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Australian Government Response to the Senate Committee Inquiry Report (2016)

Summary: 

On 10 October 2016, the Senate’s Education and Employment Legislation Committee tabled a report into the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2016, and the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill 2016.

The Government’s response notes the Committee’s view that reform to the child care system contained within the Jobs for Families Child Care Package will provide a simpler, more affordable, accessible and flexible child care system.

The Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee’s report:

Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2016, and the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill 2016

The Australian Government response:

Australian Government Response to the Senate Inquiry Report into the 2016 Jobs for Families Child Care Bill and 2016 Family Payments Reform Bill

For more general information, go to: http://education.gov.au/jobsforfamilies

Australian Government Response to the Senate Committee Inquiry Report (2015)

Summary: 

On 4 April 2016, the Senate’s Education and Employment Legislation Committee tabled a report into the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2015.

The Australian Government’s response conveys the Government’s commitment to providing parents with more choice and opportunity to work, and children with high quality early education. The Government notes the Committee’s view that the Package will target support to those who depend upon it in order to work or work more, as well as recognising the importance of  access to high quality early childhood education and care for children.

The Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee’s report:

Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2015 report.

The Australian Government response:

Australian Government Response to the Senate Inquiry Report into the 2015 Jobs for Families Child Care Package Bill

For more general information, go to: http://education.gov.au/jobsforfamilies

Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence (ACCSE)

Summary: 

The Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence (ACCSE) program is part of Australia’s $230 million Cyber Security Strategy launched by the Prime Minister on 21 April 2016.

The Government has committed $1.9 million over four years (2016-2017 to 2019‑2020) for the establishment of ACCSE in Australian universities to address the nation’s critical shortage of skilled cyber security professionals. The centres will:

  • help build Australia’s capability in cyber security by encouraging more students to undertake studies in cyber security
  • increase the number of highly skilled post-graduates with the job ready skills needed to work in Australian business and government to tackle emerging cyber security challenges
  • provide workforce training that improves cyber security practices through greater awareness, risk management and technical training
  • provide support for research that addresses key cyber security challenges confronting the nation.

It is expected that ACCSE will be self-sustaining with ongoing operations funded through student course fees and fee‑for‑service income, including from Australian Government agencies and other external sources.

Learning and Teaching

Summary: 

The Australian Government promotes and supports the enhancement of learning and teaching in eligible higher education institutions through the Promotion of Excellence in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PELTHE) program and Enhancing the Training of Mathematics and Science Teachers Program. 

2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap

Summary: 

The Australian Government has commissioned the development of the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap to identify Australia’s national research infrastructure priority areas for the coming decade. These priorities will support research and innovation in order to deliver the greatest long-term national benefit and foster strategic international partnerships. The 2016 Roadmap will be provided to Government in February 2017.

Grants and Awards

Summary: 

The Grants and Awards Programme aims to improve outcomes for all Australian students through the provision of advice, information, research and services to the Department of Education and Training.

The Grants and Awards Programme provides funding to organisations for specialised advice and services, to improve the quality of education policies and programmes to better meet the needs of Australian students.

The Grants and Awards Programme currently comprises one sub-programme; the Grants in Aid sub-programme.

Jobs for Families Child Care Package

Summary: 

The Australian Government has committed extra funding to make child care more affordable, more accessible, and more flexible through the Jobs for Families Child Care Package. The Package represents the most significant reform to the early education and care system in 40 years and will better target childcare support to those who want or need to work, or who want to work more. It will give around one million Australian families relief from out-of-pocket child care cost pressures and provide more children with the opportunity to benefit from early education.

Vocational Education and Training Reform

Summary: 

A well-functioning VET system that delivers the skills we need is fundamental to a strong and prosperous economy that delivers the jobs Australian families and industry want.

The Australian Government has embarked on a significant reform of the VET system. The objectives of reform are to improve the quality, job outcomes and status of VET which are necessary for the system to adapt to future skills need.

About the skills sector

Summary: 

Vocational education is central to Australia's economic growth and business productivity. Australia needs a vocational education and training (VET) system that ensures qualifications are designed to provide the skills that employers and industry need now and in the years to come. A strong VET sector will boost the employment outcomes of those completing VET courses and instil confidence in users of the sector.

National VET Provider Collection Data Requirements

Summary: 

National VET Provider Collection Data Requirements Policy

The National VET Provider Collection Data Requirements Policy outlines the requirements for registered training organisations (RTOs) in collecting and reporting their nationally recognised training to the National VET Provider Collection managed by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. The policy makes allowance for full and partial exemptions from reporting training activity in some circumstances.

Closed Skills programmes

Summary: 

The Australian Government has discontinued some skills and training programmes as part of its work to streamline the way skills assistance is provided. Existing customers can access information on closed skills programmes via the following links.

Child Care Payments Compliance Program

Summary: 

The Child Care Payments Compliance Program is focused on protecting the integrity of payments made by the Australian Government to support families accessing quality care and promote compliant behaviour with the Family Assistance Law by approved child care services. This is achieved through three main elements of prevention including education, detection and deterrence.

Early Learning Languages Australia

Summary: 

A key part of the Australian Government’s commitment to supporting language study is the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) Program.  ELLA is a series of interactive applications (apps), aimed at making language learning engaging and interesting to children in preschool. Applications are now open for all eligible preschool services in Australia to join the ELLA Program in 2017.

Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP)

Summary: 

The Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) aims to ensure that Australians from low SES backgrounds who have the ability to study at university have the opportunity to do so. It provides funding to assist universities listed in Table A of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to undertake activities and implement strategies that improve access to undergraduate courses for people from low SES backgrounds, as well as improving the retention and completion rates of those students.

Access and Participation

Summary: 

The department is working to ensure that all people with the desire and capability to attend university have the opportunity to do so, and succeed in their studies, regardless of their background.

The department administers several programs and initiatives to support student access and participation in higher education in Australia.

Funding

Summary: 

Higher education is integral to the long term success of Australia’s intellectual and economic development. 

Qualifications recognition, ESOS framework, Tuition Protection Service

Summary: 

The department provides qualifications recognition services using the Australian Qualifications Framework as a benchmark. It also provides rigorous protection for international students through the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) legislation and the Tuition Protection Service, which is a placement and refund service for international students on student visas affected by a provider closure.

The department’s Reconciliation Action Plan

Summary: 

Opportunity through learning — our vision for education, training and reconciliation.

The Department of Education and Training operates on the principle that Indigenous business is everyone’s business, this means the department is committed to reconciliation and improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the key areas of child care and early childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research.

The Department of Education and Training takes a leadership role in the national effort to achieve the four education-related Council of Australian Governments’ Closing the Gap targets.

Grants

Summary: 

The Department of Education and Training may offer grants to organisations or individuals, to support the Australian Government’s policies and programs on early child care and childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research.

About the Department

Summary: 

The Department of Education and Training is responsible for national policies and programs that help Australians access quality and affordable early child care and childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research.

Budget

Summary: 

Through the annual Australian Government Budget, the Department of Education and Training is allocated funding to deliver policies that help Australians access quality child care, preschool, school education, higher education, skills, training, international education and research.

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