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 | 5 November 2015
On 05/11/2015 the Minister for Tourism and International Education, Senator Richard Colbeck announced the successful recipients of the Australian Government’s Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships for 2016.
These scholarships will support 500 high achieving international recipients with an opportunity to study in Australia and an additional 198 Australians to further their skills and knowledge overseas while building their international awareness.
Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are internationally competitive and promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia and participating countries around the world.
Applications for the 2017 Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowship round are expected to open in April 2016.
More information can be found on Senator Richard Colbeck’s Media Release...
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 | 21 August 2015
On Friday 21 August 2015, the former Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, announced the release of a free app for parents packed with tips and inspiring ways to be more involved in their child’s learning. It’s for all ages, from the high chair to high school, and it gives you:
- tips and hints
- relevant information tailored to your child’s age
- fun and easy ways to stimulate learning
Download Learning Potential for free from learningpotential.gov.au
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
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 | 2 July 2015
The 2015-16 Skilled Occupations List (SOL) has been released by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The SOL identifies occupations that would benefit from independent skilled migration for the purpose of meeting the medium to long term skill needs of the Australian economy, where such needs may not be more appropriately met by sponsored migration programs or up-skilling Australians.
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
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
The eight winners of the 2015 Simpson Prize, one from each state and territory, are travelling to Gallipoli for the ANZAC Centenary commemorations on 25 April 2015.
Winners and runners-up visited national institutions in Canberra in March 2015. They attended a presentation ceremony at Parliament House on 16 March 2015, where they were presented with medallions and certificates by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson (on behalf of the Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP).
The 2015 Simpson Prize Awards video features comments from some of the students.
For winner and runner-up essays and more information on the 2016 Simpson Prize topic, visit www.simpsonprize.org
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 | 20 March 2015
Today, schools across Australia are participating in the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA). Schools, students, teachers and parents will send a clear and powerful message that bullying and violence are not okay in any situation.
Over 890,000 students from 1950 schools are participating across Australia to collectively support the important message and ‘take a stand’ against bullying and violence in their school community.
Participating schools will run their own activities and proactively strengthen the key message that bullying and violence are not okay at any time or in any situation.
News | 18 March 2015
News | 17 March 2015
The national history contest on the ANZAC tradition for Year 9-10 students attracted a record 2296 entries this year, more than double the number of entries for the 2014 prize.
The winners will travel to Gallipoli in April 2015 for the ANZAC Centenary commemorations.
Students submitted essays or audio visual presentations on the question: To what extent did Australians enlist in 1914 to defend the ‘Mother Country’?
For winner and runner-up essays and more information on the 2016 Simpson Prize topic, visit www.simpsonprize.org.
Simpson Prize Winners
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