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

INCREASING DOMESTIC MANUFACTURING DURING COVID-19

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…

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BOOST FOR FEMALE FOUNDED STARTUPS

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…

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FUNDING TO GIVE AUSSIE START-UPS GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

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…

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DRIVING AUTOMOTIVE INNOVATION THROUGH NEW GRANTS

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…

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SCALING UP FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF ROCKET TECHNOLOGY

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.…

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BIG BOOST FOR QLD CRITICAL MINERALS PROJECT

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…

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SPACE AGENCY LINKS UP WITH GLOBAL SATELLITE COMPANY

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…

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MAKING AUSTRALIA AN INTERNATIONAL LEADER IN MEDICINAL CANNABIS

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…

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NEW APPOINTMENT FOR NATIONAL SCIENCE ADVISORY GROUP

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…

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AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS GO DIGITAL

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…

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