Australia and China strengthen quality assurance of training

Australia and China have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen collaboration on quality assurance for vocational education and training (VET). Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham said assuring the quality of skills training being delivered by Australian providers in China is a key focus for building stronger educational ties in…

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Forging closer education, training ties with China and South Korea

Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham will visit China and Korea from 13 to 18 July to advance Australia’s strong international education ties with both countries. Senator Birmingham said in 2013 more than 35,000 people enrolled with Australian vocational education and training (VET) providers in China, which represents 72 per cent of…

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Recruitment under way for Student Identifiers Registrar

The Australian Government is looking to recruit a Student Identifiers Registrar. Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham said the Student Identifiers Registrar, a statutory office holder, played an important role in overseeing the implementation and management of the Unique Student Identifier (USI) Scheme. “There are approximately three million vocational education and training…

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Interview – Sky News – Monday Politics – Kristina Keneally

Subject: (Greek Economy; Education Funding; Marriage Equality) E&OE… KRISTINA KENEALLY: Tonight we’re joined by Liberal Senator, Simon Birmingham. Of course, he is the Assistant Minister for Education and Training, he joins us out of Canberra, Senator Birmingham, thank you for being on Monday Politics.  SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Good evening Kristina, great to be with you and…

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NCVER Conference

E&OE… SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Well thanks so very much Craig for that introduction, and to NCVER for having me along today. It's wonderful to be with you today, it was particularly wonderful though to start the day enjoying the kind hospitality of Qantas for an extra couple of hours this morning.  So, I loved it so…

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Reducing red tape for Australia’s international VET sector

The draft Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment Bills 2015 released for public consultation today highlights the Australian Government’s commitment to high-quality international vocational education and training (VET). Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham welcomed the consultation, saying the growth in the numbers of international students studying skills training in Australia demonstrated…

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MySkills update helps inform VET consumers

Vocational education and training (VET) students and potential students, their parents, teachers, careers advisers and employers will benefit from new updates to the MySkills website, the national directory of VET organisations and courses. Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham and Federal Member for Lindsay Fiona Scott MP officially launched the next round…

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Interview – Sky News – AM Agenda – Kieran Gilbert

Subject: (The Recognition of Indigenous Australians in the Constitution; Q&A; Recent Polls) E&OE… KIERAN GILBERT: With me this morning, the Assistant Education Minister, Simon Birmingham and Shadow Citizenship Minister, Michelle Rowland. Simon Birmingham, today this conference in Sydney, what do you hope comes out of it? What does the Government comes out of these talks?…

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