News | 8 May 2018

News | 4 May 2018

This process has also allowed for Category 1 competitive research income data to be published under revised sub-categories:

  • Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
  • Rural R&D
  • Other Commonwealth
  • Non-Commonwealth

HERDC research income data for 1994 to 2016 and HERDC research publications data for 1995 to 2014

News | 24 April 2018

More than 850 child care services around Australia have been awarded additional funding to break down barriers to early learning and child care participation.

Grants awarded under the Australian Government’s new Community Child Care Fund will help child care services in disadvantaged communities, including many Indigenous communities, to improve their sustainability, increase local child care participation and create more child care places in areas of high need.

Go to Community Child Care Fund for more information.

News | 17 April 2018

The Innovative Projects fund was established to assist Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) service providers in trialling innovative service delivery ideas that seek to improve client outcomes. AMEP service providers were invited to submit proposals through a competitive round where additional funds may be awarded to trial, measure and evaluate their innovative project.

The following projects have been awarded funding through this round.

Service Provider

Project Name

South Metropolitan TAFE

News | 13 April 2018

During April this year, the Australian tourism, food and beverage and vocational education and training (VET) sectors were the highlight of Vietnam with the third annual 2018 Taste of Australia summit being hosted by Australia Unlimited across Central Vietnam, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

While giving Australian food and beverage suppliers the opportunity to build brands and networks in the growing Vietnamese market, the summit also showcased Australian VET qualifications in tourism and hospitality, with three members of the Australian VET Alumni taking part in the festivities.

News | 10 April 2018

Australia will have a New Child Care Package from 2 July 2018 when the Child Care Subsidy replaces the Child Care Rebate and Child Care Benefit.

Families who intend to use child care from 2 July 2018 will need to complete a Child Care Subsidy assessment online through their myGov account, to ensure they continue to receive child care fee assistance from 2 July 2018. The new Child Care Subsidy will be paid directly to child care providers on a family’s behalf.

Throughout April, Centrelink will be writing to all families currently receiving Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate with instructions on completing their online assessment.

News | 3 April 2018

The department has now released the 2018 ACGR. The ACGR lists schemes that provide competitive research grants to higher education providers (HEPs). The income HEPs receive from ACGR listed schemes can be reported in Category 1 of the Research Income Return – Return 1 of the Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC). The department anticipates that the SmartForm to submit 2018 HERDC research income data will be available shortly.

Please contact with any queries regarding the ACGR.

News | 26 March 2018

The ELSA pilot includes play-based digital learning experiences rich in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts, delivered through a series of mobile applications (apps) for tablet devices. The first ELSA apps were released today for the educators and more than 4000 children across Australia participating in the pilot.

ELSA is one of three early learning initiatives funded under the ‘Inspiring all Australians in digital literacy and STEM’ measure under the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). 

News | 20 March 2018

The Panel will provide strategic advice to the department on Australian Government-funded research and trials on student equity in higher education conducted under the National Priorities Pool component of the HEPPP. The full membership of the Panel is as follows:

News | 23 February 2018

Research Block Grants has recently released three infographics looking at Research Block Grants, a snapshot of the HDR student population, and research student outcomes and course satisfaction.

The ‘Research Block Grants – snapshot’ infographic provides a high-level overview of Research Block Grants in 2017-18 and the funding drivers that determine the allocation amounts to Higher Education Providers like universities and public research institutions.

The ‘2016 Higher Degree by Research Student Population’ infographic provides a snapshot of all Higher Degree by Research students compared to 2015 data in areas such as level of study, study load, domestic or international, gender, location and broad fields of study.

News | 16 February 2018

The Admissions Transparency Implementation Working Group (IWG) has released two new quick reference documents on the changes that prospective higher education students will see over the next year. The changes will affect admissions information aimed at applicants to study higher education in 2019 and beyond. The two documents are intended for different audiences:

  • One seeks to inform students and parents;
  • The other is aimed at career advisers and school teachers.

