The Morrison Government’s vaccine and treatment strategy is set to take another positive step forward, with the Government putting a call out to local manufacturers as part of our preparations to produce a future vaccine and treatments for COVID-19. The request for information builds on the Government’s $333 million investment in vaccine, treatment and therapeutic…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.
The Morrison Government is working with the NRL to combat counterfeit merchandise, with the trial of an innovative new digital app. The NRL is piloting the ‘Trust Badge’ on two of its official online merchandise stores as part of IP Australia’s Smart Trade Mark initiative. The Badge verifies the websites to help consumers identify authentic…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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.…Details
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,…Details
The Morrison Government is helping fast-track Australia’s largest renewable energy infrastructure project which aims to power the Northern Territory and Southeast Asia – injecting billions into our economy and creating thousands of Australian jobs. Major Project Status has been granted to Sun Cable’s proposed Australian-ASEAN Power Link (AAPL) – which would be one of the…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
The Morrison Government is backing cutting-edge research into two of the most prominent health conditions that affect millions of Australians – diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The Government will invest $47 million over four years into a new program to accelerate research into preventing, diagnosing and treating the conditions. Minister for Health Greg Hunt said the…Details