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News | 3 May 2016

The Australian Government delivered the 2016-17 Budget on Tuesday 3 May 2016. To find out what this means for education and training, visit the 2016-17 Budget section of the website.

News | 3 May 2016

As part of the 2016-17 Budget, the Government announced an additional $8.1 million to enhance the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website www.qilt.edu.au

The QILT website supports the quality of learning and teaching in Australian higher education and ensures students have access to transparent and comparable information. QILT helps students and their families make informed choices about their higher education study options by bringing together survey data from all Australian higher education institutions about student’s experiences and graduate job outcomes.

Improved content on the QILT website will support student access to information about:

  • additional course information including fees

News | 3 May 2016

As part of the 2014–15 Budget, the Government announced an ambitious package of higher education reforms to address the challenges facing the higher education sector. These reforms were intended to strengthen the higher education system and ensure Australia is not left behind at a time of rising performance by universities around the world, foster greater innovation in education offerings and to widen opportunity and access to support the growing diversity of student needs and aspirations.

News | 30 April 2016

The strategies are a first for Australia and were launched by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop, and the Minister for Tourism and International Education, Senator Richard Colbeck, in Launceston on Saturday, 30 April.

As Australia transitions to a knowledge and service based economy, these strategies will strengthen and grow Australia’s international education sector over the coming decade.

The National Strategy for International Education 2025; the Australia Global Alumni Engagement Strategy and the Australian International Education 2025 (AIE2025) market development roadmap will help the sector take advantage of global opportunities and continue to flourish.

International education is now Australia’s largest services export and fourth largest export overall behind iron ore, coal and natural gas. Last year alone the sector injected $19 billion into national economy and accounted for 130,000 jobs.

News | 29 April 2016

It is envisioned that the paper will promote public discussion and inform the redesign of the scheme.

Senator the Hon Scott Ryan Minister for Vocational Education and Skills seeks feedback on the ideas presented in the paper which includes a series of questions to guide stakeholders in providing comment.

Submissions will be treated in-confidence and can be forwarded to VFHPolicyRedesign@education.gov.au

The closing date for submissions is Thursday 30 June 2016.

News | 28 April 2016

Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham today launched the Early Childhood Resource Hub—which provides over 150,000 early childhood educators access to over 300 digital resources, including articles, videos, forums, all linked to the National Quality Framework (NQF).

The Hub is great news for child care educators to find quick and easy access to information on the NQF in one simple place.

Educators can use resources on the Hub to support their educational programming and share ideas about professional practice.

The Hub is a valuable tool to assist educators and services developing and implementing quality improvement plans and tackling specific issues, such as the application of learning frameworks, parental engagement and supporting children with specific needs.

For further information and to access the Hub, visit www.ecrh.edu.au.

News | 28 April 2016

Parents were given from 1 January until 18 March (or a later date if previously notified by the Department of Human Services) to meet the immunisation requirements to keep receiving Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. Those parents who did not take steps to meet the requirements will no longer receive child care payments from 2 May 2016.

Due to the rise in the number of children vaccinated over the past few months, there was a delay in processing vaccination records, with some states and territories needing extra time to update the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register.

As the delay was beyond the parent’s control and may have resulted in their child’s information not being up-to-date, child care payments continued to be paid to allow time for the register to be updated.

News | 19 April 2016

These scholarships, fellowships and grants support two-way engagement between Australia and the rest of the world by providing opportunities for Australian and overseas students, researchers and professionals to access learning and research opportunities.

Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are competitive, merit-based scholarships and fellowships providing opportunities for Australians to undertake study, research or professional development overseas and for overseas citizens to do the same in Australia.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers and professionals are strongly encouraged to apply for an Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship including the Endeavour Research Fellowship for Indigenous Australians.

News | 14 April 2016

The Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) trial, which commenced in 2015, has been formally evaluated by Deloitte Access Economics.

For more information about the findings of the report, please visit the Evaluation of the ELLA Trial - Final Report page.

News | 14 April 2016

The ELLA trial is being expanded in 2016 to allow additional early learning services to participate in the programme.

More than 1,000 services that unsuccessfully lodged an expression of interest to participate in the 2015 programme were invited to participate in 2016 on a “bring your own device” (BYOD) basis.

This has resulted in more than 300 preschool services being offered the opportunity to participate in ELLA in 2016, up from 41 services that participated in the 2015 trial.

News | 7 April 2016

Overview

Under the Apprenticeship Training – alternative delivery pilots initiative (the Initiative), five industry-led pilots will be established to trial alternative methods of delivering apprenticeship training.

Pilots will be funded under two streams:

  • Stream One – priority pilots identified by the Australian Government.
  • Stream Two – approach to market through an open competitive grants process.

Proposed funding

Up to $1.84 million in funding will be available to each pilot over three years from 2015-16.

Applications

All applications will be assessed against the objectives of the Initiative and the assessment criteria which will be published in the Guidelines.

News | 6 April 2016

The Higher Education Standards Panel has released a paper calling for public submissions on how to improve transparency in higher education admissions processes.

More information is available on the Higher Education Standards Panel web page.

Interested stakeholders can lodge submissions to HigherEd@education.gov.au by close of business Friday 27 May 2016.

The paper is now available.

