The Federal Government is working with local industry to increase domestic production of medical protective equipment such as surgical face masks, sanitizer, goggles and gowns amid the outbreak of COVID-19. Med-Con Pty Ltd – a manufacturer near Shepparton in regional Victoria – has increased production with the support of the Government and the Australian Defence…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 backing female entrepreneurs to grow their ideas and create jobs for all Australians, with an $18 million funding program opening today. The Boosting Female Founders Initiative will provide grants to women with start-ups that need support to grow. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the program is designed…Details
The Morrison Government is strengthening the local complementary medicine industry and safe-guarding its export markets, with eligible products to again be able to be sold as ‘Made in Australia’ and with the ‘Australian Made’ logo. The Government, with support from the states, has introduced an interim measure to allow access for complementary medicines that meet…Details
A new global era of space exploration and commercialisation has begun, and the Morrison Government is searching for a visionary space leader to continue to take our domestic industry to the next level, to grow the economy and create new jobs. Dr Megan Clark AC, completes her term as the Head of the Australian Space…Details
The Morrison Government is helping new businesses set their sights on global expansion with $350,000 in funding to a start-up generator. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said Antler Australia selects individuals from diverse backgrounds with a range of skills to find technology solutions and build businesses to enter global markets. “By funding…Details
The Morrison Government is investing further in the future of the Australian automotive industry with $4.5 million in grant funding for innovative new projects. Applications for the second round of the Automotive Innovation Lab Access Grants (AILAG) program open today. Grants will support businesses across Australia to undertake automotive product design, development and testing at…Details
A Gold Coast company that has already caught the attention of NASA has signed a Statement of Strategic Intent and Cooperation with the Australian Space Agency. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the agreement with Gilmour Space Technologies, which specialises in rocket technologies, highlighted the exciting developments underway in Australia’s space sector.…Details
The Morrison Government is positioning Australia as a key global player in critical minerals, granting Major Project Status to a project in regional Queensland that is expected to create hundreds of local jobs. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the Government is committed to backing projects that will boost local jobs and…Details
The Morrison Government has today reintroduced legislation to better target the Research and Development Tax Incentive (R&DTI) and to ensure its ongoing sustainability. We are committed to backing R&D investment and the economic opportunities and jobs it generates. At the same time we need to make sure that taxpayers’ money is well targeted by encouraging…Details
The Australian Space Agency has signed an agreement with space and defence giant, Thales, further strengthening Australia’s international space connections to create new local jobs. Thales is a French company operating and investing in the Australian space and defence sectors, delivering satellite-based systems. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said this Statement of…Details
The Morrison Government is maximising the economic potential of Australia’s medicinal cannabis industry, with Major Project Status granted for the development of new facilities in South East Queensland and regional Victoria. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the medicinal cannabis industry can boost exports and create jobs, with the potential to grow…Details
Former Australian of the Year Professor Fiona Wood AM has been appointed to the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) – Australia’s foremost science advisory body. Professor Wood is Director of the Burns Service of Western Australia and co-founder of the Fiona Wood Foundation. Announcing her four-year appointment today, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology…Details
A small South Australian space technology company has beaten international competition to win a $2.5m Defence contract. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, congratulated Inovor Technologies on winning the contract to deliver a satellite bus that will be used to house equipment in space for the Buccaneer Main Mission. “The Buccaneer program…Details
The Morrison Government is acting to ensure Australian families get what they pay for when organising their holiday spreads, with a pre-Christmas blitz on hams, prawns and other festive favourites. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said inspectors from the National Measurement Institute (NMI) will be deployed to audit 650 businesses this week…Details
A new licensing framework from Standards Australia will give key industries, including building and construction workers, easier access to Australian standards in digital formats. Standards cover everything from consumer products and services, construction, engineering, information technology and the environment. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said standards are the most important reference tool…Details