News | 19 May 2015

The Australian Government has released a Draft National Strategy for International Education and is consulting widely on how to ensure we harness the knowledge boom and meet international demand for training and education.

The Forum involves employers, education and training providers and students in considering ways to build more opportunities for Australia to increase its profile as a world leader in international education, and to be at the forefront of global skills training.

The Minister will host two further forums in Adelaide and Sydney in the second half of 2015.

For further details:

News | 18 May 2015

Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has launched the first set of online teaching and learning resources created under the initiative.

The materials showcase the diversity and economic importance of food and fibre production in Australia, and are aligned to Australian Curriculum learning areas including science and geography.

Topics covered by the materials include: designing and making a financial plan for a market garden, free range chicken farming, food security, and sustainable production practices in food and fibre.

More than 75 high quality digital learning resources aligned to the Australian Curriculum are now freely available to schools online.

News | 14 May 2015

On 14 May 2015, The Hon Christopher Pyne MP Minister for Education and Training approved the guidelines for the allocation of NCRIS funds for a 12 month period between 2015-2016.

News | 12 May 2015

To find out what this means for education and training, visit the Budget 2015-16 section of the website.

News | 8 May 2015

Ministers from across the country came together at the William Angliss Institute in Melbourne to continue the dialogue on the skills reform agenda agreed in April 2014. More information can be found here:

News | 8 May 2015

The establishment of the Committee delivers on the commitment made by Commonwealth and state and territory skills ministers last year to streamline governance arrangements and put industry at the centre of the vocational education and training (VET) system. The new Committee will provide advice to governments on VET policy and give industry a stronger voice in the vocational education and training system, to help ensure it is efficient and effective in delivering the job-ready workers that industry needs. It will take on some of the work of the dissolved National Skills Standards Council.

News | 4 May 2015

Universal access to early childhood education ensures that a quality, early childhood education programme is available for all children in the year before full-time schooling (often referred to as preschool or kindergarten). The programme is to be delivered by a degree qualified early childhood teacher for 600 hours a year, with a focus on participation by vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

Research shows that participating in a quality early childhood education programme can significantly increase positive educational and life outcomes for children, especially those from more disadvantaged backgrounds. The universal access initiative aims to improve participation in quality early childhood education for all Australian children.

Further information is available about Universal Access and a copy of the announcement...

News | 27 April 2015

The Apprenticeship Network will make it easier for employers to recruit, train and retain apprentices and trainees with the ultimate aim of improving Australian Apprenticeships completion rates.

The Apprenticeship Network introduces innovative new targeted services which will deliver tailored advice and support to Australian Apprentices and employers who need additional assistance prior to sign-up and in-training.

Employers will receive more efficient help in navigating the apprenticeships system while individuals will be better assisted to complete their training.

Improving completion rates means more Australians will get to realise the full benefits of an apprenticeship, and the rewarding careers that come as a result.

News | 21 April 2015

Young people played a key part in planning, running and attending a variety of activities across Australia, with thousands of young people getting involved.

In 2015, a new social media live wall was introduced on the official NYW website, where relevant posts with the hashtag #NYW15 were displayed. The live wall was also screened at the National Youth Awards (NYA) Presentation Ceremony in Brisbane on 16 April.

News | 21 April 2015

The eight winners of the 2015 Simpson Prize, one from each state and territory, are travelling to Gallipoli for the ANZAC Centenary commemorations on 25 April 2015.

Winners and runners-up visited national institutions in Canberra in March 2015. They attended a presentation ceremony at Parliament House on 16 March 2015, where they were presented with medallions and certificates by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson (on behalf of the Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP).

The 2015 Simpson Prize Awards video features comments from some of the students.

For winner and runner-up essays and more information on the 2016 Simpson Prize topic, visit

News | 21 April 2015

On 21 April 2015, the Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, announced the new model for Training Product Development for Australian Industry.

This new model demonstrates the Government’s commitment to training that is high quality and that delivers real skills for jobs. It is also further evidence of the Government’s commitment to industry leadership and smaller government.

To support Australia’s economic prosperity, the national training system needs to be more responsive to industry need and flexible for employers of all sizes and across all sectors.

News | 20 April 2015

The submissions received as part of the Government’s consultation process have been made public.

Links to the public submissions are available on the Department’s submission page.

News | 20 April 2015

The results of the survey present a positive snapshot of the experiences of international students who have chosen to study in Australia.

