The Morrison Government is helping fast-track the world’s largest green hydrogen and ammonia production facility, which is expected to create tens of thousands of jobs in Western Australia. The proposed Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH) in the Pilbara region is expected to support more than 20,000 direct and indirect jobs during construction over 10 years,…Details
Minister for Industry, Science & Technology
In August 2018, Karen was appointed to the Morrison Government Cabinet as Minister for Industry, Science & Technology.
She comes to the role as a strong advocate of Science and having worked closely with Australian Industry to develop our nation’s skills base.
One of the first females to graduate as an engineer from the University of Queensland in 1983, Karen has long championed the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in education and training. She is a tireless advocate of STEM as a means of driving innovation and preparing people for the jobs of the future.
Karen has a practical track record of working closely with Australian industry and businesses in developing the vocational sector to ensure Australians can gain the skills and training they need to enrich their lives and enhance the national economy.
Copies of Karen’s portfolio media releases can be accessed at her Ministerial website.
As part of the Morrison Government’s plan to grow Australian manufacturing and create jobs, five new members have been added to a reinvigorated and newly named Industry Innovation and Science Australia (IISA). DuluxGroup CEO Patrick Houlihan and Woodside Energy’s Lauren Stafford have both been appointed to the Board for three years. Fintech and consumer rights…Details
A first-of-its-kind facility in Brisbane, backed by the Morrison Government, will see Australian start-ups able to manufacture potentially life-changing products for clinical trials here at home. The T3 Cleanrooms at the Translational Research Institute will support the development of new medical technologies and pharmaceuticals – fast-tracking job-creating innovations in Australia. Launching the facility today, Minister…Details
The Morrison Government is further investing in science and technology to help businesses to grow and create jobs for Australians, with nearly $460 million in additional funding for the CSIRO. The extra injection of funding in the 2020-21 Budget takes the Government’s total investment in CSIRO to $3.8 billion over the next four years –…Details
The Morrison Government is backing Australian manufacturing, as well as the science and research that underpins it, as part of our Economic Recovery Plan to lead the nation out of the COVID-19 crisis by creating the jobs needed now and for generations to come. The 2020-21 Budget includes an investment of $1.5 billion over four…Details
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews has welcomed the overwhelmingly positive support for the Morrison Government’s Modern Manufacturing Strategy. “Our almost $1.5 billion investment is sending a signal here at home and to the world that not only is Australia open for business, but we mean business,” Minister Andrews said. “We’re putting our…Details
Topics: Modern Manufacturing Strategy, Queensland border closures E&OE: Neil Breen: Just as JobKeeper is being wound down, the Morrison Government’s JobMaker plan is being cranked up. Today, some of the details are being unveiled with a $1.5 billion plan to transform Australia’s manufacturing industry. We know we’ve let manufacturing slide; it’s time to build it…Details
Australia is another step closer to helping create the world’s largest radio telescope, which will allow further exploration of the universe while creating jobs in Western Australia and growing the economy. Australia has today ratified the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Observatory Convention. Under the Convention, WA will host 130,000 antennas and South Africa the 200…Details
Previous Australian of the Year Professor Michelle Simmons will help steer Australia’s national science agency, with the quantum physicist among a series of appointments to the CSIRO board. Professor Simmons has been appointed for five years. Chairman David Thodey AO has been reappointed Chairman of the Board for 12 months. Kathryn Fagg AO has been…Details
Construction has officially launched on the Australian Space Discovery Centre and state-of-the-art Mission Control Centre to inspire the next generation of Australia’s space workforce. Located in the innovation precinct of Lot Fourteen in Adelaide, the Australian Space Discovery Centre will showcase interactive space exhibits and a careers hub. Mission Control will provide facilities for space…Details
A free COVID-19 vaccine will be available progressively throughout 2021 in Australia, if promising trials prove successful, following a $1.7 billion supply and production agreement between the Australian Government and pharmaceutical companies. Under the agreement, the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca and the University of Queensland/CSL will provide more than 84.8 million vaccine doses for the Australian…Details
Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith will continue her important work as the Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador for an additional two years. Professor Harvey-Smith has played a central role in the Government’s efforts to encourage girls and women to study and work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) since her appointment as the inaugural Ambassador…Details
Inventors of a system which can detect bushfires in minutes will share in more than $5 million from the Morrison Government to roll out the technology here at home and overseas. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said Fireball International’s innovative sensor system is among 12 projects being backed to take on new…Details
The Morrison Government is rocketing Australian businesses into the space supply chain with $25.7 million to grow their capability, create jobs and take part in NASA’s inspirational mission to travel to the Moon and Mars. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the Supply Chain Capability Improvement grants will fuel opportunities for local…Details
The Morrison Government is helping strengthen supply chains that will make Australian industry more resilient, with Major Project Status granted to a mineral processing facility in Western Australia that will create hundreds of jobs. BCI Minerals’ Mardie Salt and Potash Project, located about 100km south-west of Karratha, is expected to produce more than 4 million…Details