Responsible budget savings to fund more affordable child care for Australian families

The Turnbull Government will today introduce legislation to make the Australian child care system more affordable, flexible and accessible for Australian families, while implementing the necessary Budget savings to responsibly fund the reforms. The Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus and Child Care Reform) Bill 2017 introduces the Turnbull Government’s Jobs for Families package, the most…

Just 10 of the reasons Parliament must pass early childhood education and care reforms

Australia’s families know that the early childhood education and care system needs to be completely reformed. When Parliament returns, the Turnbull Government will prioritise passing the savings to pay for our reforms that will give families relief from the out-of-pocket child care cost pressures they face and ensure more children have the opportunity to benefit…

Fast-tracking NSW and Queensland project funding for industry-research collaboration

Making the mining sector more efficient and boosting the strength of railway tracks are among four new research projects in New South Wales and Queensland that the Turnbull Government today announced would be funded to kick off 2017. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Turnbull Government’s $1.875 million commitment for three mining…

Literacy and numeracy check for all Aussie schools under the Turnbull Government’s quality reforms

The Turnbull Government has announced an expert group of principals, teachers, speech specialists, academics and researchers will progress the staged implementation of a nation-wide phonics assessment and the development of a numeracy check. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the short assessments of year 1 students' literacy and numeracy skills are backed by…

Labour Force December 2016

Labour force figures released today by the ABS show that seasonally adjusted employment rose by 13,500 in December, to a record high of 11,985,900.  Full-time employment rose by 9,300 in December to stand at 8,176,500. This follows strong increases in full-time employment of 85,700 in the previous two months. Part-time employment increased by 4,200, to…