Hon Karen Andrews MP


Member for McPherson, Queensland

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
Liberal Party of Australia
House of Representatives

Seating Plan

Seating map

Electorate Office

(Principal Office)

Ground Floor The Point 47 Watts Drive
Varsity Lakes, QLD, 4227

Postal address

PO Box 409
Varsity Lakes, QLD, 4227

(07) 5580 9111
(07) 5580 9700

Parliament Office

PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

(02) 6277 4360
(02) 6277 8462


Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for McPherson, Queensland, 2010, 2013 and 2016.
Parliamentary positions
  • Member, Speaker's Panel from 4.3.14 to 9.2.15
Ministerial appointments
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science from 23.12.14 to 21.9.15.
  • Assistant Minister for Science from 21.9.15 to 19.7.16.
  • Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills from 19.7.16.
Committee service
  • House of Representatives Standing: Education and Employment from 25.10.10 to 10.2.15; Petitions from 4.12.13 to 10.2.15.
  • Joint Standing: Public Works from 25.10.10 to 3.3.15 (Chair from 12.12.13 to 3.3.15).
Party positions
  • Female Vice-President, Liberal Party Carlton Branch 1989.
  • Secretary, LNP Women 2008; Vice-President, LNP Women 2009.
  • Campaign Secretary, Mermaid Beach LNP 2008.
  • Secretary, LNP Mermaid Robina Branch 2008-09.
  • Chair, McPherson Federal Divisional Council 2008-09.
  • Secretary, Mermaid Beach State Electoral Council 2009.
  • Born 23.8.1960, Brisbane, Qld.
  • Married.
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • BEng(Mech)(Queensland University of Technology).
  • GradDip in Industrial Relations (Victoria University).
  • Certificate in Mediation, Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia.
  • Engineer 1983-88.
  • Industrial advocate 1988-91.
  • Human resources manager 1991-93.
  • Manager, Health, Education and Community Services, Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry 1993-94.
  • Assistant Director, Industrial Relations, Dept of Health and Community Services 1994-96.
  • Industrial relations and human resources consultant 1996-2010.
    Description: provincial.

    Location: south-east Queensland, southern part of the Gold Coast and hinterland; it includes a major part of the tourist strip of the Gold Coast and includes the centres of Burleigh Heads, Clear Islands, Coolangatta, Currumbin, Currumbin Valley, Elanora, Merrimac, Mudgeeraba, Palm Beach, Robina, Tallebudgera Valley, Tugun and Varsity Lakes.
    Area: 230 sq km.
    Electors enrolled: 103 761 (at 2.7.16).
    Industries: tourism, retail and service industries.

    State electorates: McPherson includes the Queensland Legislative Assembly electorate of Currumbin, and parts of Burleigh, Mermaid Beach and Mudgeeraba.