Presently Australia is the fifth most popular international study destination behind the USA, UK, Germany and France. The top reasons for choosing Australia, identified as important or very important by over 90% of higher education student respondents, were:

News | 10 April 2015

The largest celebration of young Australians in operation, NYW provides those aged between 12 and 25 the opportunity to participate in a diverse variety of events in their local area. The National Planning Group Young Members assist in the planning and facilitation of the national celebrations. This year’s theme is ‘It starts with us.

Social media is set to play a key role in this year’s festivities via a new social media live wall. The concept is a first for the event and will be available on the NYW website, at the upcoming 2015 National Youth Awards Presentation Ceremony (the official event of Youth Week) and at other selected events.

Young people can get involved by tweeting the #NYW15 hashtag to share their relevant NYW news and images for publication on the live wall.

News | 1 April 2015

The new eligibility criteria were announced during the 2014-15 Budget and bring the eligibility criteria for Family Day Care services in line with those used for Long Day Care CSP applicants.

Family Day Care services can apply for CSP funding for next financial year (2015-16) from 1 April 2015. 

For further information please visit the Department of Education and Training website.

News | 1 April 2015

The Government has released for consultation the Draft National Strategy for International Education.

The release of this draft strategy initiates a consultation process to ensure that the final strategy represents a shared national vision and responsibility.

For more information, please visit the International Education website.

News | 25 March 2015

There are 18 categories presented at the Australian Training Awards. You can enter a majority of the Awards through state and territory training awards programmes and seven of the awards are available by direct entry.  

Applicants may have the opportunity to reach the national stage in November this year and gain Australia-wide recognition for the work they do. Watch this short video explaining the benefits of applying for an Australian Training Award.

Australian Training Award direct entry categories include:


News | 22 March 2015

Making My School better considers the recommendations from the Review of My School website and proposes a strategy to ensure My School provides parents and the community with consistent, comparable and reliable information in a user-friendly and accessible manner.

As the My School website is a joint undertaking of all Australian governments, Making My School better will be presented to state and territory education ministers through the Education Council for consideration. Any changes to the My School website will be agreed to by the Education Council prior to implementation.

News | 20 March 2015

Today, schools across Australia are participating in the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA). Schools, students, teachers and parents will send a clear and powerful message that bullying and violence are not okay in any situation.

Over 890,000 students from 1950 schools are participating across Australia to collectively support the important message and ‘take a stand’ against bullying and violence in their school community.

Participating schools will run their own activities and proactively strengthen the key message that bullying and violence are not okay at any time or in any situation.

News | 17 March 2015

The national history contest on the ANZAC tradition for Year 9-10 students attracted a record 2296 entries this year, more than double the number of entries for the 2014 prize.

The winners will travel to Gallipoli in April 2015 for the ANZAC Centenary commemorations.

Students submitted essays or audio visual presentations on the question: To what extent did Australians enlist in 1914 to defend the ‘Mother Country’?

For winner and runner-up essays and more information on the 2016 Simpson Prize topic, visit

Simpson Prize Winners



News | 12 March 2015

The Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, today announced the Government will deliver a rolling campaign of legislative and other changes this year to deal with rogue training providers and better protect students taking out VET FEE-HELP loans.

The new measures will:

  • Stop training providers from offering incentives to students, like cash and laptops, to get them to sign up to courses that they don’t need

  • Stop marketing agents and brokers ‘freelancing’ to sign up as many students as possible, without being covered by any regulator

News | 5 March 2015

The $44 million pilot programmes – Training for Employment Scholarships and Youth Employment Pathways – are part of the youth stream of the Industry Skills Fund.

“These initiatives will help not only businesses and young people, but also their towns and communities, particularly at a time of high youth unemployment,” Senator Birmingham said.

Under Training for Employment Scholarships, businesses with less than 200 staff who hire an unemployed person aged 18 to 24 after 1 March 2015 may be eligible for funding of up to $7500 to help the employee gain new skills or qualifications.

Youth Employment Pathways offers funding to support community service organisations assist disengaged youth, aged 15 to 18, to get back into school, start vocational education and training (VET) or move into the workforce.

News | 13 February 2015

The submissions received as part of the Advisory Group’s public consultation process have been made public.

Links to the Report, the Australian Government response, public submissions and commissioned research are available on the Students First website.

News | 10 February 2015

Between 2014 and 2017, New South Wales will receive $22.75 million from the Australian Government.

To find out more, visit the Students First website.