AAT upholds decision to revoke Federal funding from plagued Malek Fahd school

After almost 18 months of uncertainty for the school community, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal has now affirmed my department’s decision to revoke the approval of Malek Fahd Islamic School Limited to receive Federal Government funding.   The Administrative Appeals Tribunal was not satisfied that the school authority is able to satisfy the requirements of the…

Backing Australia’s researchers for the ideas of the future

The Turnbull Government has boosted funding for Australia’s research universities by $76 million as part of the push to drive greater collaboration between researchers and industry and businesses. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Turnbull Government had committed $1.9 billion to R&D and training researchers in 2017, including more than $1 billion…

Labor’s policies drove VET FEE-HELP cost blowouts, student exploitation: Auditor-General

A damning report from the Auditor-General handed down today has further highlighted the former Labor Government’s failures to understand the serious flaws in the design of its student loans scheme for vocational education that lead to billion dollar cost blowouts and unscrupulous training organisations preying on vulnerable students. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham…

Outstanding teachers to help some of Australia’s most vulnerable students

Up to 300 of the country’s top new teachers will start work in some of Australia’s most disadvantaged schools thanks to a $20.5 million grant from the Turnbull Government.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham today announced additional funding for the Teach for Australia (TFA) program which accelerates high achieving university graduates, young…

Uni entry transparency reforms to boost graduate quality

New data on university graduate outcomes and experiences released today is just one element of the Turnbull Government’s comprehensive higher education admissions transparency reforms that the Education Minister has detailed and says will “lift the quality of graduates going into the workforce”. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the new Graduate Outcomes Survey…