South Australia signs up to funding for preschool programmes

South Australia is the first state to sign up to the Turnbull Government’s National Partnership on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education, unlocking federal funding for quality preschool programmes nationally. Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham said South Australia’s decision to join the National Partnership gives certainty to local parents about their children’s…

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Better access to student loans for New Zealand citizens in Australia

The Parliament today passed legislation to extend access to student loans to eligible New Zealand citizens who have been long-term residents of Australia since childhood. Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham said it made “perfect sense” for New Zealanders who grew up as children in Australia to receive the same higher education support…

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Speech: Deakin University

E&OE… Simon Birmingham: Thank you- thank you very much Professor Jane den Hollander, vice-Chancellor of Deakin University and to David Morgan, the Chancellor for leadership at Deakin University. Ladies and gentlemen it’s wonderful to be with you all, can I acknowledge also [indistinct] to thank you for your welcome to country on behalf of the…

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