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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 | 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 | 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 | 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

Overview

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

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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 VFHPolicyRedesign@education.gov.au

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.

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.

More information can be found  in the Communique and Media Release.

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 | 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:

  1. what has changed for the sector in moving to a single national regulatory framework from multiple state- and territory-specific arrangements

  2. the extent to which the TEQSA Act has contributed to improved quality in the delivery of higher education

  3. the extent to which the TEQSA Act has contributed to improved regulation

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