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…

New figures highlight support for disadvantaged higher education students

New Federal Government data has shown significant increases across recent years in the number of higher education students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including those from regional and rural Australia, Indigenous students and those from low SES areas.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the 2015 higher education student data showed the number of…

QS World University Rankings

After the strong results in the recent Academic Rankings of World Universities I offer my congratulations to Australia’s universities which have once again shone on the world stage in the QS World University Rankings, particularly with their consistently-improving research performance rankings.   While there have been some mixed results, they highlight the competitiveness of international…

2017 New Colombo Plan mobility grants

Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, and Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, today announced the successful applicants for grants under the 2017 New Colombo Plan mobility program. More than 7,400 Australian undergraduate students will live, study and take up internships in countries throughout the Indo-Pacific region next…

Clearer information needed to improve student choice

Clearer information and greater transparency are a step closer for Australians looking to go on to higher education after the Turnbull Government’s panel of education experts today released the 82 submissions it had received into reforming higher education admissions processes. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the submissions to the Higher Education Standards…