News | 2 October 2015

In July and August 2015, Emeritus Professor Ross Milbourne AO led a series of consultation roundtables, webinars and meetings to discuss the establishment of a new learning and teaching institute with the higher education sector. Professor Milbourne’s report on the consultation process can be accessed from the link below:

Report: A National Learning and Teaching Institute

This report will inform the development of a request for proposal for a new learning and teaching institute, which will be issued by the department in the coming weeks.

Further information can be found at

News | 1 October 2015

The process of updating the Skilled Occupation List for 2016-17 is now underway. As part of this and to help inform its labour market analysis, the Department is seeking expert advice and evidence about the suitability of occupations for inclusion on the SOL. Relevant stakeholders, including representatives of industry, employee, trade and professional organisations are welcome to make a submission from 1 October 2015 until 30 October 2015.

News | 16 September 2015

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching — or QILT — website helps students and their families make informed choices about their higher education options by bringing together survey data from all Australian universities about students’ experiences and graduate job outcomes.

The easy-to-use website allows students to compare institutions and study areas based on the results of thousands of surveys completed by current students and graduates. The surveys are based on a range of information, such as the satisfaction of face-to-face discussions, access to computers, graduate salaries, and employment outcomes.

With a few simple clicks, users can search for study areas and institutions of interest to them, and do side by side comparisons, including:

News | 11 September 2015

The Youth Stream Pilots commenced on 1 March 2015 in selected regions, to assist community organisations to help young people return to school, start vocational training or move into work; and business by supporting job specific training for new, young employees.

Senator Birmingham said ‘In recognition of the high rate of youth unemployment across the country, the pilots will operate nationally until 30 June 2016. I am confident that these changes will see the pilots deliver positive outcomes for disengaged and unemployed young people.’

“I encourage all eligible community organisations and businesses to apply for this funding to support and develop our young people, and to help them become skilled and productive members of our community.

News | 8 September 2015

Starring in the videos are the winners and finalists of the Australian Training Awards alumni, many of whom are also Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors.

The first and second series of videos were released in 2011 and 2013 respectively, and have enjoyed over 115,000 collective views – as well as public broadcasts and many event and conference showings. 

In a very powerful and emotive way, the videos illustrate the benefits of skills. For individuals, they show how an investment in training can lead to real careers. For businesses, the stories share evidence of best practice in training and how businesses have used VET to ensure long term and sustainable growth. 

New videos include...

News | 3 September 2015

Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham today encouraged Australians to Book an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador via the Australian Apprenticeships website.

Senator Birmingham was joined by Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors including Ashlee Hodson, the 2013 Australian Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year and WorldSkills Australia international gold medallist, Jessica Martin.

Speaking at the Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College in Sydney, Senator Birmingham said the Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors Programme highlights real life apprenticeship and traineeship success stories and aims to boost the status of apprenticeships.

“More than 150 people have been appointed as Apprenticeship Ambassadors to share their stories and offer valuable advice to the next generation,” Senator Birmingham said.

News | 24 August 2015

The Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham will take part in the national launch of National Skills Week to be held in Sydney tonight. The event will also include appearances by 2014 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year, Sally Moylan and 2014 VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year, Steven Atkins.

News | 21 August 2015

The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, the Minister for Education and Training, has today announced the release of a free app for parents packed with tips and inspiring ways to be more involved in their child’s learning. It’s for all ages, from the high chair to high school, and it gives you:

  • tips and hints
  • relevant information tailored to your child’s age
  • fun and easy ways to stimulate learning

Download Learning Potential for free from 

News | 11 August 2015

The terms of reference for the review and membership of the expert working group are on the Review of Research Policy and Funding Arrangements page.

This issues paper presents an overview of current arrangements relevant to the review and includes questions to stimulate discussion.

The review invites responses to the issues raised in this paper. Submissions can be lodged online through the department’s Submission portal. Enquiries may be directed to

Review of Research Policy and Funding Arrangements for Higher Education - Issues Paper

The deadline for submissions is 5 pm AEST, Friday, 18 September 2015.

News | 11 August 2015

This independent technical report on the status of the NCRIS eResearch capability examines a range of questions concerning the development of NCRIS eResearch infrastructure from 2006 to 2014. The report was commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training in the second half of 2014. The infrastructure built and implemented over the period of this review encompasses Australian Government investment amounting to over $430 million under NCRIS.

Since 2006 there has been unprecedented, in scale and intent, investment in national eResearch infrastructure under NCRIS. The intent and approach have been highly innovative, shaped by a strategic approach to research support in which the critical element has been collaboration. The innovative paths built by NCRIS projects have led to important and creative initiatives and activity, which in turn have driven new research and fields of discovery.

News | 8 July 2015

The AMEP Evaluation found that whilst AMEP is a valued programme that has provided many new migrants with the English language skills they need to settle successfully in Australia, there are a number of potential areas for reform or further investigation.

