News | 20 January 2015

This joint Commonwealth, state and territory government initiative helps apprentices and students lodge complaints and serves employers concerned about any aspect of the training system.

The Hotline directs consumer’s complaints to relevant authorities. 

Logo - National Training Complaints Hotline, Helping consumers to register their concerns

News | 19 December 2014

Informational videos and animations for the Inclusion and Professional Support Program (IPSP) have been developed to promote an understanding of the support available under the programme and the value of that support for child care and early learning services, educators and parents of children with additional needs.

These videos are now available on the Department of Education’s YouTube channel. For further information about IPSP please visit the IPSP page of the Department of Education website.

News | 12 December 2014

The Safe Schools Hub, developed by Education Services Australia and supported by the Department of Education, has won an international award for the best e-learning resource.

The prestigious International E-learning Association (IELA) Awards were announced in Dubai on 5 December. The award acknowledges the outstanding work undertaken by Safe Schools Hub in providing and promoting a one-stop-shop for information and resources on safe school strategies to assist teachers, students, school leaders, parents, student support specialists and pre-service teachers.

The Safe Schools Hub provides a practical toolkit which showcases video case studies highlighting safe school practices, a safe school audit tool, online professional learning modules for pre-service teachers, teachers and school leaders and a range of other evidence based resources and activities that detail the National Safe Schools...

News | 9 December 2014

Last month Minister Pyne announced the 682 recipients of the Australian Government’s Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships for 2015.

The announcement was followed by an Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships presentation dinner in Canberra for the 32 Australian recipients of a Postgraduate Scholarship and Research Fellowship.

The event was an opportunity to congratulate these high achieving recipients and drew guests from across the international education, government and diplomatic sectors.

News | 4 December 2014

These changes affect approved Family Day Care services and applicants seeking to be approved as Family Day Care services for the purposes of the family assistance law. Details of the changes can be found in the fact sheet.

The changes clarify and strengthen some of the eligibility requirements for Family Day Care services contained in the Child Care Benefit (Eligibility for Approval and Continued Approval) Determination 2000.

These changes are integral to the department’s broad ranging compliance programme aimed at encouraging, enforcing and strengthening compliance with family assistance law.

The department is continuing to work with Family Day Care peak bodies to inform services and families of their obligations under family assistance law and to minimise the negative impact on the reputation of the Family Day Care sector.

News | 1 December 2014

Changing over from the 2014 design in early December, the updated website includes interviews and promotional videos featuring the 2015 NYW Young Members. Every state and territory is represented by the Young Members, while there is also an Australian Government Young Member and an Indigenous Young Member.

The new design incorporates brightly-coloured, enthusiastic hands in the air illustrating the willingness to work together as a team and help out. Coming in a variety of different colours, the hands represent the different cultures and backgrounds of young Australians.

News | 1 December 2014

The 2014 Australian Vocational Student Prize nominations closed at 8:00 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (AEDT) on Friday 28 November 2014.

Thank you to all schools that submitted nominations and good luck to all the nominees!

Updates on the 2014 AVSP round will be posted on this site.

News | 24 November 2014

In May 2013, the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee released its inquiry report: Teaching and Learning – maximising our investment in Australian schools.

The Government’s response conveys the government’s commitment to improving teacher quality. Many of the Committee’s recommendations overlap with the work of the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group, which will identify priorities for actions to improve teacher education along with suitable implementation timeframes.

The Australian Government report to the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee:

News | 17 November 2014

The AVSP recognises outstanding Year 12 students who have demonstrated exceptional skill, commitment and achievement while undertaking a Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools programme or Australian School-based Apprenticeship (ASbA) as part of their senior secondary studies.

Up to 500 students will be awarded $1,000 in prize money and be recognised as one of Australia’s top vocational students.

Up to 20 AVSP winners will also be eligible for the Australian Award for Skills Excellence in School.

Nominations close at 8:00 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (AEDT) on Friday 28 November 2014.

