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News | 1 May 2017

As part of the 2014–15 Budget, the Government announced an ambitious package of higher education reforms to address the challenges facing the higher education sector. These reforms were intended to strengthen the higher education system and ensure Australia is not left behind at a time of rising performance by universities around the world, foster greater innovation in education offerings and to widen opportunity and access to support the growing diversity of student needs and aspirations.

News | 18 April 2017

In the first national Employer Satisfaction Survey that directly links the experiences of graduates to the views of their direct supervisors, employers were asked to report their degree of satisfaction with the skills of recently employed graduates from Australian universities.

The survey found that in 2016, recent graduates of PhD and Masters by Research courses received high employer satisfaction ratings compared with other graduates across a range of skills [see Figure 1]. Differences were greatest for foundation skills1, adaptive skills2 and technical skills3.

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News | 11 April 2017

2016 winner of the Excellence in Language Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award, Isabel Osuna-Gatty and two students.

The Australian Training Awards and Velg Training are pleased to announce that they will be hosting a free webinar for LLN practitioners to address the selection criteria, and apply for, the 2017 Australian Training Awards’ Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award.

2016 winner of this award, Ms Isabel Osuna-Gatty and Mr David Tout, Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Council of Education and Research and previous judge for the award will be on the webinar panel to answer your questions.

Key topics covered within the webinar:

News | 10 April 2017

On 27 March 2017, the Australian Parliament passed the Jobs for Families Child Care Package. This legislation gives effect to the most significant reform to the early education and care system in decades and will better target those who want work or work more. It will give around one million Australian families relief from out-of-pocket child care cost pressures and provide more children with the opportunity to benefit from early education.

Over the next 15 months, the Australian Government will implement a new child care system which is more affordable, accessible and flexible. More children will have the opportunity to benefit from early childhood education.

Parents and carers will have more flexibility to stay in or return to the workforce. Payments will be streamlined, with the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate replaced by a single means-tested Child Care Subsidy from July 2018.

News | 28 March 2017

The Australian Training Awards has provided national recognition to individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their outstanding contribution to Australia’s VET system since 1994.

The Awards have 18 categories, a majority of which are the culmination of state and territory training awards programs. There are seven awards available by entering directly to the Australian Training Awards.

The 2017 Australian Training Awards direct entry categories are open for application now and include:

Individual 

News | 17 March 2017

The report presents the findings of research on international approaches to measuring teacher effectiveness and their applicability to Australia. Measures of teacher effectiveness are vital for understanding what impact teachers have on student outcomes and how to build teachers’ capacity to use that information to improve their teaching.

The Australian Government will work with state and territory governments, the teaching profession and the education community to further examine the suitability of teacher effectiveness measures for the Australian context.

The specific aim of this project was to examine and summarise current international policies and practices regarding teacher evaluation, evaluate these systems, and subsequently inform the development of a teacher effectiveness measure for Australia.

News | 10 March 2017

This Mission is an opportunity to establish stronger links with Indian counterparts while gaining a deeper understanding of the Indian training market and the challenges it faces in educating and skilling its large population.  The highlight of the program will be the Australia-India Skills Conference, Skilling a Global Economy, with key note speakers Senator Simon Birmingham and Sri Rajiv Rudy, Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, India.

Business and industry leaders have the opportunity to be involved in the mission as delegates, for more information about the Skills Mission and how to be involved is available from the Mission’s website.

News | 10 March 2017

An Admissions Transparency Implementation Working Group, chaired by Professor Kerri-Lee Krause of Victoria University, has been established to give effect to the recommendations of the Higher Education Standards Panel in its 2016 report on improving the transparency of higher education admissions.
The membership and role of the working group is outlined here.

News | 28 February 2017

Australian universities can now apply to be recognised as providing specialised training to address Australia’s critical need for cyber security professionals.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Cyber Security Dan Tehan, have announced the call for applications to the Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence (ACCSE) program.

The establishment of ACCSE in Australian universities will:

News | 23 February 2017

The Department of Education and Training’s Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors Program, which recruits prominent Australians to promote apprenticeships and traineeships, has been recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews said the program was a key part of the Government’s efforts to inspire young Australians to take up an apprenticeship and to raise the status of Vocational Education and Training (VET...

News | 14 February 2017

The Australian Government invites all international education stakeholders and interested parties to comment on a consultation draft of a revised National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 (National Code). The National Code sets nationally consistent standards for delivery of education to overseas students.

Proposed changes aim to modernise and simplify the National Code so it can be easily applied by providers and regulators, and increase flexibility where appropriate and relevant for international students.

Key areas for reform include:

News | 21 December 2016

Researchers at Australian universities will benefit from a $76 million boost from the Australian Government that will increase collaboration between their work, industry and business.

The increase to the new research block grants includes a new stream of $50 million from the National Innovation and Science Agenda to drive universities to engage more with industry and other innovation systems.

The investment forms part of the Turnbull Government’s $1.9 billion commitment to R&D and training researchers in 2017.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham made the announcement and said Australian researchers had no shortage of smart ideas.

The focus now he said was to become better at taking research and applying it in ways that benefit the broader community, by turning our best research ideas into new job-creating commercial realities.

News | 19 December 2016

In May 2016, the Government committed $3 million for a new and contemporary National Career Education Strategy to support students to be prepared for life beyond school, including the jobs of today and into the future.
The commitment is part of the Government’s Quality Schools Quality Outcomes policy. 

The National Career Education Strategy includes a focus on developing young people’s 21st century skills and facilitating stronger employer, industry and school collaboration so that young people are equipped with the necessary skills to navigate complex careers across a range of industries and professions.

