Launch of new gravitational wave discovery centre

The Turnbull Government has backed a new Centre for Excellence to support a vital national and international research program into gravitational waves. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham today officially launched the Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery and said the facility will be critical in progressing further collaborative research in this rapidly…

International study and research grants to expand student’s expertise

More than 3400 students and academics will get the opportunity to pursue overseas study and research, thanks to two Turnbull Government initiatives. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham today announced the recipients of the Turnbull Government 2017 Endeavour Mobility Grants and the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships which will provide support to Australian students to…

New initiative to enhance STEM leaders in our schools

The Turnbull Government is backing a new initiative from school principals aimed at enhancing leadership and changing the way Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is taught in our schools. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Turnbull Government’s Principals as STEM Leaders project would strengthen the foundation for greater participation and engagement,…

SES score review terms of reference

The Turnbull Government has released the terms of reference for an independent inquiry into the data and methodology used to determine specific components of Commonwealth funding for non-government schools. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the review of the socio-economic status (SES) score methodology by the National School Resourcing Board would look into…

Focusing research to make a difference

A new Turnbull Government initiative will ensure universities are focused on the impact of the $3.5 billion Australian taxpayers invest in research. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said following the Engagement and Impact Assessment pilot this year, the Turnbull Government and Australian Research Council (ARC) had outlined new measures that focus on the…

Tackling child care fee pressure

Help is on the way for families feeling the hip-pocket pressure of child care fees with the Turnbull Government introducing sweeping reforms and investing an additional $2.5 billion to deliver more support for more families. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said too many families struggle with the costs of rising child care fees…

Flexible literacy pilot funding boost

An innovative pilot program designed to boost remote students’ literacy and numeracy has been backed with a further $4.1 million from the Turnbull Government, following the release of an independent report highlighting its positive impacts. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the additional $4.1 million would extend the Flexible Literacy for Remote Primary…

Islamic School of Canberra internal review decision

Earlier today, my department informed the authority that manages the Islamic School of Canberra that the outcome of the internal review they requested has upheld the original decision to revoke the authority’s approval under the Australian Education Act 2013.   The original decision detailed the department’s concerns about the authority’s governance and financial management arrangements.…