Dr Michele Bruniges AM

I welcome the appointment of Dr Michele Bruniges AM as the new Secretary of the Department of Education and Training from 4 April 2016.   Dr Bruniges has more than 25 years’ experience in the education sector, from her beginnings as a primary school teacher through to various senior roles in the public service, a…

Teacher test registrations open today

The most significant improvement in teacher education in a generation has taken a major step forward with registrations opening today and the appointment of the administrator for the National Literacy and Numeracy Test. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said registrations for the Turnbull Government’s literacy and numeracy test for new Australian teachers open…

Ellis’ analysis a shambles

Opposition Early Childhood spokesperson Kate Ellis has taken another hit to her credibility on child care after she hitched her wagon to analysis of the Turnbull Government’s child care reforms, analysis that itself admits is incomplete and flawed. “New independent research has revealed that Malcolm Turnbull is spending an extra $3 billion on a child…

School compliance with the Education Act

“In May 2015 my department initiated a formal review into six school authorities affiliated with the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) following ongoing concerns about their independence, financial management and governance arrangements. “As a result of this review, on 13 November 2015, my department issued a Notice of proposed decision to each of the…