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

APPOINTMENTS TO THE CSIRO BOARD

Previous Australian of the Year Professor Michelle Simmons will help steer Australia’s national science agency, with the quantum physicist among a series of appointments to the CSIRO board. Professor Simmons has been appointed for five years. Chairman David Thodey AO has been reappointed Chairman of the Board for 12 months. Kathryn Fagg AO has been…

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ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR SPACE DISCOVERY CENTRE

Construction has officially launched on the Australian Space Discovery Centre and state-of-the-art Mission Control Centre to inspire the next generation of Australia’s space workforce. Located in the innovation precinct of Lot Fourteen in Adelaide, the Australian Space Discovery Centre will showcase interactive space exhibits and a careers hub. Mission Control will provide facilities for space…

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AUSTRALIA SECURES ONSHORE MANUFACTURING AGREEMENTS FOR TWO COVID-19 VACCINES

A free COVID-19 vaccine will be available progressively throughout 2021 in Australia, if promising trials prove successful, following a $1.7 billion supply and production agreement between the Australian Government and pharmaceutical companies. Under the agreement, the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca and the University of Queensland/CSL will provide more than 84.8 million vaccine doses for the Australian…

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NEW TWO-YEAR TERM FOR WOMEN IN STEM AMBASSADOR

Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith will continue her important work as the Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador for an additional two years. Professor Harvey-Smith has played a central role in the Government’s efforts to encourage girls and women to study and work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) since her appointment as the inaugural Ambassador…

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LAUNCHING AUSSIE BUSINESSES INTO SPACE SUPPLY CHAIN

The Morrison Government is rocketing Australian businesses into the space supply chain with $25.7 million to grow their capability, create jobs and take part in NASA’s inspirational mission to travel to the Moon and Mars. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the Supply Chain Capability Improvement grants will fuel opportunities for local…

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SALT AND POTASH PROJECT A BOOST TO REGIONAL WA JOBS

The Morrison Government is helping strengthen supply chains that will make Australian industry more resilient, with Major Project Status granted to a mineral processing facility in Western Australia that will create hundreds of jobs. BCI Minerals’ Mardie Salt and Potash Project, located about 100km south-west of Karratha, is expected to produce more than 4 million…

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World-first marine heatwave research

World-first research funded by the Morrison Government is paving the way for a critical forecasting service that could provide warnings of marine heatwaves months in advance. Minister for Environment Sussan Ley said the $300,000 joint research project by the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO, was an important step towards providing Australia’s marine industries with advanced…

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$10M IN GRANTS FOR SMART RECYCLING SOLUTIONS

The Morrison Government is further investing in research that will transform Australia’s waste recycling industry to improve the environment, grow the economy and create new jobs. $10 million will be made available in the latest round of the Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) grants program for projects that provide innovative solutions for the recycling and…

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NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK 2020 TRANSFORMS DURING COVID-19

This year’s National Science Week will embrace the problem-solving spirit of Australia’s science community, with even COVID-19 unable to stop celebrations beginning tomorrow. More than 1100 events are happening across Australia, many of them online, including Australia’s biggest satellite selfie, virtual tours of Great Southern Reef marine life and exploring wildlife in your own backyard…

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BUILDING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY BONDS WITH THE UNITED STATES

Australia and the United States have strengthened their long and productive collaborative history with a senior-level dialogue on science and frontier technologies. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews, who virtually met with White House officials yesterday, said the two nations were committed to increasing cooperation in science and technology. “There are enormous opportunities…

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