Boosting language learning among the Gold Coast’s kids

More of the Gold Coast’s youngest minds will get the opportunity to learn a foreign language with an expansion to the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program. ELLA uses a play-based digital application to teach preschool children a second language. Local MP Karen Andrews said the expansion of the ELLA program into more preschools and primary schools will give many more…

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Sky’s the limit for Australian Optical Astronomy

The Coalition Government has officially launched Australian Astronomical Optics (AAO), a new national optical astronomy entity.   AAO will bring together and boost Australia’s existing strengths in optical technology. The AAO will take on a commercial and industry focus, while continuing strong engagement with the global community by designing and developing equipment for world-leading facilities.  Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews…

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Growing Australia’s Hydrogen Industry

A burgeoning Australian hydrogen industry is one step closer with a new partnership between CSIRO and Fortescue Metals Group. CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall and Fortescue Founder and Chairman Andrew Forrest AO announced the partnership in Queensland today. Minster for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the partnership would create more Australian jobs and new industries, as well…

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Boosting female founders to go global

The Coalition Government is helping female entrepreneurs access domestic and global markets with $18 million in funding through a new Boosting Female Founders Initiative. As part of the Women’s Economic Security Statement, we will support female-founded start-ups, helping them overcome barriers to the capital needed to get their ideas off the ground.   Minister for Women Kelly O’Dwyer said the new…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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$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…

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