News | 28 April 2016
Parents were given from 1 January until 18 March (or a later date if previously notified by the Department of Human Services) to meet the immunisation requirements to keep receiving Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. Those parents who did not take steps to meet the requirements will no longer receive child care payments from 2 May 2016.
Due to the rise in the number of children vaccinated over the past few months, there was a delay in processing vaccination records, with some states and territories needing extra time to update the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register.
As the delay was beyond the parent’s control and may have resulted in their child’s information not being up-to-date, child care payments continued to be paid to allow time for the register to be updated.
News | 6 April 2016
The Higher Education Standards Panel has released a paper calling for public submissions on how to improve transparency in higher education admissions processes.
More information is available on the Higher Education Standards Panel web page.
Interested stakeholders can lodge submissions to HigherEd@education.gov.au by close of business Friday 27 May 2016.
The paper is now available.
News | 1 April 2016
The meeting was chaired by the Hon Scott Ryan, Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and brought together skills ministers from across the nation.
The discussions focused on four priority areas in the vocational education system – industry responsiveness, funding, quality and data.
News | 23 March 2016
Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham has announced the make-up of the Expert Working Group that is tasked with setting the future direction of national research infrastructure, including through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).
The Minister said development of this roadmap is critical if Australia is to build on its international reputation as a vibrant centre for innovation and research excellence.
“The Expert Working Group, led by Dr Alan Finkel AO, the Chief Scientist for Australia, will consult widely with researchers, and other stakeholders such as end users of research including industry and business, to develop a national ten year plan to underpin Australian research and identify future national research infrastructure priorities and areas for investment” Minister Birmingham said.
News | 11 March 2016
A new book launched this week is proof of the profound contribution Australia’s university researchers are making not only to the lives of Australians, but communities around the world.
Commissioned by the Department of Education and Training in collaboration with Universities Australia, World-leading research in Australia’s universities showcases how Australian universities are working with our international partners and building productive alliances with Australian and international businesses and industries.
The book also demonstrates, in an engaging way, the depth and breadth of Australia’s university research, skills and ingenuity at a time when the rest of the world is looking to Australia for new ideas.
Education and Training Minister, Senator Simon Birmingham said the book contains many examples where Australian research is transforming lives here and overseas.
News | 10 March 2016
On 8 March 2016, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, announced the launch of the Preparing Secondary Students for Work website, which includes the new VET self-assessment tool for schools developed in collaboration with key stakeholders from schools, industry and training sectors. “The website contains important information that will assist schools and employers to more effectively work together, directly benefitting students both in the short and long term,” Minister Ryan said. To access the online tool and website visit www.pssfw.myskills.gov.au.
News | 10 March 2016
On 9 March 2016, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, released the guidelines for the allocation of NCRIS funds from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.
News | 9 March 2016
Review of the Impact of the TEQSA Act on the higher education sector
Terms of Reference
The review will assess the impact on the higher education sector of the TEQSA Act by examining:
what has changed for the sector in moving to a single national regulatory framework from multiple state- and territory-specific arrangements
the extent to which the TEQSA Act has contributed to improved quality in the delivery of higher education
the extent to which the TEQSA Act has contributed to improved regulation
News | 9 March 2016
The 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap is officially underway with the release of the Terms of Reference. The roadmap will set out Australia’s long-term research infrastructure needs and identify priority areas for future national investment.
Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO, will lead the development of the 2016 Roadmap supported by an expert working group.
The 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap will set out a ten year plan for national research infrastructure that will ensure Australian researchers continue to have access to world class state of the art research infrastructure. This will ensure that Australian research will continue to be leading edge so as to drive greater innovation across the economy.
The Roadmap is expected to be completed in late 2016, with the members of the Expert Working Group announced shortly.
News | 7 March 2016
The 2015 Australian Early Development Census National Report is now available. This third set of data will complement the existing data and this information will help schools, communities and governments to better tailor services and resources to help young children and their families get the support they need. Visit the Australian Early Development Census page for related information.
News | 4 March 2016
More than 145,000 students took part in the survey – the largest ever conducted in Australia on the state of the nation’s higher education sector – which establishes performance benchmarks for higher education providers.
The survey asked students about the quality of their higher education, including student access to computers, libraries and teaching facilities; whether learning advice, careers advisors and health services were available, as well as the development of students’ communication, problem solving and work readiness skills.
Results from the survey also reveal why students consider abandoning their studies. The most common reasons given were situational factors, such as health or stress, study and life balance and the need to do paid work.
Institutions will be able to use this important information to improve the services they offer students, as well as being able to better help students complete their studies.
News | 29 February 2016
The figures show that Australia’s ranking in the global student community remains strong as they represent growth of 10 per cent on student numbers compared to 2014.
Encouragingly, Chinese students continue to flock to Australia with 136,097 students here last year – an increase of 13 per cent on the previous year. It remains at the top of the list of countries with most international students studying in Australia (27 per cent), with India second contributing 11 per cent.
Other nationalities in the top ten included Vietnam, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Brazil, Thailand, Nepal, Indonesia and Hong Kong.
International education delivered almost $20 billion into the Australian economy last year alone, confirming its importance to the economic and social future of Australia.
News | 25 February 2016
Universal access to early childhood education ensures that a quality, early childhood education programme is available for all children in the year before full-time school (often referred to as preschool or kindergarten). The programme is to be delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher for 600 hours a year, with a focus on participation by Indigenous children, vulnerable and disadvantaged children.
