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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...

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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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

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 | 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.

News | 29 February 2016

The figures show that Australia’s ranking in the global student community remains strong as they represent growth of 10 per cent on student numbers compared to 2014.

Encouragingly, Chinese students continue to flock to Australia with 136,097 students here last year – an increase of 13 per cent on the previous year. It remains at the top of the list of countries with most international students studying in Australia (27 per cent), with India second contributing 11 per cent.

Other nationalities in the top ten included Vietnam, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Brazil, Thailand, Nepal, Indonesia and Hong Kong.

International education delivered almost $20 billion into the Australian economy last year alone, confirming its importance to the economic and social future of Australia.

News | 17 February 2016

The GSO was established under the auspices of Science Ministers from the Group of Eight (G8) countries as an important international policy forum for global research infrastructure. Along with representatives of the G8 (France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Japan, the United States, Canada, and Russia) the group includes representatives from Brazil, the European Commission, India, Mexico, the People’s Republic of China, South Africa and of course Australia.

News | 4 February 2016

The projects aim to ensure that Australians from low socio-economic status backgrounds who have the ability to study at university have the opportunity to do so.

The projects will help universities improve their support for these students by conducting research that builds the evidence base, piloting innovative approaches and improving current programme delivery.

National Priorities Pool projects include:

News | 15 December 2015

As part of the Australian Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda and the broader Regulatory Reform Agenda the Government has adopted the principle that if a system, service or product has been approved under a trusted international standard or risk assessment, then Commonwealth regulators should not impose any additional requirements for approval in Australia, unless it can be demonstrated that there is a good reason to do so. The objective of this principle is to reduce regulatory burden and remove barriers to trade.

To implement this principle, Education, in consultation with portfolio regulators, has developed the following criteria for assessing the appropriateness of adopting a particular international standard or risk assessment.

Portfolio criteria for the adoption of International Standards and Risk Assessments

Where a potential international standard exists:

News | 11 December 2015

The draft guidelines for the new Inclusion Support Programme (ISP) are now open for public comment.

The ISP is a key component of the Australian Government’s Jobs for Families Child Care Package and part of the $858 million Child Care Safety Net. The ISP will commence from July 2016.

The ISP will assist child care services to improve their ability to provide inclusive practices and address barriers to participation for children with additional needs, particularly children with disability.

The programme will provide practical advice and support for child care service providers, help services access specialist equipment, and provide funding for services to hire extra educators to support the inclusion of a child or children with ongoing high support needs, where required.

News | 9 December 2015

 

Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training addressing the Awards ceremony at Parliament House. Picture: Irene Dowdy

News | 4 December 2015

Ms Paul is the second-longest serving Secretary and has been a chief executive for 11 years.

“For me, every day of my 11 years as a Secretary has been a privilege,” Ms Paul said.

“In coming to this decision, I want to thank the Prime Minister and Minister Birmingham for their support.

“I am proud of being able to help make a positive difference over the years to the lives of Australians and others in areas so important for our nation’s future such as early childhood, schooling, vocational education, skills and training, higher education, international education, research, science, employment, workforce and workplace relations. I am also proud of the special focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

News | 3 December 2015

Winners were recognised and acknowledged from a variety of unique categories, as well for different school years from primary through to senior secondary. The illustrious National Young Historian award was taken out by Canberran Ineka Voigt for her in-depth research on artist Nora Heyson.  Ineka also won the ACT Young Historian award in 2014.

The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP, Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, was on hand to present a number of awards and he spoke passionately of the high standard of entries received.

“This year’s winning entries explored the theme ‘Leadership and Legacy’ in a wide variety of historical contexts in both Australia and overseas,” Minister Hartsukyer said.

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