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…

Education Minister urges uni students to research options as completion rates dip

The Federal Education and Training Minister has urged students to research where they choose to study if they plan to go to university, as the Turnbull Government today released new data showing university student completion rates have dipped slightly. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said he encouraged the thousands of prospective uni students…

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…