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News | 29 July 2014

On 26 July 2014, Assistant Minister for Education, the Hon Sussan Ley MP announced the establishment of the Ministerial Advisory Council for Child Care and Early Learning.

The Council is chaired by the Assistant Minister for Education and co-chaired by respected former Commonwealth Department Secretary, Dr Jeff Harmer AO. The Council includes members representing a range of perspectives from across the child care and early learning sector.

The Council provides a forum where strategic policies affecting the child care and early learning sector can be considered, and where informative consultation with the sector can take place.

Further information about the Council is available from the Council page.

News | 22 July 2014

The Productivity Commission today released the draft consultations report of the Inquiry into Child Care and Early Childhood Learning.

The Productivity Commission received more than 460 formal submissions and 700 online comments, meaning almost 1200 individuals and organisations have had their say.

The work of the Productivity Commission is critical to informing the Government’s decisions about the future of child care in Australia.

The Productivity Commission will now undertake further public consultations through hearings and public submissions. The first public hearing will be in Perth on 7 August 2014. Further dates and locations can be found on the Productivity Commission’s website.

Submissions will close Friday 5 September 2014 and the final Productivity Commission report will be submitted to Government by 31 October 2014.

News | 16 July 2014

Students in the 2013 Challenge  spoke of the insight they gained through their projects into what it was like to be a historian examining Australia’s past. 

Watch their statements about the highlights of their projects.  

In 2014 the theme is Changing Perspectives, visit the Challenge website to register your school. 

Registrations will close on Friday 29 August 2014.

News | 16 July 2014

The 2014 Youth 20 (Y20) Summit was a great success, exceeding the expectations of the Planning Group and the Australian Government.

The 120 youth delegates from G20 and invited countries met in Sydney to discuss key issues at the Summit held 12-15 July. The delegates were welcomed with a video message from the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Tony Abbott MHR and by Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education. The Welcome to Country was delivered by an Aboriginal elder from the Eora Nation. During the Summit, delegates worked passionately to negotiate and finalise recommendations on: growth and jobs creation; global citizenship and mobility and sustainable development. The outcomes of this Summit will assist G20 deliberations on the key themes.

Viewers from across the globe participated in a number of Y20 sessions through live and interactive webcasts.

News | 15 July 2014

The new website has been specifically designed to assist parents, schools, researchers and the early childhood sector to better engage with the AEDC. The change in the name will make it much easier for people to understand what this data collection is all about. Just like the Australian Bureau of Statistics Census, the AEDC is a national collection of data. The AEDC collects data on how Australian children are performing in a range of areas such as physical health and wellbeing; social competence; emotional maturity; language and cognitive skills; and communication skills and general knowledge.

The next AEDC collection will take place in 2015 and it is important that parents, schools and communities get involved. This data assists governments, community organisations, schools and other policy makers’ gather valuable insight into young children’s development needs to better align resources to where it is needed most.

News | 11 July 2014

The Australian Y20 Planning Group are ready for tomorrow’s Opening Ceremony of the Y20 and the opportunity to start discussion around growth and jobs creation, global citizenship, and sustainable development with the 120 Delegates from around the world.

The Summit aims to identify the most pressing global economic challenges facing young people, engage in substantive policy discussions and help generate innovative solutions which will be presented to the G20 for consideration in their discussions.

Anyone can watch and participate in some of the Y20 sessions online! To get involved, all you have to do is visit the Y20 website , Facebook or Twitter pages for more information.

News | 4 July 2014

There’s only one week left to go until young people from across the Group of Twenty (G20) countries come together in Sydney to have their voices heard.

The Australian Y20 Planning Group is very busy finalising preparations for the Summit including ideas for discussion around growth and jobs creation, global citizenship, and sustainable development.

The Summit aims to identify the most pressing global economic challenges facing young people, engage in substantive policy discussions and help generate innovative solutions which will be presented to the G20 for consideration in their discussions.

Anyone can watch and participate in some of the Y20 sessions online! To get involved, all you have to do is visit the Y20 website Facebook or Twitter pages for more information.

News | 2 July 2014

The Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP has announced the successful projects to be funded through the Australian Maths and Science Partnership Program (AMSPP) Competitive Grants Round.

10 universities across Australia will deliver innovative maths and science projects worth $16.4 million over three years.

More information about the AMSPP programme and the successful grant recipients is available.

News | 1 July 2014

CQUniversity will increase the number and type of students attending by offering a full range of courses from Certificate 1 through to doctorate, and providing flexible pathways between vocational and higher education.

Minister Pyne’s media release.

News | 30 June 2014

The Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP has announced a $22 million grant for Good to Great Schools Australia to improve the literacy results of children in remote primary schools.

For information please visit the Flexible Literacy for Remote Primary Schools Programme web page

News | 22 June 2014

The Minister for Education the Hon Christopher Pyne MP announced an increase of $22 million in funding for the Teach for Australia programme.

