Cracking down on crooked child carers

The below opinion piece appeared in The Australian on 11 October 2016: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/family-day-care-rorts-cost-our-childrens-educational-future-dearly/news-story/ff17debda5d83fdc44fbb5a8cbde51bc  Cracking down on crooked child carers Many Australian parents choose family day care for its flexible hours of operation, home-like environment and to keep siblings together. Which is why the rorting of this system by some operators has been so concerning – concerning to…

Giving teachers tools to support students with learning difficulties

A new Turnbull Government-backed initiative will ensure educators around Australia have access to the latest teaching strategies and practical advice on how to support students with learning difficulties. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Turnbull Government’s $341,000 funding to DSF Literacy and Clinical Services in Western Australia would ensure the organisation’s new…

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…