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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.

News | 20 April 2015

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

Links to the public submissions are available on the Department’s submission page.

News | 20 April 2015

The results of the survey present a positive snapshot of the experiences of international students who have chosen to study in Australia.

Presently Australia is the fifth most popular international study destination behind the USA, UK, Germany and France. The top reasons for choosing Australia, identified as important or very important by over 90% of higher education student respondents, were:

News | 12 March 2015

The Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, today announced the Government will deliver a rolling campaign of legislative and other changes this year to deal with rogue training providers and better protect students taking out VET FEE-HELP loans.

The new measures will:

  • Stop training providers from offering incentives to students, like cash and laptops, to get them to sign up to courses that they don’t need

  • Stop marketing agents and brokers ‘freelancing’ to sign up as many students as possible, without being covered by any regulator

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 | 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.

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