News | 25 March 2015

There are 18 categories presented at the Australian Training Awards. You can enter a majority of the Awards through state and territory training awards programmes and seven of the awards are available by direct entry.  

Applicants may have the opportunity to reach the national stage in November this year and gain Australia-wide recognition for the work they do. Watch this short video explaining the benefits of applying for an Australian Training Award.

Australian Training Award direct entry categories include:


News | 22 March 2015

Making My School better considers the recommendations from the Review of My School website and proposes a strategy to ensure My School provides parents and the community with consistent, comparable and reliable information in a user-friendly and accessible manner.

As the My School website is a joint undertaking of all Australian governments, Making My School better will be presented to state and territory education ministers through the Education Council for consideration. Any changes to the My School website will be agreed to by the Education Council prior to implementation.

News | 20 March 2015

Today, schools across Australia are participating in the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA). Schools, students, teachers and parents will send a clear and powerful message that bullying and violence are not okay in any situation.

Over 890,000 students from 1950 schools are participating across Australia to collectively support the important message and ‘take a stand’ against bullying and violence in their school community.

Participating schools will run their own activities and proactively strengthen the key message that bullying and violence are not okay at any time or in any situation.

News | 17 March 2015

The national history contest on the ANZAC tradition for Year 9-10 students attracted a record 2296 entries this year, more than double the number of entries for the 2014 prize.

The winners will travel to Gallipoli in April 2015 for the ANZAC Centenary commemorations.

Students submitted essays or audio visual presentations on the question: To what extent did Australians enlist in 1914 to defend the ‘Mother Country’?

For winner and runner-up essays and more information on the 2016 Simpson Prize topic, visit

Simpson Prize Winners



News | 16 March 2015

This national resource has been developed by the Child and Family Studies Team at Griffith University and it encourages educators to engage in reflective practice linking study to everyday practice and therefore improve learning outcomes for children and increase retention rates in the early childhood education and care workforce.

Leading Learning Circles for Educators Engaged in Study – a national resource for pedagogical leaders to support their educators undertaking study

News | 12 March 2015

The Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, today announced the Government will deliver a rolling campaign of legislative and other changes this year to deal with rogue training providers and better protect students taking out VET FEE-HELP loans.

The new measures will:

  • Stop training providers from offering incentives to students, like cash and laptops, to get them to sign up to courses that they don’t need

  • Stop marketing agents and brokers ‘freelancing’ to sign up as many students as possible, without being covered by any regulator

News | 5 March 2015

The $44 million pilot programmes – Training for Employment Scholarships and Youth Employment Pathways – are part of the youth stream of the Industry Skills Fund.

“These initiatives will help not only businesses and young people, but also their towns and communities, particularly at a time of high youth unemployment,” Senator Birmingham said.

Under Training for Employment Scholarships, businesses with less than 200 staff who hire an unemployed person aged 18 to 24 after 1 March 2015 may be eligible for funding of up to $7500 to help the employee gain new skills or qualifications.

Youth Employment Pathways offers funding to support community service organisations assist disengaged youth, aged 15 to 18, to get back into school, start vocational education and training (VET) or move into the workforce.

News | 13 February 2015

The submissions received as part of the Advisory Group’s public consultation process have been made public.

Links to the Report, the Australian Government response, public submissions and commissioned research are available on the Students First website.

News | 10 February 2015

Between 2014 and 2017, New South Wales will receive $22.75 million from the Australian Government.

To find out more, visit the Students First website.

News | 3 February 2015

The changes remove the requirement that ‘services ensure their carers do not obtain a session of care for their children from a carer in any family day care service on which the family day care carer provides any session of care to a child’ (the ‘child swapping’ rule).

The removal of this rule will allow time for further consultation with the Family Day Care sector.

The other three rules remain in place and improve transparency, strengthen child safety and apply conditions across the states and commonwealth and are broadly supported by the Family Day Care sector.

The department is encouraging anyone who is aware of practices that could be incorrect, illegal or non-compliant to contact the department on 1800 664 231 or

News | 3 February 2015

The Trade Training Centres in Schools Program - Independent Review 2014, announced in 2014, was undertaken to find ways to improve the use of Trade Training Centres and discover how much employers were involved in the training and if it met their needs.

As part of the review process, the outcomes of the 217 Trade Training Centres that were operational in 2012 were examined and the strengths and weaknesses of the program were identified.

The review findings will inform the Government on ways to optimise use of the Trade Training Centre expenditure and improve the quality of vocational learning and VET delivered to secondary students.

News | 20 January 2015

This joint Commonwealth, state and territory government initiative helps apprentices and students lodge complaints and serves employers concerned about any aspect of the training system.

The Hotline directs consumer’s complaints to relevant authorities. 

Logo - National Training Complaints Hotline, Helping consumers to register their concerns

News | 19 December 2014

Informational videos and animations for the Inclusion and Professional Support Program (IPSP) have been developed to promote an understanding of the support available under the programme and the value of that support for child care and early learning services, educators and parents of children with additional needs.

These videos are now available on the Department of Education’s YouTube channel. For further information about IPSP please visit the IPSP page of the Department of Education website.

News | 12 December 2014

The Safe Schools Hub, developed by Education Services Australia and supported by the Department of Education, has won an international award for the best e-learning resource.

The prestigious International E-learning Association (IELA) Awards were announced in Dubai on 5 December. The award acknowledges the outstanding work undertaken by Safe Schools Hub in providing and promoting a one-stop-shop for information and resources on safe school strategies to assist teachers, students, school leaders, parents, student support specialists and pre-service teachers.

The Safe Schools Hub provides a practical toolkit which showcases video case studies highlighting safe school practices, a safe school audit tool, online professional learning modules for pre-service teachers, teachers and school leaders and a range of other evidence based resources and activities that detail the National Safe Schools...

News | 4 December 2014

These changes affect approved Family Day Care services and applicants seeking to be approved as Family Day Care services for the purposes of the family assistance law. Details of the changes can be found in the fact sheet.

The changes clarify and strengthen some of the eligibility requirements for Family Day Care services contained in the Child Care Benefit (Eligibility for Approval and Continued Approval) Determination 2000.

These changes are integral to the department’s broad ranging compliance programme aimed at encouraging, enforcing and strengthening compliance with family assistance law.

The department is continuing to work with Family Day Care peak bodies to inform services and families of their obligations under family assistance law and to minimise the negative impact on the reputation of the Family Day Care sector.

News | 1 December 2014

Changing over from the 2014 design in early December, the updated website includes interviews and promotional videos featuring the 2015 NYW Young Members. Every state and territory is represented by the Young Members, while there is also an Australian Government Young Member and an Indigenous Young Member.

The new design incorporates brightly-coloured, enthusiastic hands in the air illustrating the willingness to work together as a team and help out. Coming in a variety of different colours, the hands represent the different cultures and backgrounds of young Australians.

News | 1 December 2014

The 2014 Australian Vocational Student Prize nominations closed at 8:00 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (AEDT) on Friday 28 November 2014.

Thank you to all schools that submitted nominations and good luck to all the nominees!

Updates on the 2014 AVSP round will be posted on this site.

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:

News | 17 November 2014

The AVSP recognises outstanding Year 12 students who have demonstrated exceptional skill, commitment and achievement while undertaking a Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools programme or Australian School-based Apprenticeship (ASbA) as part of their senior secondary studies.

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 AVSP winners will also be eligible for the Australian Award for Skills Excellence in School.

Nominations close at 8:00 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (AEDT) on Friday 28 November 2014.

Nomination forms and information can be found on the Australian Vocational Student Prize webpage.

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.