The community consultations will be held in various locations nationally, with a webinar available for stakeholders unable to attend face-to-face. They draw on recommendations within the evaluation report to explore areas of possible reform to ensure AMEP contributes to the broader Australian Government policy objectives relating to employment, settlement and migration.

More information on the community consultations including locations, dates and registrations is available here.

News | 7 July 2015

The My Skills website is the national directory of vocational education and training (VET) organisations and courses. The update continues to improve and evolve the website into a sophisticated and useful tool for students, training organisations and employers.

The updates improve the display of existing information, as well as adding some key new features such as:

News | 7 July 2015

Terms of Reference
Review of Research Policy and Funding Arrangements


As part of its Boosting the Commercial Returns from Research strategy, the Government has committed to an Agenda for Action that includes a range of actions to enhance the contribution of research in universities and industry to building Australia’s capacity for innovation, productivity and growth, including:

News | 7 July 2015

Education institutions, peak bodies and all other interested stakeholders are encouraged to comment on the exposure draft by written submission.  The exposure drafts and a template for providing a submission are available here. Submissions must be in the form set out by the template.

The proposed amendments will streamline the ESOS framework by reducing compliance and reporting burdens on education institutions, and ensuring that registration processes across Australia’s education frameworks, both international and domestic, work effectively and cohesively.

Other changes seek to minimise unnecessary reporting and administrative requirements.

News | 2 July 2015

The 2015-16 Skilled Occupations List (SOL) has been released by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.  The SOL identifies occupations that would benefit from independent skilled migration for the purpose of meeting the medium to long term skill needs of the Australian economy, where such needs may not be more appropriately met by sponsored migration programs or up-skilling Australians.

News | 1 July 2015

The new Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprenticeship Network) has opened its doors nationally. The Australian Government is investing up to $200 million annually in the Apprenticeship Network which will operate from more than 420 locations nationwide from 1 July 2015.

For further details on the new Apprenticeship Network visit:

News | 1 July 2015

These reforms are the latest of Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham‘s measures to protect vulnerable students from the unethical actions of a small number of unscrupulous providers and their agents.

For further details:

News | 1 July 2015

The Australian Government is investing up to $200 million annually in the Apprenticeship Network which will operate from more than 420 locations nationwide from 1 July 2015. Read the announcement by Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham or visit the Australian Apprenticeships website for more information.

News | 24 June 2015

Professor (Emeritus) Sally Walker AM conducted the review.  Professor Walker is a distinguished lawyer and a highly experienced and respected university administrator, having served as Vice-Chancellor and President of Deakin University from 2003 – 2010 and before that Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne.

The review found that the ANU is a highly successful university, consistently ranking among the top universities in Australia and the world, and that there is much about the governance of the ANU that is exemplary.

The review report makes 29 recommendations aimed at further strengthening the university’s governance arrangements and ensuring that its legislative arrangements will allow the Council to govern effectively into the future.

The Government is considering Professor Walker’s recommendations as it works towards ensuring that the ANU is a standard bearer for governance in the Australian higher education...

News | 22 June 2015

The roundtables are being led by the new Coordinating Council for International Education - consisting of senior Government Ministers with an interest in international education and education and industry experts.

The roundtables are an important step in ensuring the strategy represents a shared national vision and places international education at the heart of Australia’s economic and social prosperity.

The next roundtable will be held on 13 August, with the aim of finalising the national strategy by the end of the year.

For more information, see the Minister for Education and Training’s media releases at:

News | 3 June 2015

The Government has recently released a Draft National Strategy for International Education for consultation. The Draft Strategy is available on the International Education website. The Coordinating Council will consider all feedback on the Draft National Strategy.

As a further step towards finalising the strategy, the Council will convene two roundtables, to be held at Parliament House, Canberra, on 18 June and 13 August 2015. The roundtables will be a platform for consulting with the international education community and will bring together the education and training sector, businesses, students, the wider community and all levels of government.

The Council will also deliver an implementation plan to support the strategy and help make Australian international education the best in the world.

News | 29 May 2015

During term 2 of this year, teachers from across the country will record information based on their knowledge and observations of each child in their first year of full-time school in their class. This third set of data will complement the existing data and that information will help schools, communities and governments to better tailor services and resources to help young children and their families get the support they need. visit the Australian Early Development Census page for related infromation.

News | 26 May 2015

Australia’s research sector is highly productive and recognised globally for the quality of its research. Our researchers have improved our global share of the top 1 per cent of highly cited publications by 75% between 2005 and 2013. When it comes to collaboration between business and researchers, however, Australia’s performance falls away.

Despite Australia’s strong history in producing excellent research, Australia ranks last in the OECD on the proportion of businesses which collaborate with research institutions on innovation and second last of 17 OECD countries on new-to-the-world innovation, showing that more needs to be done to keep the nation at the forefront of increasingly competitive global research.

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: