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 | 1 September 2016
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.