Minister for Home Affairs

In March 2021, Karen was elevated to the Home Affairs portfolio in the Morrison Government. The Home Affairs department works together with the Australian Federal Police, Australian Border Force, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre, to keep Australia safe.

Prior to that, Karen put Australian manufacturing back on the map as the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology. Her achievements in this portfolio included the $1.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy, as well as the $160 million Manufacturing Modernisation Fund. She also guided the Australian Space Agency through its highly successful first year, and towards a goal of tripling the size of the sector to $12 billion and creating 20,000 new jobs by 2030.

To submit a query or comment regarding the Home Affairs portfolio, visit the Ministerial website.

Portfolio Media

NEW LEGISLATION TO SUPPORT INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES WILL PROTECT AUSTRALIA IN A CHANGING WORLD

The Morrison Government has today introduced the National Security Legislation Amendment (Comprehensive Review and Other Measures No. 1) Bill 2021, to address critical operational challenges facing intelligence agencies in the modern era, as part of the Government’s response to the Comprehensive Review of the Legal Framework of the National Intelligence Community. Minister for Home Affairs…

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KEEPING AUSTRALIA SAFE FROM HIGH RISK TERRORIST OFFENDERS

The Morrison Government has secured passage in the Parliament of legislation to continue to protect the Australian community from the evolving threat posed by convicted terrorist offenders. The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (High Risk Terrorist Offenders) Bill 2021 establishes an extended supervision order scheme to ensure that terrorist offenders who are released into the community at…

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Joint border protection operation with Malaysia to protect our region’s maritime borders

The Morrison Government’s strong commitment to protecting our region from people smuggling and other civil maritime security threats has again been demonstrated, with Operation Redback XVI – a joint operation between the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Malaysia Coast Guard (MCG) – concluding on Sunday, 21 November 2021. Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews…

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Australia’s best crime and violence prevention projects recognised

Twelve outstanding local crime and violence prevention programs from across Australia are today being recognised in an awards ceremony coordinated by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC). The annual Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards recognise the outstanding contributions local groups can make to preventing and reducing violence and crime in our communities. Minister for…

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LANDMARK REFORMS TO NATIONAL SECURITY LEGISLATION WILL BETTER PROTECT OUR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

The Parliament has today passed important amendments to Australia’s national security legislation, better protecting from cyber-attack the critical infrastructure we all rely on. Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews said passage of the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill sent a clear message to anyone considering using digital networks to interfere with Australia, our critical…

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Commonwealth and State Law Enforcement Taskforce Established to Target Biggest Criminal Threats to NSW

Dangerous criminals living the high life from bankrolling corruption, illicit drug trafficking and money laundering are being targeted under a new supercharged operation between the Australian Federal Police, NSW Police Force (NSWPF) and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC). Operation Phobetor is the latest capability strike against outlaw motorcycle gangs, triads, cartels, Italian organised criminals…

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MORRISON GOVERNMENT STRENGTHENS AUSTRALIA’S UNIVERSITY SECTOR TO WITHSTAND FOREIGN INTERFERENCE

Updated guidelines to assist Australian universities strengthen their resilience to foreign interference risks, while protecting students, staff and research that contribute to Australia’s prosperity, have been released today. The updated guidelines will better address how foreign interference threats have evolved since the initial guidelines were released in 2019, and will assist universities to better identify…

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MORRISON GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR RURAL AND REGIONAL VICTIMS OF CYBERCRIME AND ONLINE IDENTITY THEFT

Southeast Queenslanders continue to benefit from the Morrison Government’s record $1.67 billion investment in cyber security. The Glasshouse Mountains area will today benefit from a cyber-security outreach clinic that will increase the resilience of people in rural and regional areas to cybercriminals and support them to protect their data and online identify from theft. Minister…

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NEW VOLUNTARY PRINCIPLES TO PROTECT AUSTRALIA’S CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY SUPPLY CHAINS

The Morrison Government has today released the Critical Technology Supply Chain Principles, to support businesses of all sizes securely and confidently adopt and develop the critical technologies that will drive Australia’s economic recovery and future growth. Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews said the voluntary principles would give businesses and consumers the confidence to take…

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CHARACTER CANCELLATIONS PROTECTING THE AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITY

The Coalition Government has acted decisively to protect the Australian community from foreign criminals, murderers, paedophiles and rapists by cancelling or refusing 10,000 visas on character grounds since 2014. Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews said the Morrison Government had zero tolerance for non-citizens who endanger Australians or engage in criminal activity. “Coming to Australia…

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