Young Historian of the Year 2016

An outstanding essay about Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira has delivered New South Wales student Rachel Wang the prestigious 2016 National Young Historian of the Year Award. Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, presented the Year 9 MLC School, Burwood student with $1000 and a plaque at the National History Challenge awards ceremony at Parliament…

New languages, national rollout to encourage lifelong language learning

Every Australian pre-schooler will have the opportunity to learn a foreign language as the Turnbull Government announced that applications for the popular Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program were open to all Australian preschools. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said in addition to the national roll out of the current five languages, the…

One millionth student visits Canberra

The one millionth Australian school student has visited Capitol Hill in Canberra with the support of the Australian Government’s Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) program. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham today met students from St Francis de Sales College in Mount Barker, South Australia to help mark the major milestone. Minister Birmingham…

Developing the next generation of cyber security professionals

The Government will improve Australia’s cyber security by delivering world-leading cyber education and research. Education Minister Simon Birmingham and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security Dan Tehan today announced approval for the Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence. Cyber security skills are fundamental to Australia’s capability in a connected, technology-enabled world. The centres…

Action to improve Australia’s research training system

The Turnbull Government has accepted all six recommendations made by the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) to improve Australia’s research training system. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham and the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Greg Hunt said the review found improvements should be made to ensure Australia’s research training system remains…