These quick reference documents briefly outline the key changes that prospective applicants will see later in 2018 when seeking out information about higher education courses, their entry requirements and the application options and pathways available, whether through tertiary admission centres or by direct application to institutions.

News | 14 February 2018

Convened by The Hon Phil Honeywood, CEO of International Education Association of Australia, Expert Members represent international education sector providers, peak bodies and government agencies.

Meeting Shot

Expert Members discussed the progress of the Council’s two working groups – the Student Service Delivery Working Group and the Marketing and Collaboration Working Group – against the strategic priorities laid out in the National Strategy for International Education.


News | 14 December 2017

To support the implementation of Australia’s first ever National Strategy for International Education 2025, the Australian Government as part of the 2016‑17 Budget has committed $3 million of funding per year to the Australian International Education: Enabling Growth and Innovation Program.

For 2017-18, the Enabling Growth and Innovation Program provides eligible organisations with grants of up to $250,000 to support the implementation of the National Strategy for International Education 2025. Successful applicants will deliver big picture projects that develop Australia’s role as a global leader in education, training and research and must benefit the broader International Education community. All projects are to contribute to at least one of the goals of the National Strategy and the Council for International Education priorities for action, as detailed in the program guidelines.

News | 14 December 2017

The Department of Education and Training engaged Dr David Lawrence, through the University of Western Australia (UWA) to conduct an analysis of the educational outcomes of children and adolescents with mental disorders using data from the Young Minds Matter survey, NAPLAN and parental information. The final report, “Child and Adolescence Mental Health and Educational Outcomes” can be viewed here. The report found that students with mental disorders (such as ADHD, depression and anxiety) have poorer NAPLAN results in all domains and year levels as well as higher rates of absence from school. In addition, the effect of mental disorders on academic performance compounds with socio-economic disadvantage.

News | 8 December 2017

The information was reported in the ANAO report for three schools which are part of Lutheran Education VIC, NSW & TAS and the correct information is set out in the following table.


Total funding allocated to the school



ANAO report*


ANAO report*


St John’s Lutheran Primary...

News | 29 November 2017

A new National VET Data Policy (the Policy) was agreed by Skills Ministers at the COAG Industry and Skills Council meeting on 24 November. The new Policy sets the framework for reforms to help students make better decisions, have a more complete official record of their training, and to simplify regulation for RTOs. It will enable reforms under the Performance Information for VET (PIVET) initiative, which will transform the data available to consumers, governments and regulators.

News | 27 November 2017

The National Day of Action calls on schools to put their anti-bullying programs in the spotlight, educate the school community and come together to say 'Bullying. No Way!'.

So far, more than 1800 schools have joined the nationwide movement as official NDA schools. Make your school an NDA school and get ready to Take a Stand Together against bullying.

The NDA is a positive day of action that provides a focus for school communities to talk about the importance of working together against bullying and violence. The NDA has a range of new and thought provoking materials to make the day a great success.

Official NDA schools have access to printed materials, including student pocket cards and parent information cards which provide tips on how to deal with bullying.

Register now! Visit the Bullying. No Way! website for more information and resources.

News | 24 November 2017

The VET Information Strategy will address misconceptions around VET and promote the opportunities that an individual can gain by completing a VET qualification. Its roll out will include a range of initiatives centred around a united tagline for the VET sector, real skills for real careers and promote a collaborative approach by stakeholders and corporate and community partners. The sector is encouraged to unite in their shared responsibility to help all Australians, particularly the next generation, understand VET is a personally, professionally and financially rewarding career choice – and just as prized as a university degree.

News | 30 October 2017

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science representing the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science attended the meeting of the Council and spoke about the interface between their relevant portfolios and international education.

Council members reflected on the progress of the first year of the National Strategy for International Education 2025 and discussed the key challenges ahead.

A communique for the Council for International Education was released following the Council meeting.