News | 20 May 2016

Six teams of respected and eminent researchers have been announced that will assist in identifying Australian research infrastructure capability by assessing what we have and what the nation might need in the future.

The teams of experts will examine the areas of: health, physics, environment, culture, national security and underpinning research.

This process is integral to the development of a discussion paper for the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, which will be released later in the year.

The list of the areas and respective capability experts is below. Their current position and employer have been included to show the range of expertise.

News | 20 May 2016

The 2016-17 Skilled Occupations List (SOL) has been registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The review of the SOL was conducted by the Department of Education and Training. 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 | 6 May 2016


Following their announcement at the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) in December 2015, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, Minister for Vocational Education and Skills has released the Apprenticeship Training – alternative delivery pilots guidelines.

Stream One pilots will trial broader industry adoption of alternative methods of delivering apprenticeships training. Representing industry sectors - building and construction, electrical and communications - vital to the Australian economy, Stream One pilots will be designed and delivered by the Master Builders Australia, National Electrical and Communications Association and North East Vocational College in Adelaide.

Stream Two is an open grants process for a further two pilots. Applications will close on 29 July 2016.

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News | 6 May 2016

New Research Block Grant arrangements for universities were announced in December last year and form an important element of the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA).

In line with the aims of NISA, the new arrangements are designed to drive greater research-industry engagement by increasing incentives for collaboration with business and organisations which use the outcomes of research.

This will ultimately help translate our excellent research into benefits for the Australian community. 

Stakeholders have until Monday 25 July to comment on the consultation paper.

The consultation paper ‘Sharper incentives for engagement: New research block grant arrangements for universities’ is now available.

News | 6 May 2016

News | 4 May 2016

To support the implementation of Australia’s first ever National Strategy for International Education 2025, the Australian Government as part of the 2016‑17 Budget has committed $12 million over four years.

This funding will enable us to undertake projects in a range of areas by increasing opportunities for the sector to grow and diversify, such as enhancing the employability of international students; piloting innovative education delivery and borderless education models; undertaking further international education research to inform better policy and practice; raising community awareness of the benefits international students bring to Australia – socially, culturally and economically; and further enhancing our reputation for quality student living and learning experiences.

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

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 | 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

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

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 | 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 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 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

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.