News | 19 September 2014

photo of the National Youth Week planning group

Back row (From left to right) Chantal Ober (Indigenous Young Member), Stephanie Jackson (Australian Government Representative), Trent Caldwell (Western Australia Young Member), Shannon Dillon (Queensland Young Member), Griffin Blizzard (Tasmania Young Member), Michael Casha (Victoria Young Member) and  Sharnie Roberts (Northern Territory Young Member).

Front row (from left to right) Caitlyn Duggan (New South Wales Young Member), Maria Hull (South Australia Young Member) and Annie Zhou (Australian Capital Territory Young Member)


The NPG consists of Young Members from every state and territory, including an Australian Government Young Member and an Australian Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Young Member.

News | 17 September 2014

The resource includes a digital booklet and a series of PDF flashcards. These are designed to help early childhood educators transform children’s every day activities into opportunities for teaching literacy and numeracy concepts.

The booklet includes three sections that provides background information on literacy and numeracy concepts; mapping what is around to use for teaching literacy and numeracy activities; and workshops designed to assist educators to come together and think about their programmes with respect to literacy and numeracy development.

The resource is perfect for use by early childhood education and care professionals and pre-service educators during group professional development sessions or independent study. 

Visit the Department of Education website to download a copy of the resource or to see other early childhood education resources...

News | 17 September 2014

This is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to reviving language study in this country.

The trial will provide children with the opportunity to learn a language other than English by using innovative online software. Participants will test how effective online language learning can be using custom developed, play-based apps on mobile tablet devices as part of their usual programme activities.

Assistant Minister for Education the Hon Sussan Ley MP said teachers are not required to be fluent in other languages to join the trial, which will be run in 2015.

“I encourage services to visit the website and consider being a part of this creative new way to give our children the gift of language,” Ms Ley said.

OPEN 9 am Monday 15 September 2014 (AEST)
CLOSE 5 pm Monday 29 September 2014 (AEST)

News | 16 September 2014

All of the Northern Territory’s 154 government schools will benefit through the initiative, with up to 15 government schools expected to become Independent Public Schools by 2017.

To find out more, visit the Students First website.

News | 15 September 2014

Australian Government funding of $12.88 million will expand Queensland’s Independent Public Schools initiative and provide professional development to support school leaders to effectively manage more autonomous schools.

To find out more, visit the Students First website.

News | 15 September 2014

All of Victoria’s 1,526 government schools are expected to benefit from at least one of the activities that will be implemented through the initiative.

To find out more, visit the Students First website

News | 12 September 2014

This event is part of series of roundtables which the Minister is hosting to highlight the needs of students with disability and learning difficulties.

The June 2014 roundtable canvassed the needs of students with dyslexia and how schools can implement “dyslexia-friendly” practices to support students. Better preparing teachers to work with students with disability and learning difficulties, particularly through ongoing professional development, was discussed at the August 2014 roundtable.

More information on Policy Roundtables is available.

News | 9 September 2014

Over 5000 Australian tertiary students will share in $16.5 million in grants to study overseas and prepare for life and work in a global environment.

Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP said international education experiences will give Australian students an edge in their future careers and increase collaboration between Australian and overseas institutions.

You can read more in the Minister for Education Christopher Pyne’s media release on the Minister’s Media Centre and on 2015 student mobility grants on the Department of Education’s international education website page.

News | 8 September 2014

International Literacy Day

8 September, is the United Nations’ Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) International Literacy Day – the theme of this year’s International Literacy Day is “Literacy and Sustainable Development.”

For almost 50 years, UNESCO has been celebrating International Literacy Day. The day draws awareness to the international community that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning. Today highlights the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies.

Literacy and being able to read and write, is the foundation of learning. Once children have learnt to read and write they are enabled to use these skills to learn and develop.

News | 29 August 2014

On 28 August 2014, the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014 was introduced into the House of Representatives.

The Bill aims to reform higher education by deregulating fees and extending demand driven funding to higher education qualifications below the level of bachelor degree, including higher education diplomas, advanced diplomas and associate degrees, and also to private universities and non-university higher education providers.

The Bill would enable providers to determine the amount that students contribute to the cost of their courses and restructures Commonwealth subsidies for Commonwealth supported places to ensure a more equal sharing of costs between taxpayers and students.

News | 26 August 2014

The Guidelines are a helpful tool for local governments, developers and child care service providers trying to expand child care services in their communities. They identify the planning and developmental practices that most effectively overcome planning barriers and improve accessibility to child care. The Guidelines also provide real examples of successful approaches which could be adopted by other local governments.

In drafting the Guidelines UTS have also developed a Final Review Report which summarises the findings of an extensive desktop study of existing local government policies, environment and land court rulings and an online survey conducted with key stakeholders in the child care industry.

News | 26 August 2014

The Prize is awarded in recognition of academic excellence and achievement, and has been awarded annually since 1991.

The 2013 prize was awarded to 10 students from the Australian Capital Territory, 149 from New South Wales, 4 from the Northern Territory, 111 from Queensland, 40 from South Australia, 11 from Tasmania, 123 from Victoria and 52 from Western Australia.

Further details on the Australian Student Prize and winners can be viewed on the website.

News | 21 August 2014

The Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP and the Tasmanian Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Jeremy Rockliff MP, have announced that the Australian Government’s $70 million Independent Public Schools initiative will fund Tasmania’s new Community Empowered Schools program.

Tasmania will implement the Community Empowered Schools program with the $2.1 million in funding it will receive from the Australian Government.

The initiative is set to benefit 120 Tasmanian school communities.

To find out more, visit the Students First website.

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