News | 1 April 2016

The meeting was chaired by the Hon Scott Ryan, Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and brought together skills ministers from across the nation.

The discussions focused on four priority areas in the vocational education system – industry responsiveness, funding, quality and data.

More information can be found  in the Communique and Media Release.

News | 23 March 2016

Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham has announced the make-up of the Expert Working Group that is tasked with setting the future direction of national research infrastructure, including through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

The Minister said development of this roadmap is critical if Australia is to build on its international reputation as a vibrant centre for innovation and research excellence.

“The Expert Working Group, led by Dr Alan Finkel AO, the Chief Scientist for Australia, will consult widely with researchers, and other stakeholders such as end users of research including industry and business, to develop a national ten year plan to underpin Australian research and identify future national research infrastructure priorities and areas for investment” Minister Birmingham said.

News | 18 March 2016

School students around Australia have thrown their support behind a national move to address the problem of bullying and violence in classrooms and schoolyards across the country.

A total of 930,000 students from over 2060 schools have taken part in the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence by sending a clear message that bullying and violence at school are not okay at any time.

The theme of the national day of action is ‘Take a stand together’ and it gives students and school communities throughout Australia an opportunity to promote anti-bullying initiatives and strategies to a wider community.

Schools taking part have registered with the Bullying. No Way! Website at bullyingnoway.gov.au that has valuable resources for workable solutions to address bullying, harassment and violence.

News | 11 March 2016

A new book launched this week is proof of the profound contribution Australia’s university researchers are making not only to the lives of Australians, but communities around the world.

Commissioned by the Department of Education and Training in collaboration with Universities Australia, World-leading research in Australia’s universities showcases how Australian universities are working with our international partners and building productive alliances with Australian and international businesses and industries.

The book also demonstrates, in an engaging way, the depth and breadth of Australia’s university research, skills and ingenuity at a time when the rest of the world is looking to Australia for new ideas.

Education and Training Minister, Senator Simon Birmingham said the book contains many examples where Australian research is transforming lives here and overseas.

News | 10 March 2016

On 8 March 2016, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, announced the launch of the Preparing Secondary Students for Work website, which includes the new VET self-assessment tool for schools developed in collaboration with key stakeholders from schools, industry and training sectors. “The website contains important information that will assist schools and employers to more effectively work together, directly benefitting students both in the short and long term,” Minister Ryan said. To access the online tool and website visit www.pssfw.myskills.gov.au.

News | 10 March 2016

On 9 March 2016, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, approved the guidelines for the allocation of NCRIS funds from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.

News | 9 March 2016

Review of the Impact of the TEQSA Act on the higher education sector

Terms of Reference

The review will assess the impact on the higher education sector of the TEQSA Act by examining:

  1. what has changed for the sector in moving to a single national regulatory framework from multiple state- and territory-specific arrangements

  2. the extent to which the TEQSA Act has contributed to improved quality in the delivery of higher education

News | 9 March 2016

The 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap is officially underway with the release of the Terms of Reference.   The roadmap will set out Australia’s long-term research infrastructure needs and identify priority areas for future national investment.

Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO, will lead the development of the 2016 Roadmap supported by an expert working group.

The 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap will set out a ten year plan for national research infrastructure that will ensure Australian researchers continue to have access to world class state of the art research infrastructure.  This will ensure that Australian research will continue to be leading edge so as to drive greater innovation across the economy.

The Roadmap is expected to be completed in late 2016, with the members of the Expert Working Group announced shortly.

News | 7 March 2016

The 2015 Australian Early Development Census National Report is now available. This third set of data will complement the existing data and this 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 information.

News | 4 March 2016

More than 145,000 students took part in the survey – the largest ever conducted in Australia on the state of the nation’s higher education sector – which establishes performance benchmarks for higher education providers.

The survey asked students about the quality of their higher education, including student access to computers, libraries and teaching facilities; whether learning advice, careers advisors and health services were available, as well as the development of students’ communication, problem solving and work readiness skills.

Results from the survey also reveal why students consider abandoning their studies. The most common reasons given were situational factors, such as health or stress, study and life balance and the need to do paid work.

Institutions will be able to use this important information to improve the services they offer students, as well as being able to better help students complete their studies.

News | 29 February 2016

The figures show that Australia’s ranking in the global student community remains strong as they represent growth of 10 per cent on student numbers compared to 2014.

Encouragingly, Chinese students continue to flock to Australia with 136,097 students here last year – an increase of 13 per cent on the previous year. It remains at the top of the list of countries with most international students studying in Australia (27 per cent), with India second contributing 11 per cent.

Other nationalities in the top ten included Vietnam, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Brazil, Thailand, Nepal, Indonesia and Hong Kong.

International education delivered almost $20 billion into the Australian economy last year alone, confirming its importance to the economic and social future of Australia.

News | 25 February 2016

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 school (often referred to as preschool or kindergarten). The programme is to be delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher for 600 hours a year, with a focus on participation by Indigenous children, 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.

News | 17 February 2016

The GSO was established under the auspices of Science Ministers from the Group of Eight (G8) countries as an important international policy forum for global research infrastructure. Along with representatives of the G8 (France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Japan, the United States, Canada, and Russia) the group includes representatives from Brazil, the European Commission, India, Mexico, the People’s Republic of China, South Africa and of course Australia.

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