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News | 14 July 2017

The ELICOS Standards are guidelines for regulatory authorities to make decisions for providers to be registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) under the Education Services for Overseas Students legislative framework.

Proposed changes include changing the definition of courses to bring all intensive English language courses registered on CRICOS within the scope of the ELICOS Standards.

Key areas for revision include:

News | 5 July 2017

The implementation plan is available at: https://www.education.gov.au/admissions-transparency-implementation-working-group-0

News | 13 June 2017

AVREP is an initiative of the Department of Education and Training supported by the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam. This initiative aims to promote and strengthen the bilateral science and innovation partnerships at the institutional and researcher-level. Each AVREP exchange consists of a visit to Vietnam by the Australian researcher and a reciprocal visit by the Vietnamese partner researcher to Australia.

Three Vietnamese researchers who are Australia Awards alumni are funded by DFAT under the Australia Global Alumni Strategy.

Stories about the exchanges will be available on Australia in Vietnam in the coming months.

Australian Researcher Vietnamese Researcher Project

Dr Long Chu

Australian National University...

News | 6 June 2017

Pre-service teachers in Penang, Malaysia, tested different approaches to classroom science challenges
Pre-service teachers in Penang, Malaysia, tested different approaches to classroom science challenges
Teachers in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, explored optics and colour mixing exercises using basic materials
Teachers in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, explored optics and colour mixing exercises using basic materials

News | 17 May 2017

As part of the reform package the Government will no longer be proceeding with the previous 2014-15 Budget measure to reduce Research Training Scheme (RTS) funding by 10 per cent and introduce tuition fees for RTS students. This measure was previously scheduled to commence in 2018. As a result, the total pool of funding in 2018 for both the Research Training Program and the Research Support Program will be the same as for 2017, indexed.

The higher education reform includes a measure that makes changes to support available for Permanent Residents and New Zealand citizens. This change will not affect the eligibility of Permanent Residents and New Zealand citizens for the Research Training Program (RTP) or the reporting of higher degree by research student (HDR) completions to the department.  

News | 9 May 2017

News | 1 May 2017

The grants are paid to institutions to support undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational education and training (VET) students to undertake an overseas study experience as part of their Australian qualification. The program also supports a small number of overseas students to undertake semester exchange programs in Australia.

Expanding education links between Australia and the world through student mobility is a key priority of the Australian Government’s National Strategy for International Education 2025.

Over 2700 grants are expected to be available under the 2018 EMG round.

Applications will close on Wednesday 14 June 2017.

News | 1 May 2017

A new online platform launched in Melbourne this week will give students access to their authentic digital academic records anytime, anywhere so they can share them with whoever they choose.

My eQuals, by the Digital Student Data Project, is an innovative solution to address qualifications fraud.

The platform is currently being implemented in a staged approach across 45 participating universities, thirty-seven from Australia and eight from New Zealand.

The University of Melbourne, Monash University and Griffith University in Australia and the University of Auckland in New Zealand are currently using My eQuals.

In a mobile world, institutions and employers need to be able to verify that qualifications of potential students or employees are authentic.  

That’s where My eQuals comes in.  It will empower students to move quickly on education and employment opportunities at home and...

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 | 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 | 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

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 | 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 | 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.

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