New member, directions for Higher Education Standards Panel

A leading science and technology advocate will join the Higher Education Standards Panel, strengthening its capacity to advise on issues relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.  Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham has reappointed the Chair and members of the Higher Education Standards Panel for a further two year period,…

New initiatives in schools to safeguard our youth

Teachers, students and parents will receive more support to recognise the warning signs of radicalisation and provide appropriate support to at-risk youth in their school communities.  The new measures follow the Review of Initiatives Supporting Youth at Risk of Radicalisation commissioned in May 2015 and the Government’s commitment to provide additional support to schools, families,…

Protecting Indigenous culture and heritage for future generations

The Turnbull Government yesterday passed legislation to set up the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) for the future so it can continue to collect, preserve and promote Australia’s Indigenous culture and heritage. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Bill will help AIATSIS better focus on the management,…

Labor short on detail with a three page ‘schools policy’

Labor has today announced a three-page press release “schools policy” that is short on detail and repeats their previous mistakes in education policy yet spends $37 billion that will drive the budget deficit higher. Many of Labor’s so called ‘reforms’ in relation to teacher quality, increased focus on STEM, engaging with parents and providing record supports for students with disabilities are…

Closing the ‘digital divide’ for disadvantaged students

Australian students from rural, remote, disadvantaged and Indigenous schools stand to benefit from a $6.9 million Turnbull Government initiative to improve digital technologies training for teachers. Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Christopher Pyne and Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham announced the additional funding would provide access to a unique University of…

New STEM app to focus Australia’s youngest students on jobs of the future

The success of a trial teaching pre-schoolers another language has set the standard for the Turnbull Government’s moves to inspire young Australians’ interest in science and technology. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said initial feedback from parents, children and educators on the play-based languages learning apps in the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA)…