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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 and Training, 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 | 7 December 2015

The Government has committed to the following initiatives in the Education and Training portfolio as part of the agenda:

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.

News | 25 November 2015

From 1 January 2016, all children under the age of 20 must be up-to-date with their immunisations, on a catch up schedule or have a medical exemption in order to continue receiving the Child Care Benefit (CCB), Child Care Rebate (CCR) and the Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A Supplement payment.

Vaccination objections on the basis of personal or philosophical beliefs will no longer be a valid immunisation exemption for these family payments.

Exemptions will still apply for children with medical contraindications or natural immunity who have been assessed by a general practitioner.

News | 20 November 2015

The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP, Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, provided a keynote address at the presentation dinner.

Minister Hartsuyker

“All the award finalists have achieved amazing things thanks to VET, and are helping build a highly skilled workforce to help our nation remain competitive into the future, ” Minister Hartsuyker told over 700 guests at the presentation dinner. View the Minister’s media release.

News | 9 November 2015

Australians living overseas who have a Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) debt or Trade Support Loan (TSL) will have the same repayment obligations as people living in Australia, following the passage through Parliament of overseas debt recovery legislation.

Until now, people who took out a HELP or TSL loan and moved overseas were under no obligation to repay their debt as long as they remained offshore residents. Now, anyone who has a HELP or TSL debt, who earns above the minimum repayment threshold ($54,126 in 2015-16), will repay their debt regardless of where they live.

News | 28 October 2015

The department has released a paper which summarises major reviews of higher education funding policy over the past 25 years.

The paper surveys the findings of the 1988 Dawkins’ White Paper through to the 2014 Kemp-Norton Review of the Demand Driven Funding System. It also canvasses international developments.

It shows that successive Australian governments have faced similar challenges in ensuring higher education funding is fair, sustainable and able to meet the increasing demand for high level skills in our economy.

Minister Birmingham’s media release is available on the Minister’s media centre.

News | 9 October 2015

The Department of Education and Training is committed to reconciliation and is proud to support Narragunnawali. This commitment is outlined in the department’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2014-2017.

An online RAP Developer has been developed to guide schools and early learning service through the process of developing a RAP.

For more information see the Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in schools and early learning programme page.

News | 11 August 2015

This independent technical report on the status of the NCRIS eResearch capability examines a range of questions concerning the development of NCRIS eResearch infrastructure from 2006 to 2014. The report was commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training in the second half of 2014. The infrastructure built and implemented over the period of this review encompasses Australian Government investment amounting to over $430 million under NCRIS.

Since 2006 there has been unprecedented, in scale and intent, investment in national eResearch infrastructure under NCRIS. The intent and approach have been highly innovative, shaped by a strategic approach to research support in which the critical element has been collaboration. The innovative paths built by NCRIS projects have led to important and creative initiatives and activity, which in turn have driven new research and fields of discovery.

News | 8 July 2015

The AMEP Evaluation found that whilst AMEP is a valued programme that has provided many new migrants with the English language skills they need to settle successfully in Australia, there are a number of potential areas for reform or further investigation.

The community consultations will be held in various locations nationally, with a webinar available for stakeholders unable to attend face-to-face. They draw on recommendations within the evaluation report to explore areas of possible reform to ensure AMEP contributes to the broader Australian Government policy objectives relating to employment, settlement and migration.

More information on the community consultations including locations, dates and registrations is available here.

News | 7 July 2015

The My Skills website is the national directory of vocational education and training (VET) organisations and courses. The update continues to improve and evolve the website into a sophisticated and useful tool for students, training organisations and employers.

The updates improve the display of existing information, as well as adding some key new features such as:

News | 7 July 2015

Terms of Reference
Review of Research Policy and Funding Arrangements

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As part of its Boosting the Commercial Returns from Research strategy, the Government has committed to an Agenda for Action that includes a range of actions to enhance the contribution of research in universities and industry to building Australia’s capacity for innovation, productivity and growth, including:

News | 7 July 2015

Education institutions, peak bodies and all other interested stakeholders are encouraged to comment on the exposure draft by written submission.  The exposure drafts and a template for providing a submission are available here. Submissions must be in the form set out by the template.

The proposed amendments will streamline the ESOS framework by reducing compliance and reporting burdens on education institutions, and ensuring that registration processes across Australia’s education frameworks, both international and domestic, work effectively and cohesively.

Other changes seek to minimise unnecessary reporting and administrative requirements.

News | 1 July 2015

The Australian Government is investing up to $200 million annually in the Apprenticeship Network which will operate from more than 420 locations nationwide from 1 July 2015. Read the announcement by Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham or visit the Australian Apprenticeships website for more information.

News | 24 June 2015

Professor (Emeritus) Sally Walker AM conducted the review.  Professor Walker is a distinguished lawyer and a highly experienced and respected university administrator, having served as Vice-Chancellor and President of Deakin University from 2003 – 2010 and before that Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne.

The review found that the ANU is a highly successful university, consistently ranking among the top universities in Australia and the world, and that there is much about the governance of the ANU that is exemplary.

The review report makes 29 recommendations aimed at further strengthening the university’s governance arrangements and ensuring that its legislative arrangements will allow the Council to govern effectively into the future.

The Government is considering Professor Walker’s recommendations as it works towards ensuring that the ANU is a standard bearer for governance in the Australian higher education...

News | 12 May 2015

To find out what this means for education and training, visit the Budget 2015‑16 section of the website.

News | 8 May 2015

Ministers from across the country came together at the William Angliss Institute in Melbourne to continue the dialogue on the skills reform agenda agreed in April 2014. More information can be found here:

News | 8 May 2015

The establishment of the Committee delivers on the commitment made by Commonwealth and state and territory skills ministers last year to streamline governance arrangements and put industry at the centre of the vocational education and training (VET) system. The new Committee will provide advice to governments on VET policy and give industry a stronger voice in the vocational education and training system, to help ensure it is efficient and effective in delivering the job-ready workers that industry needs. It will take on some of the work of the dissolved National Skills Standards Council.

News | 27 April 2015

The Apprenticeship Network will make it easier for employers to recruit, train and retain apprentices and trainees with the ultimate aim of improving Australian Apprenticeships completion rates.

The Apprenticeship Network introduces innovative new targeted services which will deliver tailored advice and support to Australian Apprentices and employers who need additional assistance prior to sign-up and in-training.

Employers will receive more efficient help in navigating the apprenticeships system while individuals will be better assisted to complete their training.

Improving completion rates means more Australians will get to realise the full benefits of an apprenticeship, and the rewarding careers that come as a result.

News | 21 April 2015

On 21 April 2015, the Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, announced the new model for Training Product Development for Australian Industry.

This new model demonstrates the Government’s commitment to training that is high quality and that delivers real skills for jobs. It is also further evidence of the Government’s commitment to industry leadership and smaller government.

To support Australia’s economic prosperity, the national training system needs to be more responsive to industry need and flexible for employers of all sizes and across all sectors.

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