News | 18 October 2016

The council will work with education providers, industry, and federal, state and territory governments to ensure the sector continues to play a key role in driving Australia’s future economic growth, global engagement and innovation. 

With Australia’s international education sector contributing more than $19 billion a year to the economy and supporting more than 130,000 jobs, it is one of the country’s key super-growth sectors.

Council members include:

News | 14 October 2016

The Department of Education and Training has made some exciting developments in the area of student wellbeing with a brand new website, the Student Wellbeing Hub, which is underpinned by the National Safe Schools Framework.

While we had success and some fantastic contributions from the education sector to the Safe Schools Hub, the new site reflects the Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to being responsive to important issues affecting today’s schools as they strive to build and sustain positive, respectful and supportive teaching and learning communities.

The Hub brought together information, advice and best-practice approaches to deal predominantly with the important issue of bullying.

The Student Wellbeing Hub website’s bright and engaging look and feel and simple navigation will ensure that educators, parents and students find information and resources tailored to their...

News | 13 October 2016

The Department of Education and Training’s David Fintan gave the opening address today.

Experts and leaders in university and industry are in attendance to determine the most effective reforms in three priority areas:

  • Indigenous student participation and outcomes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); 
  • Increasing the number and capacity of the Indigenous academic workforce; and 
  • Whole-of-university approaches to improving Indigenous higher education outcomes.

The roundtable will build upon the latest available evidence, and develop concrete, measurable actions to progress national policy and funding in these three priority areas.

Professor Peter Buckskin, Chair of NATSIHEC and David Fintan, Department of Education and Training


News | 11 October 2016

The process of updating the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) for 2017-18 is now underway.. As part of this and to help inform its labour market analysis, the Department is seeking expert advice and evidence about the suitability of occupations for inclusion on the SOL. Relevant stakeholders, including representatives of industry, employee, trade and professional organisations are welcome to make a submission from Tuesday 11 October 2016 until Friday 11 November 2016, using the online submission form.  Responding in this format is requested, as it ensures all evidence is provided in a consistent and comparable way across occupations. Attachments can also be added to the online form. Submissions will be published on this website, as soon as possible after the closing date, unless requested otherwise.  

The 2017-18 SOL will come into effect on 1 July 2017.


News | 5 October 2016

The current VET FEE-HELP scheme will be replaced by VET Student Loans to ensure students and employers can trust the approved vocational education providers and the value and quality of the courses on offer.

Announced 5 October by Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham the new program will focus on protecting students, weeding unscrupulous providers out of the sector, and restoring integrity to Australia’s vocational education and training system.

News | 14 September 2016

The first 27 recipients of 2016 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning through the government’s Australian Awards for University Teaching program were congratulated at a special ceremony in Melbourne yesterday.

The Citations celebrate innovation and commitment to student learning through pivotal and lasting contributions that help students develop the knowledge and skills they need for their futures.

Twenty three Citations were awarded to Victorian-based staff across nine universities. One of these included a team overcoming significant logistical challenges to meet the needs of a diverse student cohort spread across Deakin University’s five schools and nine different courses.

Four Citations were awarded to staff at the University of Tasmania. One notable example was for sustained commitment to enable pre-service teachers to innovatively connect their studies and professional practice in mathematics education.

News | 31 August 2016

On 1 February 2016, the Higher Education Standards Panel was asked by Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, to provide him with options to improve the transparency of higher education student admissions policies, without increasing regulation.

Following the release of a consultation paper, the Panel received 82 written submissions.

The Panel is currently considering submissions and will provide its advice to Government in the second half of 2016.

Submissions are available in both word and pdf formats.

News | 8 August 2016

The Apprenticeships Reform Advisory Group was convened in September 2015 to provide advice to the Australian Government on options for reform of the Australian Apprenticeships system.

Recommendations target three key areas – pre-apprenticeships, incentives and alternative delivery models – as well as providing options for broader systemic reform.

The report can be accessed on the Australian Apprenticeships website.

News | 4 August 2016

The Australian Training Awards has recently released the fourth Real Stories Real Achievements video series which shares the inspirational journeys of people and organisations that have found career and business success through vocational education and training (VET).

To date, the series has enjoyed over 153,000 collective views – as well as public broadcasts and many event and conference showings.

The videos star the winners and finalists of the Australian Training Awards alumni, many of whom are also Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors.

News | 2 August 2016

The Department of Education and Training is pleased to host a pictorial exhibition documenting the 120 years of early learning in Australia. The exhibition has been created by KU Children’s Services, who started the very first early learning service in Australia in 1896.

Using multi-platform storytelling, this beautiful 12-piece exhibition includes a collection of photographs and narratives showcasing how early childhood education has evolved over the past 120 years.

With links to mobile accessible, web-based content, the exhibition provides opportunities for the public to not only engage with the panels themselves, but also to learn more about the rich history of early education in Australia, and to share that history with others.

News | 27 July 2016

Boosting its support and commitment to national research and innovation, the government has announced funding of $16 million to strengthen 10 existing research infrastructure projects at the leading edge of science and technology.

Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham announced the funding at the University of Adelaide which includes support for upgrades to national high performance computing to support world leading climate modelling, a state-of-the art scanner for large animal research, and upgrades to advanced nano fabrication to support bio-implantables and organic electronics.

