SA Business First to Sign up to the $476 Million Industry Skills Fund

Grants are starting to flow through from the Industry Skills Fund (ISF) to businesses across Australia. Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, said the ISF is helping Australian businesses grow and compete in an increasingly global market that will help boost productivity and competitiveness across the economy. “The iconic South Australian ice…

Government targets VET FEE – HELP scammers

Important reforms will be made to the Government’s VET FEE-HELP student loan program to prevent unscrupulous marketers targeting vulnerable Australians and exploiting taxpayers to the tune of billions of dollars. Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham today announced a rolling campaign of legislative and other changes to deal with rogue training providers…

New laws to strengthen VET standards

Legislation will be introduced into Parliament today to further crack down on unscrupulous Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers and improve training quality. Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham said the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment Bill 2015 would: Enable the Australian Government to create new quality standards…

VET FEE-HELP providers under the microscope

Targeted audits of Registered Training Organisations(RTOs) will address allegations of unscrupulous marketing and other practices intended to exploit the Australian Government’s VET FEE-HELP program. Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham said the national regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), would undertake a total of 23 audits of RTOs including of providers…

New Retail Series Launch

An innovative retail training initiative to support employer-led training that focuses on job outcomes will be launched in Melbourne today by the Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Birmingham.  “The New Retail Series is developing ‘fit for purpose’ training and involves employers in the development of qualifications and training requirements,” said Senator Birmingham. “Two…

Local School Embracing Independence

The new $70 million Independent Public School Initiative will help local government schools to become more independent by increasing their own local governance and community and parental engagement.  Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham and Member for Herbert, Ewen Jones, met with the administration team at Townsville’s Hermit Park State School, which…