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

QUEENSLAND COMPANY LAUNCHES CUTTING EDGE MEDICAL APP

Operating room medical staff will be able to receive essential training anywhere, anytime thanks to an innovative locally-developed online training app. The Qlicksmart digital platform was developed entirely in Australia with the assistance of an Australian Government Innovations Connection Grant. Launching the platform on the Gold Coast, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews…

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EMPOWERING BUSINESSES TO GO DIGITAL IN COVID RECOVERY

The Morrison Government is future-proofing small businesses as they navigate the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a new online tool to help them go digital and bounce back stronger out the other side. Digital Coaching International will receive $1.9 million to establish ‘The Enterprising Community’, a non-government organisation that will create a website…

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WA SPACE PROJECTS TO DRIVE INDUSTRY GROWTH

The Morrison and McGowan Governments are investing in new space technologies in Western Australia, to help a range of industries across the nation to grow and create new jobs. Fugro Australia Marine will receive $4.5 million from the Commonwealth to build the Australian Space Robotics, Automation, and AI Command Control Complex (RAAICC) in Perth. The…

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$11M SPACE GRANTS TO BOOST BUSINESSES AND LOCAL JOBS

The Morrison Government is backing a series of projects designed to grow Australia’s space sector and create local jobs, including improving GPS technology and the design of innovative spacesuits that will make spacewalking easier. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the 10 projects sharing in $11 million would boost jobs and skills…

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GROWING AUSTRALIA’S PPE CAPABILITY

The Morrison Government is strengthening Australia’s sovereign capability to produce essential medical supplies, with support for innovative companies to manufacture the materials needed to make Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Kestrel Manufacturing are receiving $495,000 to assist in its production of filter materials used in both surgical and P2 masks. Clets Linen are receiving $213,000 to…

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BUILDING MISSION CONTROL CENTRE

Australia’s first Mission Control Centre is one step closer to lift off with local company Saber Astronautics chosen to establish the state-of-the-art space hub in Adelaide. The Mission Control Centre will provide facilities for space businesses and researchers to control satellite and space missions, and include a live link to the International Space Station so…

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AUSTRALIA AND INDIA UNITED IN RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS

Research collaboration between Australia and India has been given a nearly $20 million boost with funding for new projects to advance pandemic research and reduce plastics waste. $15 million will go to extending the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund for another four years, while an additional $4.5 million will support collaborative work led by CSIRO to…

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HELPING FEMALE-LED REGIONAL BUSINESSES GROW

The Morrison Government is helping female business owners step-up to tackle global markets as part of the nation’s COVID-19 recovery. Canvas Coworking Inc will receive $86,450 through the Incubator Support Initiative to establish the ‘Flair Incubator’ for female-led, regionally-based Queensland businesses that aspire to trade globally. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said…

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AUSTCYBER NODES STRENGTHEN QLD CYBER ECONOMY

Queensland is set to strengthen its position in the booming cyber security sector, with three new hubs across the state to make businesses more secure, as well as drive economic growth and create new jobs. Cyber Security Innovation Nodes will be established in Brisbane, Townsville and the Sunshine Coast in a partnership between the Federal…

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SUPPORTING THE NEW CAR RETAILING MARKET

The Morrison Government is fast-tracking a rebalancing of the new car retailing market, with reforms coming in from today to ensure Australian car dealers are given a fair go. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said she’s implemented the reforms a month ahead of schedule to improve the transparency and fairness of new…

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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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