The Teach for Australia programme aims to fast-track high-calibre non-teaching graduates into disadvantaged schools through an intensive training programme that leads to a post-graduate teaching qualification.

More information about the programme is available on the Teach for Australia website.

News | 19 June 2014

Following the High Court’s decision, the Commonwealth no longer has capacity to administer or control the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.

It may be that services continue to be provided at particular schools – whether that is the case will be a matter for the individual schools and the providers of chaplaincy and student welfare services to determine.

The Commonwealth has decided to waive its right to recover payments that have already been made under the program funding agreements. In reaching this decision, the Commonwealth has given careful consideration to the range of factors that are relevant to the exercise of its power to waive debts owing to it.

The Department of Education will provide further information to schools, funding recipients and education authorities on the decision and its impact on the specific circumstances relating to each provider following further analysis of the decision.

News | 17 June 2014

The Assistant Minister for Education, The Hon Sussan Ley MP has announced the Australian Vocational Student Prize winners for 2013 and the Prime Minister’s Award for Skills Excellence in School.

Congratulations to all winners and their schools. Visit the 2013 Australian Vocational Student Prize Winners web page for a list of all the winners!

News | 13 June 2014

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, today attended the Safe Schools Symposium where the Safe Schools Coalition Australia was launched.

The Safe Schools Coalition Australia is the first national programme funded by the Australian Government with the aim of creating safe and supportive school environments for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse people.

The Safe Schools Coalition Australia is managed by the Foundation for Young Australians.

For more information, visit the Safe Schools Coalition Australia website.

News | 12 June 2014

Following the third EU-Australia Workshop on Research Infrastructures hosted by Australia in November 2013, four formal cooperation agreements between Australian and the European Union facilities were signed in May 2014. The signing events, hosted by the Australian Embassy in Brussels, involved the National Imaging Facility (NIF), Therapeutic Innovation Australia (TIA), Compounds Australia, EuroBioimaging, European Clinical Research Infrastructure, European Infrastructure for Translational Medicine and European Infrastructure of Open Screening Platforms for Chemical Biology. These agreements will give Australian researchers better access to some of the world’s most advanced treatment options and give access to research infrastructure that will help them translate great Australian medical research discoveries into better diagnosis of medical conditions, new products and new drugs.

News | 12 June 2014

With only one month left to go until the Youth 20 (Y20) Summit young people from across the Group of Twenty (G20) countries are gearing up to come together in Sydney to have their voices heard.

The Y20 is being held from 12-15 July and will provide an opportunity for young people to discuss some of the most pressing global economic challenges including growth and jobs creation, global citizenship, and sustainable development. The Y20 is the official youth engagement group of the G20 and is an essential component of the Australian Government’s engagement of stakeholders with the G20 agenda.

The Summit provides a platform for young people to communicate with world leaders about the issues that are important to young people within the community.

Y20 Australia 2014 is being organised by a Planning Group of influential young Australians, supported by the Australian Government.

News | 12 June 2014

The review made a number of recommendations about the future of the programme.

Assistant Minister Ley has agreed to the implementation of recommendations relating to:

  • a new outcomes based performance framework
  • introduction of a quality improvement strategy to further improve quality service delivery in BBF services
  • streamlining some administrative arrangements from 1 July 2014.

These changes will coincide with new funding agreements for BBF services.

Recommendations regarding ongoing policy direction are to be considered by the Productivity Commission as part of its comprehensive inquiry into child care and early childhood learning.

More information about the BBF Programme and the review is available on the BBF page.

News | 23 May 2014

This programme is the largest-ever investment in the professional development of early childhood educators. Approved centre-based long day care services are eligible to apply, with additional support for early childhood teachers, as well as services located in outer regional, remote and very remote communities, to help tackle skills shortages in these areas.

The LDCPDP will provide long day care educators with assistance to meet the qualification requirements under the National Quality Framework (NQF) and improve practice to ensure quality outcomes for children. The Government wants all LDC services and all LDC educators to benefit from high quality training and development opportunities that contribute to improved early learning experiences and outcomes for children in the years before they commence formal schooling.

News | 16 May 2014

The Census presents a national overview of the early childhood and education workforce, selected characteristics of child care services, preschool programmes and staff survey highlights. More information about the 2013 National Early Childhood Education and Care Workforce Census is available.

News | 14 May 2014

New higher education access and participation measures announced - see Budget 2014-15 announcements

News | 14 May 2014

To find out what this means for child care and early childhood learning, school education, higher education, international education and academic research, visit the Budget 2014-15 section of the website.

News | 14 May 2014

Funding of $19.1 million for 2014-15 will be released from the Contingency Reserve for the Australian Government's contribution to the states and territories under the National Partnership Agreement.

Funding will also be available in 2014-15 for the Australian Government's direct contribution to the operation of the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority.

A fact sheet is available which details further information about the National Partnership Agreement on the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care and the 2014-2015 funding.

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