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News | 19 June 2020

This package aims to provide more opportunities for people to gain the qualifications they will require for the jobs of the future. These reforms aim to create a higher education system that is more efficient and can deliver better outcomes for students, industry and the wider community.

This package will also support university-industry collaboration in the national interest, create a more responsive qualifications framework, foster the integrity of the higher education system, and provide the building blocks for national economic growth.

For more information, visit the Job-ready Graduates Package page.

News | 8 June 2020

Minister for Education Dan Tehan has now announced that the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package will be extended until 12 July 2020 to keep services viable and to provide care for families of essential workers and vulnerable children. This decision follows the Four Week Review of the Relief Package and extensive sector-wide consultations.

News | 1 June 2020

On 1 June 2020, the Australian Government announced nine new successful recipients of Regional University Centres grants.

You can find more information on the Regional University Centres page.

News | 18 May 2020

Throughout 2020, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment will be reviewing the Disability Standards for Education 2005. The department is consulting with key peak disability bodies to help design and to inform the Review, and more information about how you can participate will be made available in the coming month. For further information and to sign up to receive updates on the Review, please visit 2020 Review of the Disability Standards for Education 

News | 15 May 2020

The Australian Government is continuing to work with states and territories and non-government education authorities to support teachers, school leaders and school communities to continue to provide high quality education during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes supporting teachers and parents to work together to ensure children continue their education throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several resources are available to teachers to help at this challenging time:

To help support teachers, school leaders and school communities in providing high quality education during the COVID-19 pandemic, the department has collated a series of useful resources.

You can find out more by vising the Resources for teachers and school leaders page

News | 14 May 2020

The Australian Government will provide an additional $10 million to improve COVID-19 hygiene measures in non-government schools that plan to have 50 per cent of their students back in the classroom by 1 June 2020. The Special Circumstances funding will be available to school to help cover hygiene costs for items such as soap, hand sanitiser, classroom cleaning products and additional cleaning costs. Funding is intended to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and is expected to be paid in June 2020.

Further information can be found on the school hygiene assistance fund webpage.

News | 14 May 2020

The Australian Government is committed to ensuring that every student, including students with disability, have access to education in a sustainable and effective manner during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Advice is available for schools and parents to ensure students continue to receive reasonable adjustments. Guidance and resources are also available to assist students with disability learning at home.

More information is available on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.

News | 12 May 2020

The Destination Australia Program is designed to encourage domestic and international students to study in regional Australia, to grow and develop regional Australian tertiary education providers and to offer students a high-quality learning experience. Higher education and vocational education providers with a campus located in regional Australia may be eligible to apply for scholarships of up to $15,000 per year for students to study at that campus.

More information is available on the Destination Australia page.

News | 6 May 2020

The funding totals $452.3 million and means every child will continue to have access to a preschool program (also referred to as kindergarten in some states) for 600 hours (15 hours a week) until the end of 2021.

Preschool is primarily a state and territory responsibility and preschool systems vary across jurisdictions.

By providing this funding to states and territories, the Australian Government has committed to continuing funding arrangements that have achieved significant improvements in preschool participation, while ensuring national consistency in the number of hours available.


This extension, along with the funding already committed for the 2020 calendar year, provides continuity for the preschool sector as Australia deals with the impacts of COVID-19.

News | 5 May 2020

To help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in schools, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment has developed a series of posters with information and tips for school staff, high school and secondary school students, and primary school students. A similar poster is also available for Early Childhood Education and Child Care Centres.

The posters for schools are based on updated health advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), provided on 24 April 2020, about reducing the transmission of COVID-19 in schools.

For more information, and to access the posters, visit the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.

News | 29 April 2020

This is in addition to financial assistance the government is making available to small and medium sized businesses and not-for-profit organisations to help with their cash flow.

More information is available on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.

News | 24 April 2020

The Indonesian Government requires foreign researchers conducting research activities in Indonesia to obtain a research permit and research visa. This guide outlines the process for applying for the permit and visa, which researchers must obtain prior to conducting research activities in Indonesia.

The guide was developed by the department's Counsellor (Education and Science) in Jakarta with the support of the Indonesian Ministry of Research and Technology. If you would like further information, please contact the department's Counsellor, Liz Campbell-Dorning at elizabeth.campbell-dorning@dfat.gov.au or +62 (21) 2550 5549.

News | 2 April 2020

Payments will be made until 28 June 2020 and families will not be charged fees during this time. These payments will complement the JobKeeper Payment announced by the Prime Minister on 30 March 2020. Early childhood education and child care services do not need to apply for the payments, they will be paid automatically.

In addition, up to and including 5 April 2020, services that are open can now waive gap fees for children who were absent from care. This can go back as far as 23 March 2020 and is in addition to changes already announced that allow services to waive gap fees for families where they had been directed to close on public health advice.

