News | 7 November 2019

2019/20 Drought Relief - funding for childcare and non-government schools

$5 million from the Community Child Care Fund will help assist childcare services that are experiencing decreased demand and financial pressure due to families from drought-affected areas being unable to pay for child care.

$10 million to support schools facing financial hardship as a result of ongoing drought conditions, including fee concessions for boarding students and additional counseling services.

News | 1 November 2019

Almost 1,200 scholarships are now available for international and domestic students to study in Australia’s regions following the announcement of successful tertiary providers of the Destination Australia Program.

Today, The Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Education, officially announced the 35 higher education and vocational education providers who will offer these scholarships from 2020 at over 84 locations. Details of the successful providers are now available.

The $93.7 million Destination Australia program aims to attract international and domestic students to study in regional Australia. It’s also designed to develop regional tertiary education institutions and offer students a high quality learning experience without geographical restrictions.

News | 2 October 2019

The department has released the draft 2020 HERDC Specifications for sector feedback. The Specifications provide guidance to higher education providers on their annual reporting requirements for research and development income. 

Feedback can be sent to and is due by 24 October 2019.

News | 23 September 2019

The Australian Government is establishing a small pool of up to 60 medical Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) drawn from existing university allocations every three years. These places will be redistributed between universities to support key health workforce priorities. The first round for 2021 will focus on helping to build the rural and regional medical workforce.  

The department has released a discussion paper inviting stakeholder comments on the establishment and implementation of the redistribution pool. The paper also invites input to help develop specific policy parameters for the rollout of the redistribution process over successive triennial periods.

News | 5 September 2019

This research project shares experiences and case studies of Australian providers who have delivered or are delivering Australian education and training in Indonesia across all sectors, outlining models of engagement and regulatory settings for this delivery, together with an evidence base for Australia’s ongoing efforts to advance education services with Indonesia.

News | 7 August 2019

This final report presents the expert panel's considerations and recommendations, highlighting major findings from the sector and statistical analyses, and flagging future work for the development of a fit for purpose, fair, robust and feasible performance-based funding scheme.

News | 11 June 2019

Launched in 2016 to support implementation of the National Strategy for International Education 2025, the Enabling Growth and Innovation (EGI) program has supported a total of 28 projects in its first two funding rounds. A number of these are now completed, and final reports are now available for viewing on the international education website.

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News | 12 February 2019

Round two of the Community Child Care Fund will open in March 2019. This funding will help child care services in many disadvantaged regional and remote areas to improve access to early learning opportunities for families in their local communities. Go to Community Child Care Fund for more information. 

News | 17 January 2019

On 16 January 2019, the Australian Government announced an extra $10 million from the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) to upgrade six leading Australian research facilities to ensure they are at the forefront of science and technology.

A full list of the six projects funded can be found here

News | 16 January 2019

The report of the National Research Infrastructure Census for 2015-16 and 16-17 has been released. The report provides an aggregated picture of the use and outcomes from National Research Infrastructure (NRI), including the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) projects, supporting quality research that benefits Australia. A summary of the findings is presented in a snapshot.

News | 17 December 2018

The 2019 research block grants allocations have now been announced and are available to be viewed. In 2019 the Government will continue its support of universities undertaking research with funding of $1.92 billion to 42 higher education providers through two research block grants sub programs, the Research Training Program (RTP) and the Research Support Program (RSP).

$894 million through the RSP will provide support to the systemic costs of research and the $1.03 billion through the RTP will provide support to the training of the next generation of researchers and innovators.