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.

Portfolio Media

NEW FACE MASK TESTING FACILITY OPENS IN MELBOURNE

A new Australian-first testing facility will enable local manufacturers of surgical face masks to fast-track the supply for frontline health workers. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the new CSIRO facility in Melbourne will boost Australia’s sovereign capability to produce essential medical supplies more efficiently and at a lower cost. “The COVID-19…

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PUTTING BRAKES ON HOLDEN’S FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Decisive action has been taken to ensure General Motors doesn’t see another cent in taxpayer support, after its decision to wind up the Holden brand in Australia. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said over a million dollars in payments have been stopped, after GM Holden was deregistered from the Australian Government’s Automotive…

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LOCALLY MADE VENTILATORS BOOST FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

Australia’s front line defence against COVID-19 has been bolstered with a group of local manufacturing companies and engineering firms delivering its first invasive ventilators to the National Medical Stockpile. This shipment, and the rest to follow over coming weeks, comes only three months after the Morrison Government reached a $31.3 million agreement with Grey Innovation…

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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN FOOD LABELLING EVALUATION BEGINS

The Federal Government has begun an evaluation of Australia’s country of origin food labelling system to make sure it’s working for both Aussie consumers and businesses. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the evaluation would help determine if the new system which came into effect in 2018 was helping Australians as intended.…

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NEW PREFAB INNOVATION HUB TO BOOST JOBS AND ECONOMY

A new Innovation Hub is set to supercharge Australia’s prefabricated building industry, potentially creating thousands of new jobs and adding up to $30 billion to the economy. The Morrison Government has provided $2 million to the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) to fund and manage the new hub, following a feasibility study. Minister for Industry,…

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$10M MISSION TO BUILD FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN RESILIENCE

A $10 million mission has been launched to further secure Australia’s food supply chains and build the agrifood industry’s resilience to shocks. The Morrison Government-backed Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre today launched its Mission Food For Life. The three-year program will bring agrifood businesses, tech companies and the research sector together to develop new data-driven…

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JOINT MEDIA RELEASE – NT PROPELS INTO SPACE

The Australian and Northern Territory Governments are teaming up to expand the Top End’s space sector, with a new agreement to maximise the Territory’s natural advantages to create jobs and grow the economy. Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Northern Territory…

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BACKING BUSINESSES TO SOLVE KEY ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES

The Morrison Government is calling on the nation’s small and medium sized businesses to help develop innovative solutions that can solve national environmental challenges. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said $12 million was being made available through the latest round of the Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) across five challenges. “This…

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SCIENCE TO MITIGATE BUSHFIRE SMOKE IN WINEMAKING AMONG $25 MILLION PROJECTS

A project to future-proof Australia’s winemaking industry from the impact of bushfire smoke taint is one of 10 research initiatives to share in a $25 million funding injection from the Morrison Government. The successful Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-Ps) under round 9 will involve 29 Australian companies, including 22 small and medium businesses. Minister for…

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NASA’S GLOBE EDUCATION PROGRAM RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA

Students and teachers from across Australia will once again have the opportunity to participate in a NASA sponsored international science and education program. NASA and the Australian Space Agency have signed a cooperative agreement to re-engage in the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program. This worldwide initiative provides a unique opportunity…

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AUSTRALIAN INGENUITY SOLVING REAL WORLD PROBLEMS

A diagnostic tool to fight cancer and technology which protects businesses from flood losses are among a series of projects being backed by the Morrison Government to commercialise and grow. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the 21 projects sharing in more than $10 million are perfect examples of the dynamic business…

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AUSTRALIA, JAPAN UNITE TO GROW SPACE INDUSTRIES

Australia’s long standing space cooperation with Japan has been strengthened with our two countries committing to build on our relationship to grow the space industry and create new jobs. Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzō Abe acknowledged the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) between the Australian Space Agency and the…

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DRIVING AUTOMOTIVE INNOVATION IN COVID-19 RECOVERY

The Morrison Government is continuing to drive the Australian automotive industry forward, with support for businesses to take their innovative products and designs to the next level. 17 Australian businesses will share in almost $2.8 million in funding under Round 2 of the Automotive Innovation Lab Access Grants program. The Government investment is expected to…

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