Research shows that participating in a quality early childhood education programme can significantly increase positive educational and life outcomes for children, especially those from more disadvantaged backgrounds. The universal access initiative aims to improve participation in quality early childhood education for all Australian children.
News | 17 February 2016
The GSO was established under the auspices of Science Ministers from the Group of Eight (G8) countries as an important international policy forum for global research infrastructure. Along with representatives of the G8 (France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Japan, the United States, Canada, and Russia) the group includes representatives from Brazil, the European Commission, India, Mexico, the People’s Republic of China, South Africa and of course Australia.
News | 4 February 2016
The projects aim to ensure that Australians from low socio-economic status backgrounds who have the ability to study at university have the opportunity to do so.
The projects will help universities improve their support for these students by conducting research that builds the evidence base, piloting innovative approaches and improving current programme delivery.
National Priorities Pool projects include:
News | 15 December 2015
As part of the Australian Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda and the broader Regulatory Reform Agenda the Government has adopted the principle that if a system, service or product has been approved under a trusted international standard or risk assessment, then Commonwealth regulators should not impose any additional requirements for approval in Australia, unless it can be demonstrated that there is a good reason to do so. The objective of this principle is to reduce regulatory burden and remove barriers to trade.
To implement this principle, Education and Training, in consultation with portfolio regulators, has developed the following criteria for assessing the appropriateness of adopting a particular international standard or risk assessment.
Portfolio criteria for the adoption of International Standards and Risk Assessments
Where a potential international standard exists:
News | 11 December 2015
The draft guidelines for the new Inclusion Support Programme (ISP) are now open for public comment.
The ISP is a key component of the Australian Government’s Jobs for Families Child Care Package and part of the $858 million Child Care Safety Net. The ISP will commence from July 2016.
The ISP will assist child care services to improve their ability to provide inclusive practices and address barriers to participation for children with additional needs, particularly children with disability.
The programme will provide practical advice and support for child care service providers, help services access specialist equipment, and provide funding for services to hire extra educators to support the inclusion of a child or children with ongoing high support needs, where required.
News | 9 December 2015
Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training addressing the Awards ceremony at Parliament House. Picture: Irene Dowdy
News | 7 December 2015
The Government has committed to the following initiatives in the Education and Training portfolio as part of the agenda:
News | 4 December 2015
Ms Paul is the second-longest serving Secretary and has been a chief executive for 11 years.
“For me, every day of my 11 years as a Secretary has been a privilege,” Ms Paul said.
“In coming to this decision, I want to thank the Prime Minister and Minister Birmingham for their support.
“I am proud of being able to help make a positive difference over the years to the lives of Australians and others in areas so important for our nation’s future such as early childhood, schooling, vocational education, skills and training, higher education, international education, research, science, employment, workforce and workplace relations. I am also proud of the special focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
News | 3 December 2015
Winners were recognised and acknowledged from a variety of unique categories, as well for different school years from primary through to senior secondary. The illustrious National Young Historian award was taken out by Canberran Ineka Voigt for her in-depth research on artist Nora Heyson. Ineka also won the ACT Young Historian award in 2014.
The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP, Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, was on hand to present a number of awards and he spoke passionately of the high standard of entries received.
“This year’s winning entries explored the theme ‘Leadership and Legacy’ in a wide variety of historical contexts in both Australia and overseas,” Minister Hartsukyer said.
News | 25 November 2015
From 1 January 2016, all children under the age of 20 must be up-to-date with their immunisations, on a catch up schedule or have a medical exemption in order to continue receiving the Child Care Benefit (CCB), Child Care Rebate (CCR) and the Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A Supplement payment.
Vaccination objections on the basis of personal or philosophical beliefs will no longer be a valid immunisation exemption for these family payments.
Exemptions will still apply for children with medical contraindications or natural immunity who have been assessed by a general practitioner.
News | 20 November 2015
The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP, Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, provided a keynote address at the presentation dinner.
“All the award finalists have achieved amazing things thanks to VET, and are helping build a highly skilled workforce to help our nation remain competitive into the future, ” Minister Hartsuyker told over 700 guests at the presentation dinner. View the Minister’s media release.
News | 13 November 2015
In May 2015 the Department of Education and Training (the department) initiated formal reviews into six non-government school authorities associated with the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) to ensure that each authority is meeting the requirements of the Australian Education Act 2013 (the Act).
The Act requires, amongst other obligations, that all school authorities operate not-for-profit, be a ‘fit and proper person’ and ensure that funding provided is used only for school education.
The Department has concluded the reviews and has notified each school authority that it is not currently complying with governance, financial and accountability requirements of the Act. All school authorities in Australia are required to meet these requirements in order to receive Commonwealth funding and the department actively monitors compliance with these requirements.
News | 9 November 2015
Australians living overseas who have a Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) debt or Trade Support Loan (TSL) will have the same repayment obligations as people living in Australia, following the passage through Parliament of overseas debt recovery legislation.
Until now, people who took out a HELP or TSL loan and moved overseas were under no obligation to repay their debt as long as they remained offshore residents. Now, anyone who has a HELP or TSL debt, who earns above the minimum repayment threshold ($54,126 in 2015-16), will repay their debt regardless of where they live.