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Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research
Minister for Small Business

The Hon Chris Bowen MP


A world class higher education, skills, science and research sector is critical to business and to the daily lives of all Australians. Education and quality training fosters and sustains an innovation culture and drives productivity in Australia’s rapidly changing economy. Central to this economy is small business in Australia and its five million workers have much to gain from a better educated workforce. Highly skilled employees help businesses grow and prosper and build on key reforms in tax reform, reducing red tape and management support.

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Australian Training Awards logoMinistry Changes


On 2 February 2013, changes to the Ministry were announced.


Plan for Australian Jobs cover imageIndustry Innovation Precincts to create jobs of the future

The Gillard Government will commit $504.5 million to establish up to 10 Industry Innovation Precincts to improve connections business/research links and mobilise Australian industry to compete successfully in global markets.



Friday, 22 March 2013

Transcript: Press Conference - Parliament House

The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, and the Minister for Small Business, the Hon Chris Bowen MP resigns from Cabinet.
Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Improved tools to help Australian business

The Government’s popular business planning apps are now available for Android™ tablet users.
Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Supporting Australian science on the world stage

Australian science and industry organisations are being invited to bid for design and engineering work on the world’s largest telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).
Thursday, 14 March 2013

Business expert reappointed to ANSTO Board

The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Chris Bowen MP, today announced the reappointment of Ms Erica Smyth as a part-time member of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Board for five years.
Friday, 15 March 2013

$4.8 million to boost university teaching quality

The quality of service at Australian universities is set to be boosted with funding for 32 projects to improve learning and teaching at higher education institutions.


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