News | 24 November 2014

In May 2013, the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee released its inquiry report: Teaching and Learning – maximising our investment in Australian schools.

The Government’s response conveys the government’s commitment to improving teacher quality. Many of the Committee’s recommendations overlap with the work of the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group, which will identify priorities for actions to improve teacher education along with suitable implementation timeframes.

The Australian Government report to the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee:

The Australian Government response:...

News | 10 November 2014

Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley has unveiled the list of participating preschool services for the $9.8 million Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) trial, which will use play‑based apps to help generate interest in language studies that can be built on in later schooling.

For further information please go to the ELLA webpage.

News | 10 November 2014

The Australian Government welcomes the receipt of the final report of the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Child Care and Early Childhood Learning.

This is an important milestone for the future of child care in Australia. It highlights the Government’s commitment to improving the child care and early learning sector to ensure that it meets the needs of today’s Australian families and future generations.

First, the Australian Government would like to thank parents, the sector, including all the child care workers and educators, peak bodies and others who took the time to participate in this once in a generation opportunity.

News | 7 November 2014

The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Assistant Minister for Education, has released Continuity of Learning – A resource to support effective transition to school and school age care.

This first national resource has been developed by the Educational Transitions Continuity and Change research team at Charles Sturt University and includes effective transition practices, which reflect the experiences of children, families, educators and communities as they support transitions to school and school age care.

News | 29 October 2014

As part of its Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda, the Australian Government will develop and implement a strategy to improve Australia’s economic performance through better translation of research into commercial outcomes.

Better translation of research into commercial outcomes will help drive innovation in Australia, grow successful Australian businesses and research capacity, and boost productivity and exports. It aligns with the Government’s measures to reform the higher education sector and to realise the potential of health and other research.

The Government is looking for input from the research sector and industry on the discussion paper and invites submissions by 28 November 2014 at 5.00pm AEDT.

Further details on the initiative and how to make a submission are set out at

News | 15 October 2014

School communities are encouraged to nominate their top Year 12 students. Up to 500 students will be awarded $1,000 in prize money and be recognised as one of Australia’s top vocational students.

Up to 20 Australian Vocational Student Prize winners will also be eligible for the Australian Award for Skills Excellence in School.

News | 12 October 2014

The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Education has released Connections a professional resource for early childhood educators to support young’s children’s mental health and wellbeing, based on current evidence and supportive practices. Developed by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, this resource aligns with the National Quality Framework, the Early Years Learning Framework and the Framework for School Age Care. Additional information is available at the Hunter Institute’s website.

News | 12 October 2014

The final report from the Review of the Australian Curriculum has been released.

The Review makes 30 key recommendations which will need to be examined by all Australian education ministers before any action is taken.

The Review’s 1 600 submissions and the research papers from subject matter specialists are also being made public with the release of the Review’s Final report.

The Australian Government has also released an initial response to the Review of the Australian Curriculum’s Final Report.

Links to the Final Report, the Australian Government’s initial response, the supplementary material and the public submissions are now available here:

Review of the Australian Curriculum

News | 10 October 2014

The NYA is an Australian Government initiative that is held during National Youth Week (10-19 April 2015) with the aim to celebrate, acknowledge and recognise young Australians and the Australian media. The Awards acknowledge outstanding achievements by young people in their communities. The Awards are unique as the selection panel is comprised entirely of young people.   There are seven Award categories including recognition of youth leadership, positive portrayal of young people in the media and promotion of understanding different cultures.

News | 7 October 2014

A formal response to the report will be part of a soon-to-be-released draft National Strategy for International Education, for consultation with the sector.

News | 1 October 2014

The discussion paper outlines proposals to make ESOS more contemporary, flexible and effective.

The reform of ESOS will address a key Government objective—to reduce unnecessary red tape.

Education institutions, training organisations, peak bodies and agencies are invited to make written submissions by 31 October 2014.

Download the discussion paper.




News | 24 September 2014

All ACT government schools will now benefit from greater local autonomy through funding provided by the Australian Government.

Between 2014 and 2017, the Australian Capital Territory will receive close to $1 million from the Australian Government.

To find out more, visit the Students First website.

News | 24 September 2014

The Australian Government’s $70 million Independent Public Schools (IPS) initiative will improve the capacity of school leaders and communities within South Australian government schools to make their own decisions.

Between 2014 and 2017, South Australia will receive $5.53 million in federal funding.

To find out more, visit the Students First website.

News | 23 September 2014

The showcase will bring to Canberra an exciting interactive display of what some of Australia’s best research infrastructure does to support research in fields as diverse as advanced manufacturing, microscopy, geology, astronomy and ocean observation.

Date: Tuesday 30 September 2014
Time: 12.00 noon to 3.30 pm
Venue: Great Hall, Parliament House, Canberra
Cost: Free

Find out more about NCRIS.

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 | 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.