TEQSA board reappointments

The Turnbull Government has reappointed the board of Australia’s independent national quality assurance and regulatory agency for higher education. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said Chief Commissioner Professor Nicholas Saunders AO, Dr Linley Martin and Professor Clifford Walsh have had their terms at the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) extended. “I…

Senator Lucy Gichuhi

South Australia’s Liberal Senate team warmly welcomes Senator Lucy Gichuhi as a Liberal Party colleague.   Senator Gichuhi is a well-respected member of the Upper House and is already known for her thoughtful advocacy, strong community connections and defence of individual liberty and choice.   As Senator Gichuhi highlighted in her maiden speech, “Australia is…

Preschool funding boost

The Turnbull Government has locked in a $440 million funding boost for preschool education and is urging states to boost the enrolment and attendance rates of preschoolers in early learning.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the extra funding would extend the National Partnership on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education into…

Greater recognition of higher education qualifications in the Asia-Pacific

A ground-breaking agreement will make it easier for Australian higher education qualifications to be recognised across the Asia-Pacific, with the Tokyo Convention taking effect from today. Japan and South Korea have signed on to the Convention, joining Australia, China and New Zealand in supporting the mobility of students, academics, researchers and other professionals across the…

UTAS relocation given the green light

Joint release between the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham and Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher The Turnbull Government will drive jobs and economic revitalisation in Launceston through the game-changing relocation of the University of Tasmania’s main campus to Central Business District. With the Commonwealth funding agreement…

Child care fee relief on its way

Record numbers of Australian children are in early education and care as child care fee growth has slowed, new figures from the Department of Education and Training show. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the 3.1 per cent increase in the numbers of children attending approved early education and care services between the…