The strategy is also closely aligned with work already underway to develop, assess and track student’s general capabilities as described in the Australian Curriculum so that teachers, parents, education and policy makers have concrete data on student achievement and progress.

News | 16 December 2016

The Government has accepted the Higher Education Standards Panel’s recommendations on how to improve the transparency of higher education admissions processes and announced its response.

The Department of Education and Training will work with the higher education sector to develop a joint plan to give effect to the Panel’s recommendations. An implementation working group, chaired by a senior representative of the higher education sector, will be established to develop and oversee the joint implementation plan.

The working group will identify the steps necessary to implement the Panel’s recommendations as quickly as possible, either through voluntary adoption across the sector, additional regulation, or requirements linked to funding agreements, where necessary. The aim is to implement as many of the recommendations as possible in time for the 2018 academic year.

News | 14 December 2016

The Comparative Analysis of the Australian Qualifications Framework and the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning: Joint Technical Report is set to enhance mobility between Australia and Europe by improving mutual understanding of the European and Australian qualifications frameworks. It is a source of information that provides additional context for decisions about the recognition of qualifications that support student and labour mobility.

Supporting graduates with Australian qualifications globally is a key deliverable of the Australian Government’s National Strategy for International Education 2025.

News | 6 December 2016

The National Day of Action (NDA) has a fresh new look this year and we are calling on schools to ask their students 'what's your anti-bullying message?' and to start thinking about their NDA activities for 2017.

This year, schools who register for the day will become 'National Day of Action' schools and there will be no need to re-register each year. 

Don't forget to order the ‘Take a Stand Together’ wristbands! These wristbands are a colourful and engaging way for school students and staff to show their support.

NDA schools also have access to free printed resources, including student pocket cards and parent information cards. These materials provide tips and advice when dealing with bullying and help promote positive conversations about 'taking a stand together' against bullying and violence. 

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

News | 29 November 2016

The 2016 National History Challenge award ceremony took place at Parliament House in Canberra today and was attended by Federal Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, where he presented New South Wales student Rachel Wang with the prestigious 2016 National Young Historian of the Year Award.

Minister Birmingham said the quality of the work undertaken across such a wide range of topics was testament to the students’ historical curiosity and strong research skills.

The National History Challenge encourages students to use research and inquiry-based learning to discover more about the past, where students are the historians.

They can investigate their community, explore their own and their family’s past and consider ideas throughout history. The challenge encourages the use of primary and secondary sources and offers a variety of presentation styles.

News | 29 November 2016

The Council for International Education held its first meeting on Wednesday 23 November 2016 at Parliament House. Chaired by Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, the Council consists of six Australian Government Ministers and Assistant Ministers and eleven expert members.

The Council brings a whole-of-government approach to strengthen and grow Australian international education and will provide advice on priorities for Australian Government action.

News | 24 November 2016

At the 2016-17 Budget the Government released a policy options paper, Driving Innovation, Fairness and Excellence in Australian Higher Education and invited public submissions. The paper sets out options for reform that support the Government’s vision of a stronger, more sustainable system of higher education and submissions will inform the development of a revised reform package.

Submissions received in response to the options paper are now available.

The Department of Education and Training received more than 1200 submissions to this process. All submissions have been made public unless the author stated in writing that their submission is confidential.

News | 16 November 2016

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham met students from St Francis de Sales College in Mount Barker, South Australia on Thursday 10 November 2017 to mark this million student milestone.

PACER provides financial assistance for students in Years 4 to 12 from schools more than 150 kilometers from Canberra to visit the national capital for civics and citizenship education. The rebate ranges from $20 to $260 per student, depending on distance from Canberra, and is provided as a contribution to assist with travel costs. All PACER-supported schools visit Parliament House, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, and/or the National Electoral Education Centre and the Australian War Memorial. 

News | 16 November 2016

The Government has accepted the Higher Education Standards Panel’s report on how to improve the transparency of admissions processes at Australia’s roughly 170 higher education providers. The Government supports the intent of the recommendations from the Panel and will respond in due course.

The Panel, chaired by Professor Peter Shergold AC, received 82 written submissions and met with a wide range of higher education and secondary education stakeholders in formulating its advice.

The Panel made 14 recommendations in its report. The Panel’s key recommendations include that providers use common and consistent language to describe ATAR thresholds and other admissions requirements and publish information on admissions processes in agreed templates to ensure ease of comparison for prospective students and their parents.

News | 10 November 2016

On 10 November 2016, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, announced the Skills Service Organisations for the manufacturing, automotive and mining and drilling sectors. They are

  • Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA) − for manufacturing and
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers Skills for Australia (PwC) − for automotive, and mining and drilling.

Skills Service Organisations are funded by the Australian Government as independent, professional service organisations who undertake work commissioned by the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC), on behalf of their Industry Reference Committees (IRCs).

Further information on the Australian Industry and Skills Committee is available on their website at www.AISC.net.au.

A contact list for all SSOs is available.

News | 3 November 2016

In 2014 the DSP was evaluated by KPMG to verify the program was meeting its objectives and to identify options to improve the ongoing operation of the program.

The evaluation identified a number of options to improve the program’s design.

A proposed response to these issues is outlined in the DSP consultation paper. Stakeholders are invited to consider the options put forward and provide feedback.

All feedback on the ideas presented in the consultation paper, or any other ideas stakeholders propose to improve the DSP, are welcome. The Government will consider all feedback before proceeding with any changes to the DSP.

Submissions are due by 5.00 pm (AEDT) on Friday 25 November 2016 and should be emailed to the DSP mailbox.

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