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

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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AUTO PRINCIPLES GUIDE TO DELIVER FOR CONSUMERS

The Morrison Government has today launched a set of principles to guide agreements between car dealers and manufacturers, as part of our commitment to deliver the best outcome for Australian consumers. The six principles are designed to help steer contract negotiations and build on the historic introduction of a separate schedule to the Franchising Code…

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AUSTRALIA AND INDIA PARTNER ON COVID-19 RESEARCH

Australian and Indian researchers will work together to advance COVID-19 screening and study the future health effects of the virus, after a nearly $4 million investment by the Morrison Government. The Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) has funded six new projects, including one to develop COVID-19 diagnostic technologies and another study of the longer-term effects…

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BACKING AUSSIE STARTUPS OWNED AND LED BY WOMEN

Innovative, female-led startups across Australia are being backed by the Morrison Government, with nearly $12 million in support to help them scale up and grow their businesses. The Boosting Female Founders Initiative is supporting 51 female-founded startups that are majority owned and led by women, with grants of between $25,000 and $480,000. Minister for Industry,…

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BRIGHT STARS JOIN INSPIRING SUPERSTARS OF STEM

A marine ecologist, space technologist and neuroscientist are among 60 outstanding women in science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) who have been named as the newest Superstars of STEM. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the Superstars of STEM program plays a vital role in raising the profile of remarkable women across…

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Research to protect and preserve the Great Barrier Reef

North Queensland’s iconic Great Barrier Reef will be better protected thanks to the Morrison Government’s investment in a $36.3 million research facility near Townsville. In this year’s Budget the Government provided funding to expand the National Sea Simulator (SeaSim), a specially designed facility for climate related coral reef research. Member for Dawson George Christensen said…

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FUNDING TO PROPEL COMMERCIALISATION INCLUDING IN KEY MANUFACTURING SECTORS

The Morrison Government is backing Australian businesses with projects in the space, clean energy and medical sectors to commercialise and take on new markets. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the latest round of the Accelerating Commercialisation grants take the Government’s investment to date to more than $240 million. “These latest grants…

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$1 BILLION MANUFACTURING AGREEMENT SECURES AUSTRALIA’S NATIONAL HEALTH SECURITY

A new high-tech vaccine manufacturing facility will be developed in Melbourne to secure Australia’s long-term supply of critical health products including pandemic influenza vaccines and life-saving antivenoms. The $1 billion agreement between the Morrison Government and Seqirus also provides the ability to rapidly manufacture vaccines when responding to health pandemics in the future. Prime Minister…

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