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News | 19 May 2017

Nathan LyonAffectionately known as Gary, the record-breaking bowler is known for his unusual journey to the top, balancing cricket training while completing a Certificate III in Horticulture (Turf).

Assistant Minister for Vocation Education and Skills, the Hon Karen Andrews MP welcomed Nathan to as Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador where his apprenticeship journey began at Canberra’s Manuka Oval.

News | 17 May 2017

As part of the reform package the Government will no longer be proceeding with the previous 2014-15 Budget measure to reduce Research Training Scheme (RTS) funding by 10 per cent and introduce tuition fees for RTS students. This measure was previously scheduled to commence in 2018. As a result, the total pool of funding in 2018 for both the Research Training Program and the Research Support Program will be the same as for 2017, indexed.

The higher education reform includes a measure that makes changes to support available for Permanent Residents and New Zealand citizens. This change will not affect the eligibility of Permanent Residents and New Zealand citizens for the Research Training Program (RTP) or the reporting of higher degree by research student (HDR) completions to the department.  

News | 9 May 2017

News | 3 May 2017

The Australian Government has announced a range of reforms to improve the higher education sector. These reforms will deliver a more sustainable sector, more choices for students and increase transparency and accountability in higher education. For more information visit the Higher Education Reform Package webpage.

News | 1 May 2017

The grants are paid to institutions to support undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational education and training (VET) students to undertake an overseas study experience as part of their Australian qualification. The program also supports a small number of overseas students to undertake semester exchange programs in Australia.

Expanding education links between Australia and the world through student mobility is a key priority of the Australian Government’s National Strategy for International Education 2025.

Over 2700 grants are expected to be available under the 2018 EMG round.

Applications will close on Wednesday 14 June 2017.

News | 1 May 2017

A new online platform launched in Melbourne this week will give students access to their authentic digital academic records anytime, anywhere so they can share them with whoever they choose.

My eQuals, by the Digital Student Data Project, is an innovative solution to address qualifications fraud.

The platform is currently being implemented in a staged approach across 45 participating universities, thirty-seven from Australia and eight from New Zealand.

The University of Melbourne, Monash University and Griffith University in Australia and the University of Auckland in New Zealand are currently using My eQuals.

In a mobile world, institutions and employers need to be able to verify that qualifications of potential students or employees are authentic.  

That’s where My eQuals comes in.  It will empower students to move quickly on education and employment opportunities at home and...

News | 1 May 2017

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 | 24 April 2017

High achieving postgraduate students and researchers from Australia and around the world who want to undertake an international study, research or professional development experience can now apply for the 2018 Australia Awards - Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships.

The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships support Australia's first National Strategy for International Education 2025 which sets out a 10-year plan for developing Australia's role as a global leader in education, training and research.

The 2018 application round of the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships close on 30 June 2017.

For more information visit: https://internationaleducation.gov.au/endeavour

News | 18 April 2017

In the first national Employer Satisfaction Survey that directly links the experiences of graduates to the views of their direct supervisors, employers were asked to report their degree of satisfaction with the skills of recently employed graduates from Australian universities.

The survey found that in 2016, recent graduates of PhD and Masters by Research courses received high employer satisfaction ratings compared with other graduates across a range of skills [see Figure 1]. Differences were greatest for foundation skills1, adaptive skills2 and technical skills3.

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News | 11 April 2017

2016 winner of the Excellence in Language Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award, Isabel Osuna-Gatty and two students.

The Australian Training Awards and Velg Training are pleased to announce that they will be hosting a free webinar for LLN practitioners to address the selection criteria, and apply for, the 2017 Australian Training Awards’ Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award.

2016 winner of this award, Ms Isabel Osuna-Gatty and Mr David Tout, Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Council of Education and Research and previous judge for the award will be on the webinar panel to answer your questions.

Key topics covered within the webinar:

News | 10 April 2017

On 27 March 2017, the Australian Parliament passed the Jobs for Families Child Care Package. This legislation gives effect to the most significant reform to the early education and care system in decades and will better target those who want work or work more. It will give around one million Australian families relief from out-of-pocket child care cost pressures and provide more children with the opportunity to benefit from early education.

Over the next 15 months, the Australian Government will implement a new child care system which is more affordable, accessible and flexible. More children will have the opportunity to benefit from early childhood education.

Parents and carers will have more flexibility to stay in or return to the workforce. Payments will be streamlined, with the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate replaced by a single means-tested Child Care Subsidy from July 2018.

News | 28 March 2017

The Australian Training Awards has provided national recognition to individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their outstanding contribution to Australia’s VET system since 1994.

The Awards have 18 categories, a majority of which are the culmination of state and territory training awards programs. There are seven awards available by entering directly to the Australian Training Awards.

The 2017 Australian Training Awards direct entry categories are open for application now and include:

Individual 

News | 17 March 2017

The report presents the findings of research on international approaches to measuring teacher effectiveness and their applicability to Australia. Measures of teacher effectiveness are vital for understanding what impact teachers have on student outcomes and how to build teachers’ capacity to use that information to improve their teaching.

The Australian Government will work with state and territory governments, the teaching profession and the education community to further examine the suitability of teacher effectiveness measures for the Australian context.

The specific aim of this project was to examine and summarise current international policies and practices regarding teacher evaluation, evaluate these systems, and subsequently inform the development of a teacher effectiveness measure for Australia.

News | 10 March 2017

This Mission is an opportunity to establish stronger links with Indian counterparts while gaining a deeper understanding of the Indian training market and the challenges it faces in educating and skilling its large population.  The highlight of the program will be the Australia-India Skills Conference, Skilling a Global Economy, with key note speakers Senator Simon Birmingham and Sri Rajiv Rudy, Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, India.

Business and industry leaders have the opportunity to be involved in the mission as delegates, for more information about the Skills Mission and how to be involved is available from the Mission’s website.

News | 10 March 2017

An Admissions Transparency Implementation Working Group, chaired by Professor Kerri-Lee Krause of Victoria University, has been established to give effect to the recommendations of the Higher Education Standards Panel in its 2016 report on improving the transparency of higher education admissions.
The membership and role of the working group is outlined here.

News | 6 March 2017

Expressions of Interest to participate in the Australian Government’s Early Learning Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Australia (ELSA) pilot are now open.

$6 million in Australian Government funding is being provided for the ELSA pilot, which is a key component of the National Innovation and Science Agenda’s Inspiring all Australians in digital literacy and STEM measure, and forms one part of a trio of early learning initiatives provided under this Agenda.

Four of the ELSA ground-breaking apps will cater for early learners in preschool services, with a separate app to assist early learning educators and one for families, so that STEM learning can continue in the home setting.

The Expressions of Interest process will be open between 5 March and 10 April 2017, with the pilot to be completed by a minimum of 100 preschool services the following year.

News | 28 February 2017

Australian universities can now apply to be recognised as providing specialised training to address Australia’s critical need for cyber security professionals.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Cyber Security Dan Tehan, have announced the call for applications to the Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence (ACCSE) program.

The establishment of ACCSE in Australian universities will:

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