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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 studentsfirst.gov.au, bullyingnoway.gov.au and studentwellbeinghub.edu.au.

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).

News | 23 October 2013

Minister for Education Christopher Pyne said he was determined to implement recommendations from the Review of Higher Education Regulation.

“I have today directed the Chief Executive Officer of the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) to simplify the paperwork and deregulate,” Mr Pyne said.

“This includes improving how TEQSA consults with universities and more broadly across the sector.

“The findings of the review confirm my opinion that deregulation can happen across the sector without compromising quality standards.”

View the media release, or for more information on the Review of Higher Education Regulation Report go to the Department of Education website...

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