Academic cyber centres to tackle critical skills shortage

The Turnbull Government will boost Australia’s cyber security defences through up-skilling our domestic workforce and address the critical shortage of skilled cyber security professionals. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security Dan Tehan said two of Australia’s leading universities, University of Melbourne and Edith Cowan University,…

Education Legislation Amendment (Provider Integrity & Other Measures) Bill 2017

The Turnbull Government will today introduce new legislation to stop dodgy former training providers admitted to Labor’s failed VET FEE-HELP scheme from infecting the higher education and international sectors. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the new legislation would “keep the gate shut” on rorters and shonks that may be trying to move…

ACCC vs Acquire judgement

I welcome the Federal Court’s judgement today that Acquire, in relation to selected students, engaged in conduct that was unconscionable, made false or misleading representations and failed to comply with the provisions of the Australian Consumer Law relating to unsolicited consumer agreements. This reinforces the Turnbull Government’s strong approach to fix Labor’s failed VET FEE-HELP…

One step closer for Gonski funding plan

The Turnbull Government’s schools funding plan has passed the House of Representatives despite the hypocritical opposition of all Labor members to Gonski needs-based funding.  Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017 would deliver an extra $18.6 billion of needs-based funding – from current record levels – to Australia’s…

Labor turns its back on Gonski

The Labor Party has abandoned needs-based funding and the principles of the Gonski Review that they lauded until it was no longer politically expedient.   I am disappointed but not surprised that Bill Shorten and Tanya Plibersek have chosen to play politics with this issue rather than to back the 9,000 schools that stand to…