A Queensland company will soon be fitting its fire fighting invention to helicopters across the globe, thanks to support from the Morrison Government. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said Helitak Fire Fighting Equipment is among 10 businesses sharing in $3.1 million in Accelerating Commercialisation grants. “These grants support businesses exhibiting Aussie ingenuity…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.
Forensic science, ocean sustainability and pop-up health lab projects are among those being funded by the Morrison Government’s 2020 National Science Week Grants. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said 33 projects across Australia will share in $500,000 of funding to support creative and engaging events during National Science Week in August. “National…Details
The Australian Space Agency has officially opened its headquarters in the centre of Adelaide today, reaching an exciting milestone in its mission to grow the economy and create new jobs. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Space Agency had made outstanding progress since being established by the Coalition in July 2018 and was now ready…Details
The Morrison Government is backing advanced manufacturing and South Australia’s defence sector, through a new industry-research collaboration. The Government-funded Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC) will inject $1.45 million into a project to help develop and pilot cutting-edge manufacturing technologies that will be used to build nine anti-submarine warfare frigates. BAE Systems Australia’s shipbuilding business, ASC Shipbuilding,…Details
The Morrison Government is partnering with Standards Australia to waive the fee for access to the bushfire construction standard, to support the recovery and rebuilding of bushfire ravaged communities. This jointly funded partnership will provide all Australians with access to AS 3959:2018 – Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas – a key standard referenced in…Details
The Morrison Government is working to foster more competitive new car retailing, with the release of draft regulations to improve transparency and fairness in the market. Car manufacturers, new car dealers and customers now have an opportunity to comment on the draft regulations that introduce changes for the sector under the Franchising Code of Conduct.…Details
Tailored ‘cyber fitness’ programs for small businesses are among 17 projects set to share in $8.5 million in funding from the Morrison Government to strengthen and grow the cyber security sector. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews said the second round of AustCyber’s Projects Fund would further strengthen Australia’s cyber security capability. “These projects…Details
The Morrison Government is backing innovative businesses with ideas to tackle national challenges; including protecting Australia from biosecurity threats and driving growth in our tourism industry. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said six businesses have been granted $1 million each under the Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) to develop their solutions.…Details
The Morrison Government is driving Australia’s waste-recycling industry forward, investing almost $20 million in a series of projects which will create new jobs, grow our economy and help our environment. Nine projects which will see Australia reduce its plastic waste and boost plastics recycling are being funded as part of round 8 of the Cooperative…Details
The Morrison Government is continuing to back research projects which address industry challenges, including one which will make our food industry more climate-resilient. Nine projects will share in more than $25 million in funding under round 8 of the Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-Ps). Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said $3 million…Details
The Morrison Government is continuing to invest in projects to cement Australia’s position as a critical minerals powerhouse, to grow the economy and create new jobs. Six critical minerals projects will share in more than $11 million in funding under round 8 of the Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-Ps). Minister for Industry, Science and Technology…Details
Seizing the economic opportunities for Australia from blockchain is at the heart of a new national roadmap released today. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the National Blockchain Roadmap was another important step on the way to helping improve the nation’s productivity. “The Morrison Government has worked collaboratively with industry and researchers…Details
After a history-making awards night last year, now is your chance to nominate Australia’s scientists, innovators and teachers for this year’s Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science. The Prizes recognise the achievements and success of Australian scientists and innovators, as well as the critical role science educators play in inspiring and encouraging students to take an…Details
Three medicinal cannabis facilities expected to create thousands of jobs in Victoria and South Australia have been granted Major Project Status by the Morrison Government. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the projects would help Australia continue to develop its medicinal cannabis industry. “When you combine our world-renowned agriculture sector, with our…Details
The Morrison Government continues to build Australia’s critical minerals future, granting Major Project Status to a new Western Australian rare earths facility. The Mt Weld Rare Earths Processing Facility project near Kalgoorlie will see the development of a new facility to separate rare earths which are essential elements in the making of wind turbines and…Details