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News | 9 November 2018

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

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Recipient

State

Location

Geraldton Universities Centre

WA

Geraldton

Gippsland East Local Learning and Employment Network

VIC

Bairnsdale

Country Universities Centre Snowy Monaro

NSW

Cooma

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 PCSreview@education.gov.au.

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.

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 | 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 rbgrants@education.gov.au 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:

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