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.

News | 13 April 2014

The review looked at the impacts of the demand driven system and whether it is increasing participation, improving access to students from poorer backgrounds and rural and regional areas, and meeting the skill needs of the economy. It explored whether there were any adverse impacts on quality and considered the long-term sustainability of the system.

The reviewers made 19 findings and 17 recommendations, including extending the demand driven system to diplomas, advanced diplomas and associate degrees, and to private universities and non-university higher education providers such as TAFEs.

Read the Review of the Demand Driven Funding System Report.

Minister Pyne’s press release is available on the Minister’s media centre.

Media Release | 10 April 2014

Minister for Education Christopher Pyne recently attended the Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM) conference at the University of South Australia. Mr Pyne shared his vision for higher education, including the delivery of world-class research, teaching and learning. You can read the transcript of Minister Pyne’s address on the Ministers’ Media Centre.

News | 8 April 2014

A delegation of Australian government officials and research sector representatives participated in the second International Congerence on Research Infrastructures 2014 held in Athens on 2-4 April 2014. About 600 international participants attended the conference to discuss global research infrastructures. Recommendations from the conference will assist in coordinating international cooperation on research infrastructure initiatives.

Find out more about the Second International Conference on Research Infrastructures.

News | 8 April 2014

Australia’s delegate to the OECD Global Science Forum (GSF), attended the 30th GSF meeting held at OECD headquarters in Paris on 10-11 April 2014. The delegate is also a member of the GSF Bureau, a subgroup of delegates that provide management oversight of the GSF. The GSF Bureau met on 9 April, also in Paris.

News | 8 April 2014

The Third Plenary of the Research Data Alliance, took place in Dublin, Ireland, from 26-28 March 2014. The  global non-government initiative was founded by Australia, the United States and the European Union and its purpose is to enhance research data sharing.

Find out more about the Third Plenary of the Research Data Alliance.

News | 21 March 2014

More than 900,000 students from over 2,000 schools across Australia will take part in the day which seeks to promote the anti-bullying message.

The Australian Government has encouraged parents to take the opportunity to talk to their children and let them know that bullying has no place in our schools.

Minister Pyne and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan also today launched the third phase of the Safe Schools Hub, an online resource designed to provide the whole school community, including parents, with information about supporting a safe school culture.

More information to help parents talk to their children about bullying is available from, and

News | 20 March 2014

The eight young Australian winners will travel to Gallipoli for this year’s Anzac Day commemorations. Mr Pyne congratulated the students on the quality of their ANZAC-inspired essays.

The Simpson Prize is funded through the Australian Government’s Civics and Citizenship Education programme, with $190,000 provided for this year’s prize and a further $190,000 committed for next year’s prize.

Read more about this year’s winners and runners-up and entries are already open for the 2015 Simpson Prize.

News | 6 February 2014

This year, following a successful Department of Education hosted delegation visit of 17 members from the EU in 2013, an International Conference for Research Infrastructure 2014 will be held in Athens on 2–4 April.

The Conference — co-organised by the European Commission and Greece under the Presidency of the EU — will be another opportunity to broaden international discussion of important issues in research infrastructure. These issues were discussed during the successful EU delegation visit, which was an excellent regional preparatory event ahead of the conference.

You can find out more about the European Union–Australia research infrastructure relationship and about the International Conference for Research Infrastructure 2014.

News | 3 February 2014

To complement the initiative, the Australian Government has also released a Guide for parents on school boards and school councils to help parents and carers get involved in the governance of their children’s school.

Further information about Independent Public Schools and the Guide for Parents on School Boards and School Councils is available.

News | 10 January 2014

The review will evaluate the robustness, independence and balance of the Australian Curriculum by looking at both the development process and content.

More information is available on the Students First website.

You can also find Minister Pyne’s media release on the Ministers’ Media Centre.

News | 10 January 2014

Students First brings together information about the Australian Government’s education agenda with a focus on the central themes of quality teaching, a robust curriculum, principal autonomy and parental engagement.

More information is available on the Students First website.

News | 11 December 2013

“At its heart, the New Colombo Plan is an education initiative that allows the building of relationships through the experience of attending university in a different country,” Mr Pyne said.

The Department of Education is working closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to deliver the scholarships and student mobility grants and loans which are at the heart of the New Colombo Plan.

View the media release, or more information on the New Colombo Plan.

News | 8 November 2013

Australia's research and innovation sector will receive a $522 million boost with Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne today announcing 1177 new research projects funded by the Australia Research Council (ARC).

The funding has been announced as part of the ARC’s Future Fellowships scheme (commencing 2013) and major grants scheme (commencing 2014).