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

AQUACULTURE A POTENTIAL BOOM INDUSTRY FOR NORTH

Northern Australia’s aquaculture industry has the potential to generate thousands of new jobs and increase the value of its production to more than $1.3 billion, according to the findings of a new study. The study, by the CRC for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA), found the industry could increase its current production value five-fold and create…

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FUTURE OF FASHION INDUSTRY POST-COVID

Boosting demand for Australian-made fashion and diversifying manufacturing capability to upskill and create new jobs are among the key issues that will be discussed today at a roundtable with the local fashion industry. Chaired by the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews, the roundtable will bring together prominent local fashion designers and brands,…

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HOLDEN AGREES TO NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH

The Morrison Government welcomes GM Holden’s guarantee to negotiate with car dealers in good faith, after its decision to withdraw from the Australian market. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said today’s commitment from GM Holden to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is positive progress toward a fair compensation package for dealers…

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MATCHMAKING PLATFORM TO BOOST LOCAL MANUFACTURING SUPPLY CHAINS

Australian businesses wanting to play their part in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic will have greater access to potential partners and customers thanks to an industry matchmaking site backed by the Morrison Government. Developed by the Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC), the COVID-19 Manufacturer Response Register will bring together manufacturers, suppliers and customers…

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POTASH FERTILISER PROJECT A WIN FOR PILBARA REGION

The Morrison Government is helping accelerate the development of a new premium fertiliser project in Western Australia which will create hundreds of jobs in the Pilbara region. Mineral fertiliser company Agrimin Limited has been granted Major Project Status for its Mackay Potash Project, located near the East Pilbara town of Kiwirrkurra. The project will extract…

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SEARCH BEGINS FOR NATION’S NEW CHIEF SCIENTIST

The search has begun for Australia’s next Chief Scientist to provide vital leadership and advice to the Australian Government. It comes ahead of Dr Alan Finkel’s term concluding at the end of this year. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the role of science has never been more critical for Australia and…

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NATIONAL INNOVATION GAMES GO VIRTUAL TO TACKLE COVID-19 CHALLENGES

The Federal Government’s National Innovation Games are going virtual, with a series of events focussed on addressing challenges stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. The first virtual event today will bring together students, clinicians, academics and businesses online to investigate healthcare services for all South Australians. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said thanks…

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BACKING AUSSIE MANUFACTURERS TO MODERNISE

The Morrison Government is backing Australian manufacturers to modernise how they do business, with critical investment in small and medium sized businesses in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. 200 projects worth more than $215 million dollars are being supported through the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund (MMF). The Federal Government is contributing $48.3 million. Minister for…

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AUSSIE MANUFACTURERS UNITE TO PRODUCE EMERGENCY HOSPITAL BEDS

A group of four Australian-owned and operated manufacturers has teamed up with an international medical technology company and is drawing on local supply chains to manufacture emergency hospital beds in response to COVID-19. Demonstrating the power of Aussie innovation and collaboration, the Australian Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) has helped facilitate the partnership between…

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3000 MORE VENTILATORS DELIVERED TO COVID-19 STOCKPILE

More than 3000 ventilators have been delivered to the Federal Government from Australian manufacturing company ResMed to assist in the response to the coronavirus pandemic. This represents more than half of the 5500 ventilators purchased from ResMed by the Federal Government for the COVID-19 Stockpile. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the…

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INDUSTRY CONSORTIUM TO MANUFACTURE 2000 VENTILATORS

A group of Australian manufacturing companies and engineering firms will work together to produce 2,000 invasive ventilators in Australia as part of the nation’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Federal Government has reached a $31.3 million agreement with Victorian company Grey Innovation, which is leading an industry consortium to produce the ventilators. Minister for…

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