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

$500,000 SUPPORT FOR CLINICAL TRIAL MANUFACTURING

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…

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SUPPORT FOR JOB-CREATING MANUFACTURING STRATEGY

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…

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APPOINTMENTS TO THE CSIRO BOARD

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…

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ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR SPACE DISCOVERY CENTRE

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…

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AUSTRALIA SECURES ONSHORE MANUFACTURING AGREEMENTS FOR TWO COVID-19 VACCINES

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…

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NEW TWO-YEAR TERM FOR WOMEN IN STEM AMBASSADOR

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…

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LAUNCHING AUSSIE BUSINESSES INTO SPACE SUPPLY CHAIN

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…

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SALT AND POTASH PROJECT A BOOST TO REGIONAL WA JOBS

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…

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