News | 18 March 2020

My School is a website that provides information about nearly every school in Australia, including school finances, enrolment profile, attendance rates and teacher numbers.

The website, which was updated today, also displays the latest school level NAPLAN results and has a stronger focus on student progress and improved ways of making comparisons.

NAPLAN is an important tool to gauge progress and improvement because it provides nationally consistent and useful information to parents and the school community.

The information available on the website has been improved to make it easier for parents and the community to access the information they need.

News | 18 March 2020

We are holding a free webcast on Thursday, 19 March from 11:30am – 12:00pm (AEDT).

The webcast is designed for child care providers and services and will provide information about the support mechanisms in place to assist the early childhood education and care sector in managing the impacts of COVID-19.

You can watch the webcast live via viostream. There is no need to register.

Please note the link will only activate 5 minutes prior to the webcast commencing.

For more information about COVID-19 visit our webpage.

News | 2 March 2020

The Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP is encouraging schools to participate in the 10th annual National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, on Friday 20 March 2020.

Watch the Minister’s Video Message.

The National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence (NDA) is Australia’s largest anti-bullying event for schools. It is an opportunity for schools to highlight their everyday work to counter bullying and violence.

The theme for NDA 2020 is “take action together”.

For more information about the NDA, and instructions for how to register, visit the Bullying. No Way! Website.

News | 27 February 2020

The Australian Government commissioned the Centre for Program Evaluation at the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education to prepare the Teaching Practice Evaluation Framework.

The framework provides guidance to support the implementation of teacher evaluation systems which promote professional growth in schools. It guides users in the selection of appropriate teacher evaluation tools through consideration of a range of aspects associated with effective evaluation practices.

The framework operationalises the findings of two prior projects: Teacher Effectiveness Systems, Frameworks and Measures: A Review and Key Characteristics of Effective Teachers: A Systematic Review.

News | 24 February 2020

These amendments give effect to the recommendations of the review of the Higher Education Provider Category Standards to improve the functioning of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standard Agency and clarify the categories of providers in Australia's higher education sector.

Comments must be received by 11.59 pm, Tuesday 31 March 2020.

The Panel will host a live webcast Q&A session for higher education stakeholders on the draft amendments to the Threshold Standards on Friday 28 February 2020, following the Universities Australia conference.

The Q&A session will provide background information to inform stakeholders’ written comments on the consultation paper. It is an opportunity to engage directly with the Panel, and respond to key issues raised in the consultation paper.

News | 4 February 2020

On 29 November 2018, the Red Tape Committee released its inquiry report into the effect of red tape on private education.

The Government’s response coveys the government’s commitment to reduce unnecessary red tape and regulatory burden and contribute to the Australian Government’s Deregulation Agenda.

The Senate Select Committee on Red Tape Committee report:

Effect of red tape on private education

The Australian Government Response:

Australian Government Response to Effect of red tape on private education 

News | 28 January 2020

Novel coronavirus (also called 2019-nCoV) is a new strain of coronavirus affecting humans. The Australian Government Department of Health is working across agencies and with states and territories to implement measures to manage the risk of novel coronavirus.

Factsheets for schools and early childhood education and care services, parents, students and universities are now available in both English and Simplified Chinese.

This is an unfolding situation and people are advised to monitor the most up-to-date information via the websites of the Australian Government Department of Health and the State/Territory health department in your location.

News | 20 January 2020

Applications for the fourth round of the Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships (RRES) are now open. In 2020, more than 1000 scholarships, valued at up to $18,000 each, will be available to students living in regional and remote Australia, with additional consideration given to applicants affected by bushfire and drought.

RRES supports access to tertiary education for people from regional and remote areas of Australia studying any discipline, from Certificate IV to PhD level with an eligible higher education provider or vocational education and training institution. Scholarship recipients can choose any mode of study – face-to-face or online/by distance. Information about the scholarships, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, is available online through the support organisation, QTAC.

News | 17 January 2020

The Australian Government has announced a series of targeted initiatives to provide education and mental health support to children, families and communities affected by the 2019/20 bushfire crisis.

Schools and early childhood education and care services are central and stabilising forces across communities and provide safe spaces for children to be in times of crisis, need and change.

This is why the Australian Government is providing immediate support to children, families and early childhood education and care services and schools impacted by the bushfires.

These measures will help rebuild communities affected by unprecedented bushfires by supporting the physical and mental health of those affected, as well as supporting the economic recovery of impacted areas.

For more information visit the Support for bushfire affected communities page.

News | 9 January 2020

The Minister for Education invites stakeholder comments on proposed amendments to the Higher Education Support Act 2003 that were recommended by the Hon Robert French AC, former Chief Justice of the Higher Court of Australia, in his report on the Independent review of Freedom of Speech in Australian Higher Education Providers.

Comments must be received by the close of business, Monday 24 February 2020.

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