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News | 13 February 2015

The submissions received as part of the Advisory Group’s public consultation process have been made public.

Links to the Report, the Australian Government response, public submissions and commissioned research are available on the Students First website.

News | 10 February 2015

Between 2014 and 2017, New South Wales will receive $22.75 million from the Australian Government.

To find out more, visit the Students First website.

News | 3 February 2015

The Trade Training Centres in Schools Program - Independent Review 2014, announced in 2014, was undertaken to find ways to improve the use of Trade Training Centres and discover how much employers were involved in the training and if it met their needs.

As part of the review process, the outcomes of the 217 Trade Training Centres that were operational in 2012 were examined and the strengths and weaknesses of the program were identified.

The review findings will inform the Government on ways to optimise use of the Trade Training Centre expenditure and improve the quality of vocational learning and VET delivered to secondary students.

News | 20 January 2015

This joint Commonwealth, state and territory government initiative helps apprentices and students lodge complaints and serves employers concerned about any aspect of the training system.

The Hotline directs consumer’s complaints to relevant authorities. 

Logo - National Training Complaints Hotline, Helping consumers to register their concerns

News | 24 November 2014

In May 2013, the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee released its inquiry report: Teaching and Learning – maximising our investment in Australian schools.

The Government’s response conveys the government’s commitment to improving teacher quality. Many of the Committee’s recommendations overlap with the work of the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group, which will identify priorities for actions to improve teacher education along with suitable implementation timeframes.

The Australian Government report to the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee:

News | 29 October 2014

As part of its Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda, the Australian Government will develop and implement a strategy to improve Australia’s economic performance through better translation of research into commercial outcomes.

Better translation of research into commercial outcomes will help drive innovation in Australia, grow successful Australian businesses and research capacity, and boost productivity and exports. It aligns with the Government’s measures to reform the higher education sector and to realise the potential of health and other research.

The Government is looking for input from the research sector and industry on the discussion paper. The deadline for submissions has been extended until 5 December 2014 at midnight AEDT.

Further details on the initiative and how to make a submission are set out on the Current Reviews and Consultations page.

News | 12 October 2014

The final report from the Review of the Australian Curriculumwas released in October 2014. The review evaluated the robustness, independence and balance of the process and development of the Australian Curriculum.

The Review makes 30 key recommendations, which will need to be examined by all Australian education ministers before any action is taken.

The Australian Government has also released an initial response to the Review of the Australian Curriculum’s Final Report.

Links to the Final Report, the Australian Government’s initial response and the supplementary material are available here:

Review of the Australian Curriculum

News | 1 October 2014

The discussion paper outlines proposals to make ESOS more contemporary, flexible and effective.

The reform of ESOS will address a key Government objective—to reduce unnecessary red tape.

Education institutions, training organisations, peak bodies and agencies are invited to make written submissions by 31 October 2014.

Download the discussion paper.

News | 24 September 2014

All ACT government schools will now benefit from greater local autonomy through funding provided by the Australian Government.

Between 2014 and 2017, the Australian Capital Territory will receive close to $1 million from the Australian Government.

To find out more, visit the Students First website.

News | 24 September 2014

The Australian Government’s $70 million Independent Public Schools (IPS) initiative will improve the capacity of school leaders and communities within South Australian government schools to make their own decisions.

Between 2014 and 2017, South Australia will receive $5.53 million in federal funding.

To find out more, visit the Students First website.

News | 16 September 2014

All of the Northern Territory’s 154 government schools will benefit through the initiative, with up to 15 government schools expected to become Independent Public Schools by 2017.

To find out more, visit the Students First website.

News | 15 September 2014

Australian Government funding of $12.88 million will expand Queensland’s Independent Public Schools initiative and provide professional development to support school leaders to effectively manage more autonomous schools.

To find out more, visit the Students First website.

News | 15 September 2014

All of Victoria’s 1,526 government schools are expected to benefit from at least one of the activities that will be implemented through the initiative.

To find out more, visit the Students First website

News | 8 September 2014

International Literacy Day

8 September, is the United Nations’ Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) International Literacy Day – the theme of this year’s International Literacy Day is “Literacy and Sustainable Development.”

For almost 50 years, UNESCO has been celebrating International Literacy Day. The day draws awareness to the international community that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning. Today highlights the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies.

Literacy and being able to read and write, is the foundation of learning. Once children have learnt to read and write they are enabled to use these skills to learn and develop.

News | 29 August 2014

On 28 August 2014, the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014 was introduced into the House of Representatives.

The Bill aims to reform higher education by deregulating fees and extending demand driven funding to higher education qualifications below the level of bachelor degree, including higher education diplomas, advanced diplomas and associate degrees, and also to private universities and non-university higher education providers.

The Bill would enable providers to determine the amount that students contribute to the cost of their courses and restructures Commonwealth subsidies for Commonwealth supported places to ensure a more equal sharing of costs between taxpayers and students.

News | 21 August 2014

The Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP and the Tasmanian Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Jeremy Rockliff MP, have announced that the Australian Government’s $70 million Independent Public Schools initiative will fund Tasmania’s new Community Empowered Schools program.

Tasmania will implement the Community Empowered Schools program with the $2.1 million in funding it will receive from the Australian Government.

The initiative is set to benefit 120 Tasmanian school communities.

To find out more, visit the Students First website.

News | 1 July 2014

CQUniversity will increase the number and type of students attending by offering a full range of courses from Certificate 1 through to doctorate, and providing flexible pathways between vocational and higher education.

Minister Pyne’s media release.

News | 30 June 2014

The Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP has announced a $22 million grant for Good to Great Schools Australia to improve the literacy results of children in remote primary schools.

For information please visit the Flexible Literacy for Remote Primary Schools Programme web page

News | 22 June 2014

The Minister for Education the Hon Christopher Pyne MP announced an increase of $22 million in funding for the Teach for Australia programme.

The Teach for Australia programme aims to fast-track high-calibre non-teaching graduates into disadvantaged schools through an intensive training programme that leads to a post-graduate teaching qualification.

More information about the programme is available on the Teach for Australia website.

News | 13 June 2014

On Friday 13 June 2014, the former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education , Senator the Hon Scott Ryan,  announced the Safe Schools Symposium where the Safe Schools Coalition Australia was launched.

The Safe Schools Coalition Australia is the first national programme funded by the Australian Government with the aim of creating safe and supportive school environments for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse people.

The Safe Schools Coalition Australia is managed by the Foundation for Young Australians.

For more information, visit the Safe Schools Coalition Australia website.

News | 12 June 2014

Following the third EU-Australia Workshop on Research Infrastructures hosted by Australia in November 2013, four formal cooperation agreements between Australian and the European Union facilities were signed in May 2014. The signing events, hosted by the Australian Embassy in Brussels, involved the National Imaging Facility (NIF), Therapeutic Innovation Australia (TIA), Compounds Australia, EuroBioimaging, European Clinical Research Infrastructure, European Infrastructure for Translational Medicine and European Infrastructure of Open Screening Platforms for Chemical Biology. These agreements will give Australian researchers better access to some of the world’s most advanced treatment options and give access to research infrastructure that will help them translate great Australian medical research discoveries into better diagnosis of medical conditions, new products and new drugs.

News | 22 April 2014

The Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has announced the establishment of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) Advisory Council to provide advice to the Minister and TEQSA on quality and deregulation activities relating to Australian higher education. You can find out more on the TEQSA Advisory Council page and Minister Pyne’s press release.

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