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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.

News | 31 October 2016

Public consultations on the review of the National VET Provider Collection Data Requirements Policy (the Review) have now closed. The review is seeking to improve the transparency and efficiency of VET (Vocational Education and Training).  Further information on the review and the public submissions received is available at: https://submissions.education.gov.au/Forms/VETDP/pages/index

Consultations on the Review have included public submissions, an online survey and targeted interviews with key stakeholders.

The Review team is now analysing the issues arising from the consultations.

The Review is expected to be completed by the end of this year, with the revised policy available in the first half of 2017.

News | 26 October 2016

Annual report cover

The Department of Education and Training Annual Report 2015‑16 was tabled in Parliament on 26 October 2016.

An accessibility-optimised PDF and a html version of the Department of Education and Training Annual report 2015‑16 is available.

News | 21 October 2016

The Australian Government has implemented changes to research block grant (RBG) arrangements for universities commencing next year.

As part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, announced last year, the new arrangements are designed to drive greater research‑industry engagement by substantially boosting incentives for collaboration with business and organisations which use the outcomes of research.

The arrangements establish two new streamlined programs:

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 | 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

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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

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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 | 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.

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