for the Gold Coast,” Minister Andrews said. “The funding provides the Gold…

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Record high Medicare bulk billing rate on the Gold Coast

More Gold Coast residents are visiting their doctor without having to pay a cent, with new data showing a record GP bulk billing rate for the September quarter 2018. Gold Coast MP, Karen Andrews said the data for the first quarter of the 2018-19 financial year has the GP bulk billing rate at a record 838,489. “This is up from…

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Strengthening mental health services and job security on the Gold Coast

The Liberal National Government will provide a record $1.45 billion for community mental health services and change the funding model to ensure security for both jobs and services. Gold Coast MP Karen Andrews welcomed the announcement, and said the funding will be provided through the Government’s innovative 31 Primary Health Networks (PHNs).  “PHN’s were setup as an independent regional health…

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Test lab pilot program prepares for revolution

A new program designed to prepare businesses for the fourth industrial revolution will take place in six selected Australian universities. The University of Queensland, the University of Technology Sydney, the University of South Australia, the University of Western Australia and Swinburne University of Technology have been chosen to participate in the pilot program. These institutions join the University of Tasmania,…

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