Funding has been made available under the government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) Agility Fund that is helping to drive innovation by supporting leading edge national research infrastructure projects vitally important to Australia’s economic future.

News | 1 July 2016

Recognising and showcasing excellence in the vocational education and training sector.

Australia’s best apprentices, trainees, VET teacher/trainers, vocational students, businesses, industry partnerships, secondary schools and registered training organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to skilling Australia will gather in Darwin on Thursday 17 November at 7:00pm for the 2016 Australian Training Awards.

The majority of the awards are the culmination of the state and territory awards with winners from aligned categories in each state and territory eligible to compete at the national level. There are also seven award categories available by entering directly to the Australian Training Awards.

News | 22 June 2016

Over 100 industry, government and vocational education experts discussed leading practice examples and shared their expertise and insights regarding effective ways to engage employers in skills development and work-based learning. Workshop sessions traversed a broad range of topics, anchored around the premise that employers will be at the centre of global efforts to develop future workforce skills. Participants discussed the importance of building good employer relationships, embracing differences at the business, industry and regional level and designing policy responses that facilitate local solutions for local issues.

News | 16 June 2016

The Inclusion Support Programme (ISP) will commence from 1 July 2016. The ISP replaces the Inclusion and Professional Support Program (IPSP) which ends on 30 June 2016.

To ensure continued inclusion support for early childhood and child care services a number of transition arrangements have been put in place. Further detail is provided on the IPSP Transition page of the department’s website.

Services requiring access to transitional inclusion support funding in early July can now apply for early access to the new Inclusion Support Portal. Please refer to the Inclusion Support Portal Information page for instructions.

News | 20 May 2016

Six teams of respected and eminent researchers have been announced that will assist in identifying Australian research infrastructure capability by assessing what we have and what the nation might need in the future.

The teams of experts will examine the areas of: health, physics, environment, culture, national security and underpinning research.

This process is integral to the development of a discussion paper for the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, which will be released later in the year.

The list of the areas and respective capability experts is below. Their current position and employer have been included to show the range of expertise.

News | 20 May 2016

The 2016-17 Skilled Occupations List (SOL) has been registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The review of the SOL was conducted by the Department of Education and Training. The SOL identifies occupations that would benefit from independent skilled migration for the purpose of meeting the medium to long term skill needs of the Australian economy, where such needs may not be more appropriately met by sponsored migration programs or up-skilling Australians.

News | 6 May 2016


Following their announcement at the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) in December 2015, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, Minister for Vocational Education and Skills has released the Apprenticeship Training – alternative delivery pilots guidelines.

Stream One pilots will trial broader industry adoption of alternative methods of delivering apprenticeships training. Representing industry sectors - building and construction, electrical and communications - vital to the Australian economy, Stream One pilots will be designed and delivered by the Master Builders Australia, National Electrical and Communications Association and North East Vocational College in Adelaide.

Stream Two is an open grants process for a further two pilots. Applications will close on 29 July 2016.

More information

Apprenticeship Training – alternative delivery...

News | 6 May 2016

New Research Block Grant arrangements for universities were announced in December last year and form an important element of the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA).

In line with the aims of NISA, the new arrangements are designed to drive greater research-industry engagement by increasing incentives for collaboration with business and organisations which use the outcomes of research.

This will ultimately help translate our excellent research into benefits for the Australian community. 

Stakeholders have until Monday 25 July to comment on the consultation paper.

The consultation paper ‘Sharper incentives for engagement: New research block grant arrangements for universities’ is now available.

News | 6 May 2016

News | 4 May 2016

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 $12 million over four years.

This funding will enable us to undertake projects in a range of areas by increasing opportunities for the sector to grow and diversify, such as enhancing the employability of international students; piloting innovative education delivery and borderless education models; undertaking further international education research to inform better policy and practice; raising community awareness of the benefits international students bring to Australia – socially, culturally and economically; and further enhancing our reputation for quality student living and learning experiences.

News | 3 May 2016

The Australian Government delivered the 2016-17 Budget on Tuesday 3 May 2016. To find out what this means for education and training, visit the 2016-17 Budget section of the website.

News | 29 April 2016

It is envisioned that the paper will promote public discussion and inform the redesign of the scheme.

Senator the Hon Scott Ryan Minister for Vocational Education and Skills seeks feedback on the ideas presented in the paper which includes a series of questions to guide stakeholders in providing comment.

Submissions will be treated in-confidence and can be forwarded to

The closing date for submissions is Thursday 30 June 2016.

News | 28 April 2016

Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham today launched the Early Childhood Resource Hub—which provides over 150,000 early childhood educators access to over 300 digital resources, including articles, videos, forums, all linked to the National Quality Framework (NQF).

The Hub is great news for child care educators to find quick and easy access to information on the NQF in one simple place.

Educators can use resources on the Hub to support their educational programming and share ideas about professional practice.

The Hub is a valuable tool to assist educators and services developing and implementing quality improvement plans and tackling specific issues, such as the application of learning frameworks, parental engagement and supporting children with specific needs.

For further information and to access the Hub, visit