News | 2 December 2015

The key elements of the package are:

  • the new, simpler Child Care Subsidy, which will improve child care affordability
  • the Child Care Safety Net, which will improve accessibility
  • the Nanny Pilot Programme, which will enhance flexibility.

The Child Care Subsidy will replace the Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) payments with a single, means-tested payment. 

Families using child care from July 2017, on family incomes between $65,710 to $170,710 will be on average around $1500 a year better off under this Package.

The Child Care Safety Net will help provide targeted assistance for disadvantaged communities and vulnerable and at-risk children and families to ensure they get a strong start while supporting parents to enter the workforce.

News | 23 November 2015

Skills Ministers from across the country came together to continue discussions on the actions being taken across the reform priorities for the vocational education system. At the meeting a range of immediate actions, as well as areas for future focus, were agreed.


News | 20 November 2015

The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP, Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, provided a keynote address at the presentation dinner.

Minister Hartsuyker

“All the award finalists have achieved amazing things thanks to VET, and are helping build a highly skilled workforce to help our nation remain competitive into the future, ” Minister Hartsuyker told over 700 guests at the presentation dinner. View the Minister’s media release, here.

News | 13 November 2015

In May 2015 the Department of Education and Training (the department) initiated formal reviews into six non-government school authorities associated with the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) to ensure that each authority is meeting the requirements of the Australian Education Act 2013 (the Act).

The Act requires, amongst other obligations, that all school authorities operate not-for-profit, be a ‘fit and proper person’ and ensure that funding provided is used only for school education.

The Department has concluded the reviews and has notified each school authority that it is not currently complying with governance, financial and accountability requirements of the Act. All school authorities in Australia are required to meet these requirements in order to receive Commonwealth funding and the department actively monitors compliance with these requirements.

News | 12 November 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 | 10 November 2015

Australia’s best apprentices, trainees, VET teacher/trainers, vocational students, businesses, industry partnerships, secondary schools and registered training organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to skilling Australia will gather in Hobart on Thursday 19 November at 7:00pm for the 2015 Australian Training Awards.

The majority of the awards are the culmination of the state and territory awards with winners from aligned categories in each state and territory eligible to compete at the national level. There are also seven award categories available by entering directly to the Australian Training Awards.

News | 9 November 2015

Australians living overseas who have a Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) debt or Trade Support Loan (TSL) will have the same repayment obligations as people living in Australia, following the passage through Parliament of overseas debt recovery legislation.

Until now, people who took out a HELP or TSL loan and moved overseas were under no obligation to repay their debt as long as they remained offshore residents. Now, anyone who has a HELP or TSL debt, who earns above the minimum repayment threshold ($54,126 in 2015-16), will repay their debt regardless of where they live.

News | 5 November 2015

On 05/11/2015 the Minister for Tourism and International Education, Senator Richard Colbeck announced the successful recipients of the Australian Government’s Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships for 2016.

These scholarships will support 500 high achieving international recipients with an opportunity to study in Australia and an additional 198 Australians to further their skills and knowledge overseas while building their international awareness.

Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are internationally competitive and promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia and participating countries around the world.

Applications for the 2017 Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowship round are expected to open in April 2016.

More information can be found on Senator Richard Colbeck’s Media Release...

News | 28 October 2015

The Department of Education and Training Annual Report 2014–15 was tabled in Parliament on 28 October 2015.

An accessibility-optimised PDF of the report and a html version of the Department of Education and Training Annual report 2014-15 is available.

News | 28 October 2015

The department has released a paper which summarises major reviews of higher education funding policy over the past 25 years.

The paper surveys the findings of the 1988 Dawkins’ White Paper through to the 2014 Kemp-Norton Review of the Demand Driven Funding System. It also canvasses international developments.

It shows that successive Australian governments have faced similar challenges in ensuring higher education funding is fair, sustainable and able to meet the increasing demand for high level skills in our economy.

Minister Birmingham’s media release is available on the Minister’s media centre.

News | 16 October 2015

The Higher Education Standards are the basis for the regulation of higher education providers and courses by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

The legislative instrument is available for download from the Australian Government ComLaw website.

The new standards will come into effect from 1 January 2017.

It is expected that the new standards will support continued improvement in the quality of Australian higher education while easing the regulatory burden associated with TEQSA’s provider registration and course accreditation assessments.

News | 9 October 2015

The Department of Education and Training is committed to reconciliation and is proud to support Narragunnawali. This commitment is outlined in the department’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2014-2017.

An online RAP Developer has been developed to guide schools and early learning service through the process of developing a RAP.

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 New National Institute for Learning and Teaching

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. 

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

On Friday 21 August 2015, the former Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP,   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: