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

$1.3 BILLION MODERN MANUFACTURING INITIATIVE OPENS FOR MEDICAL PRODUCTS

The Morrison Government is backing Australia’s medical products manufacturers to grow and create new jobs, with applications for projects in the sector opening under the $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI). Medical Products is the second of the six National Manufacturing Priorities which will be supported under the MMI to help manufacturers to scale-up production,…

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BRIDGE TO UNITE AUSTRALIAN AND UK SPACE INDUSTRIES

Ties between the Australian and UK space industries have been strengthened with the signing of a new arrangement to increase connection, exchange and investment. The Space Bridge Framework Arrangement signed overnight enhances cooperation between the Australian Space Agency, the UK Space Agency and each country’s trade and investment agencies. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology…

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$1.3 BILLION MANUFACTURING INITIATIVE BLASTS OFF

The Morrison Government’s game-changing investment to super-charge manufacturing and grow jobs is now open to businesses, with applications sought under the $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI). Businesses with projects in the space sector are the first to be able to apply for grants to help them commercialise ideas or processes, or integrate into global…

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AUSTRALIA AND INDIA EXPAND COOPERATION IN SPACE

A new agreement between the Australian and Indian Governments will further unlock space collaboration between the two countries as the sectors continue to grow and create jobs. The amendment to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Australian Space Agency and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), builds on the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between Australia and…

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BACKING RESEARCH AND INDUSTRY COLLABORATION TO DRIVE GROWTH

The Morrison-McCormack Government is helping Aussie businesses to grow and create jobs, with support for industry and researchers to work together – including in regional Australia. Funding of between $100,000 and $3 million is available under Round 11 of the Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) grants program. In support of the Government’s Regional Decentralisation Agenda,…

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MEDIA STATEMENT – NEW HEAD FOR ANTI-DUMPING COMMISSION

Dr Bradley Armstrong has been appointed Australia’s new Anti-Dumping Commissioner. Dr Armstrong brings extensive experience in both the public service and in the private sector to the role – most recently as Deputy Comptroller-General at the Australian Border Force. After beginning his career as an apprentice carpenter, he has worked in corporate management and commercial banking, and served…

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BUILDING CYBER SECURITY SKILLS IN AUSSIE BUSINESSES

The Morrison Government is getting more Aussies into jobs and lifting the nation’s cyber security capability, with a $26.5 million program opening today. The Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund will provide grants of between $250,000 and $3 million to improve the quality and availability of cyber security professionals through training. Minister for Industry, Science…

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SEEKING AUSTRALIA’S UNSUNG HEROES OF SCIENCE

The search is on again for Australians doing remarkable work in science, innovation and education, with nominations for the 2021 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science now open. The Prizes recognise outstanding achievements in scientific research, research-based innovation and excellence in science teaching – with $750,000 in total prize money up for grabs. Minister for Industry,…

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AUSSIE-MADE ROCKET FUEL LIFTS-OFF

Australia’s space industry is continuing to take off under the Morrison Government, with the launch of the first rocket powered by Australian-made fuel. Queensland company Black Sky Aerospace has developed a process to manufacture solid-state rocket fuel – successfully using it for a launch in outback Queensland earlier this month. The project received co-funding and…

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GRANTS HELPING TO DEVELOP CLEVER BUSINESS IDEAS

Twenty-three small and medium businesses will share in more than $2 million from the Morrison Government to test their great ideas on how to improve the natural environment. The latest round of the Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) is supporting the early-stage development of solutions to tackle five specific government policy and service delivery…

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OPENING UP AUSSIE MANUFACTURERS TO THE WORLD

Australian companies are set to gain new export opportunities, that have the potential to create new jobs, with the COVID-19 Manufacturer Response Register opening to keen international buyers. The Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) introduced the online Register in March, so local manufacturers and suppliers of crucial products such as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)…

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