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…

Western Australian businesses urged to apply for new Industry Skills Fund

Businesses in Western Australia can now apply for support to boost the skills of their workforce under the Abbott Government’s new $476 million Industry Skills Fund.  “I urge growing Western Australian businesses to access support to upskill or retrain their employees to boost their business productivity and competitiveness,” said Senator Simon Birmingham, Assistant Minister for…

Crack down on rogue training brokers

New standards to combat rogue training brokers and protect prospective students from unscrupulous marketing practices, come into force from today.  Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham said the Australian Government is taking decisive and coordinated action to stop the exploitation of students.  “Stories abound of people being stopped on the…