News | 11 December 2018

Grandfathering arrangements under the VET FEE-HELP scheme were initially introduced following the commencement of VET Student Loans on 1 January 2017. Students, who accessed VET FEE‑HELP before 30 December 2016, were able to continue their studies under their existing VET FEE-HELP arrangements subject to certain conditions. Subsequently, some grandfathered students who accessed VET FEE‑HELP and completed unit/s in 2017 were able to extend their VET FEE-HELP assistance into 2018 under ‘exceptional circumstances'.

Exceptional circumstances included illness, caring responsibilities, part-time studies, engagement in courses with longer than 12 months duration and students impacted by provider closure and...

News | 7 December 2018

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Nominations for the 2019 Australian Training Awards opened on 1 December 2018.

The Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of vocational education and training (VET) practitioners, businesses, secondary schools and registered training organisations for their outstanding contribution to vocational education.

Find out if you or your organisation are eligible to apply for the following Australian Training Awards direct entry categories: 

News | 6 December 2018

Currently, eligibility for the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices incentive is limited to employers who engage an eligible Australian Apprentice aged 25 years or over when they commence their Australian Apprenticeship.

However, an 'adult apprentice', for wage purposes, is an apprentice who is 21 years or older when they start their apprenticeship.

From 1 July 2019, eligibility for the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices incentive will be extended to employers who take on eligible Australian Apprentices aged 21 to 24 years studying a Certificate III or IV qualification in areas of skills needs. Extending eligibility will close this gap and provide a stronger incentive for employers to engage more adult apprentices in areas of skills needs.

News | 27 November 2018

The review found that the move to a single national regulator from previous state-based regulation has delivered benefits to the sector in reduced compliance burden, improved consistency, the confidence that stakeholders (particularly international students) have in the quality of the Australian higher education sector and the research and networks TEQSA has facilitated.

Overall, it found that the TEQSA Act is operating effectively and as intended and therefore did not recommend changes that would significantly alter the regulatory framework or the role of TEQSA. The report includes a number of recommendations that will further enhance the operation and efficiency of TEQSA and the Higher Education Standards panel.

News | 16 November 2018

The 78 finalists comprising of apprentices, trainees, VET students, teachers, practitioners, employers and training providers were rewarded and recognised for demonstrating excellence in vocational education and training (VET).

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, presented a keynote address at the event.

“To be selected as a finalist is an outstanding achievement.

“All of the individuals, businesses and registered training organisations that participated in the 25th Australian Training Awards are leaders and role models in their field,” Senator Cash said.

News | 9 November 2018

On 12 November, the Minister for Education announced the following successful grant recipients of the Regional Study Hubs program:




Geraldton Universities Centre



Gippsland East Local Learning and Employment Network



Country Universities Centre Snowy Monaro



News | 18 October 2018

Today the Minister announced the appointment of Emeritus Professor Coaldrake AO to lead a review of the Higher Education Provider Category Standards. Professor Coaldrake will work closely with the Higher Education Standards Panel, who will provide steering oversight to the review.

Inquiries about this review can be made to

News | 12 October 2018

News | 19 September 2018

Draft 2019 HERDC Specifications

The Department of Education and Training (the department) has released the draft 2019 higher education research data collection (HERDC) Specifications for sector feedback.

The HERDC Specifications incorporate the self-assessment for Category 1 pack that was developed following consultation process from November 2017 to May 2018, taking into consideration sector feedback. 

News | 3 September 2018

National Skills Week 2018

In a post-event interview, Senator Cash addressed one key issue of the sector, its profile, acknowledging the work of real skills for real careers and the Australian VET Alumni in raising the status of VET.

News | 17 August 2018

The department has published the first Progress Report on implementing the Research Training Implementation Plan (RTIP).

The RTIP, released in December 2017, responds to the Review of Australia’s Research Training System prepared by the Australian Council of Learned Academies. The RTIP includes 18 actions designed to ensure Australia’s research training system is truly world class and capable of underpinning our capacity for learned inquiry, innovation and productivity.

This first Report, developed in conjunction with responsible organisations, documents the progress made in implementing the actions to July 2018.

News | 1 August 2018

News | 4 July 2018

It was created in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which estimated that 60,000 people experienced institutional child sexual abuse in Australia.

Redress is an alternative to seeking compensation through the courts.

The National Redress Scheme can provide three things:

  • access to counselling;
  • a payment; and
  • a direct personal response from the institution (e.g. an apology) for people who want it.

The scheme started on 1 July 2018 and will run for 10 years.

The Department of Education and Training has joined the Scheme.

People can apply now using an online or paper form.

Free and confidential Redress Support Services are available throughout the process.

News | 27 June 2018

Australian International Education: Enabling Growth and Innovation Program 2017-18 Grant Funding Round outcomes Announced.

News | 25 June 2018

Following the release of the Government's Research Infrastructure Investment Plan, the Minister for Education and Training approved the NCRIS 2018 Guidelines on 31 May 2018.

The NCRIS 2018 Guidelines are available on GrantConnect.

News | 8 June 2018

Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham has released the Higher Education Standards Panel’s Final report: Improving retention, completion and success in higher education.

The report makes 18 recommendations for Australia’s higher education community to help ensure students have the best chance of successfully completing their studies and transitioning into the workforce.  The recommendations are made under the broad headings of:

News | 18 May 2018

In May 2018 the department announced the closure of the AAMS project. A Department Statement and Independent Project Review undertaken by PwC provide further information.