International report highlights strength of Australian education

A new report from leading international researchers highlights that appropriate levels of funding are important for good student performance, but what’s more important is how that funding is used. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the OECD’s 2016 Education at a Glance report highlighted that Australia has a world-class education system with world-leading…

Turnbull Government to boost powers of child care ‘compliance cops’

The Turnbull Government will this week introduce a raft of new compliance measures to crackdown on child care service fraud and abuses.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Turnbull Government will this week introduce strengthened compliance and integrity measures in a “win-win” to protect both children and taxpayers. Minister Birmingham said…

New figures highlight support for disadvantaged higher education students

New Federal Government data has shown significant increases across recent years in the number of higher education students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including those from regional and rural Australia, Indigenous students and those from low SES areas.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the 2015 higher education student data showed the number of…

QS World University Rankings

After the strong results in the recent Academic Rankings of World Universities I offer my congratulations to Australia’s universities which have once again shone on the world stage in the QS World University Rankings, particularly with their consistently-improving research performance rankings.   While there have been some mixed results, they highlight the competitiveness of international…