Nomination forms and information can be found on the Australian Vocational Student Prize webpage.

News | 10 November 2014

Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley has unveiled the list of participating preschool services for the $9.8 million Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) trial, which will use play‑based apps to help generate interest in language studies that can be built on in later schooling.

For further information please go to the ELLA webpage.

News | 7 November 2014

The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Assistant Minister for Education, has released Continuity of Learning – A resource to support effective transition to school and school age care.

This first national resource has been developed by the Educational Transitions Continuity and Change research team at Charles Sturt University and includes effective transition practices, which reflect the experiences of children, families, educators and communities as they support transitions to school and school age care.

News | 4 November 2014

“The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are internationally competitive scholarships which promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia and its neighbours,” Mr Pyne said.

“These scholarships will support 528 high achieving international recipients with an opportunity to study in Australia and 154 Australians to further their skills and knowledge overseas while building their international awareness.”

Applications for the 2016 Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowship round will open in early April 2015 and close on 30 June 2015.

Please see Minister Pyne’s Media Release and the list of 2015 recipients.

News | 29 October 2014

As part of its Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda, the Australian Government will develop and implement a strategy to improve Australia’s economic performance through better translation of research into commercial outcomes.

Better translation of research into commercial outcomes will help drive innovation in Australia, grow successful Australian businesses and research capacity, and boost productivity and exports. It aligns with the Government’s measures to reform the higher education sector and to realise the potential of health and other research.

The Government is looking for input from the research sector and industry on the discussion paper. The deadline for submissions has been extended until 5 December 2014 at midnight AEDT.

News | 24 October 2014

The next stage of the 2014 Review of the National Partnership Agreement on the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care (2014 Review) will involve consultation on the proposed options for changes to the National Quality Framework using a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS).

The consultation sessions are an opportunity for interested parties to provide feedback on the proposed options for changes to the National Quality Framework and how it affects the sector, families and community.

For more information visit NQF Consultation RIS

News | 15 October 2014

School communities are encouraged to nominate their top Year 12 students. Up to 500 students will be awarded $1,000 in prize money and be recognised as one of Australia’s top vocational students.

Up to 20 Australian Vocational Student Prize winners will also be eligible for the Australian Award for Skills Excellence in School.

News | 12 October 2014

The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Education has released Connections a professional resource for early childhood educators to support young’s children’s mental health and wellbeing, based on current evidence and supportive practices. Developed by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, this resource aligns with the National Quality Framework, the Early Years Learning Framework and the Framework for School Age Care. Additional information is available at the Hunter Institute’s website.

News | 12 October 2014

The final report from the Review of the Australian Curriculum has been released.

The Review makes 30 key recommendations which will need to be examined by all Australian education ministers before any action is taken.

The Review’s 1 600 submissions and the research papers from subject matter specialists are also being made public with the release of the Review’s Final report.

The Australian Government has also released an initial response to the Review of the Australian Curriculum’s Final Report.

Links to the Final Report, the Australian Government’s initial response, the supplementary material and the public submissions are now available here:

Review of the Australian Curriculum

News | 10 October 2014

The NYA is an Australian Government initiative that is held during National Youth Week (10-19 April 2015) with the aim to celebrate, acknowledge and recognise young Australians and the Australian media. The Awards acknowledge outstanding achievements by young people in their communities. The Awards are unique as the selection panel is comprised entirely of young people.   There are seven Award categories including recognition of youth leadership, positive portrayal of young people in the media and promotion of understanding different cultures.

News | 7 October 2014

A formal response to the report will be part of a soon-to-be-released draft National Strategy for International Education, for consultation with the sector.

News | 1 October 2014

The discussion paper outlines proposals to make ESOS more contemporary, flexible and effective.

The reform of ESOS will address a key Government objective—to reduce unnecessary red tape.

Education institutions, training organisations, peak bodies and agencies are invited to make written submissions by 31 October 2014.

Download the discussion paper.