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Skilling Australians Fund

Summary: 

The establishment of the Skilling Australians Fund is a major commitment by the Australian Government to ongoing funding for vocational education and training and it will have a lasting positive impact on skilling Australian workers into the future.

Australian Government Response to the Senate Committee Inquiry Report (2017)

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On 21 March 2017, the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee tabled a report into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform) Bill 2017.

The Government's response to the Senate inquiry into the Omnibus Bill notes the Committee's view that reform to the child care system will result in a fairer and more flexible system where low income families receive more help and subsidies.

Since the Committee tabled its report, the Government has decided not to proceed with the Omnibus Bill. The Child Care Reforms (outlined in Schedule 4 of the Bill) were subsequently passed by the Parliament with some amendments, in another piece of legislation, the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Act 2017.

The Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee's report:

The Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform) Bill 2017 Report

The Australian Government response:

Australian Government response to the Omnibus Bill 2017 Senate Inquiry Report.

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

Review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011

Summary: 

Vocational education and training (VET) plays a vital role in ensuring Australia has the skilled workforce it needs to drive innovation and economic growth. Australia’s economic prosperity depends upon the quality of our VET graduates, the outcomes of the training they receive and their possession of skills employers need.

Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships

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The Australian Government has proposed to introduce new scholarships as part of its policy package to improve access to educational opportunities for regional students. Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships will support 1200 regional and remote students to undertake STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) studies. The scholarships will be for vocational education, undergraduate and postgraduate students (Certificate IV to PhD) and valued at up to $18,000 each.

Quality Schools

Summary: 

The Australian Government's Quality Schools package will make Commonwealth school funding transparent, consistent and needs-based. It will ensure that students with the same need in the same sector will attract the same level of support from the Commonwealth.

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)

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ACARA’s role is to support all Australian governments to deliver the Australian Curriculum, national assessment programs, and to manage the collection, quality assurance and reporting of school information to all Australian governments and the Australian people. All education ministers have agreed to ACARA’s baseline funding  for the 2016-17 to 2019-20 four year period. The Australian Government contributes 50% of this funding as described in the attached ACARA Grant Guidelines

Independent review into regional, rural and remote education

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Country students will be the focus of an independent review into regional, rural and remote education. The review will consider the key challenges and barriers that impact on students’ learning outcomes, including transitions toward, and success regarding, further study, training and employment.

The review will be led by Emeritus Professor John Halsey of Flinders University.

The final report and recommendations will be provided to the Government by the end of 2017.

The review is part of the Turnbull Government’s election commitment to improve the education and preparation of country youth to develop into their best selves and fully participate in the 21st century economy.

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 at the University of Melbourne and Edith Cowan University to:

  • 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 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 Government agencies and other external sources.

The media release announcing the successful ACCSE.

Learning and Teaching

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The Australian Government promotes and supports the enhancement of learning and teaching in eligible higher education institutions through the Australian Awards for University Teaching and Enhancing the Training of Mathematics and Science Teachers Program. From 2018 the Australian Awards for University teaching will be led by Universities Australia.

Grants and Awards

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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.

Vocational Education and Training Reform

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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

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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 instill confidence in users of the sector.

National VET Provider Collection Data Requirements

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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

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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.

Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP)

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Budget

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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.

Grants

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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

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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.

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