New campaign to tackle orphanage tourism

Joint media release with Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop The Australian Government is launching a new campaign to prevent Australians from inadvertently contributing to child exploitation through the practice of orphanage tourism, including by participating in misleading volunteer programs. The Smart Volunteering Campaign discourages Australians from any form of short-term, unskilled volunteering in overseas…

$47 million for Early Childhood Early Intervention Services in South Australia

Children in South Australia will benefit from early intervention to address developmental delay or disability.   Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan today announced $47 million in Early Childhood and Early Intervention (ECEI) services from the Turnbull Government would be provided through the South Australian Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) across the state…

TEQSA board reappointments

The Turnbull Government has reappointed the board of Australia’s independent national quality assurance and regulatory agency for higher education. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said Chief Commissioner Professor Nicholas Saunders AO, Dr Linley Martin and Professor Clifford Walsh have had their terms at the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) extended. “I…

Senator Lucy Gichuhi

South Australia’s Liberal Senate team warmly welcomes Senator Lucy Gichuhi as a Liberal Party colleague.   Senator Gichuhi is a well-respected member of the Upper House and is already known for her thoughtful advocacy, strong community connections and defence of individual liberty and choice.   As Senator Gichuhi highlighted in her maiden speech, “Australia is…

Preschool funding boost

The Turnbull Government has locked in a $440 million funding boost for preschool education and is urging states to boost the enrolment and attendance rates of preschoolers in early learning.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the extra funding would extend the National Partnership on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education into…

Greater recognition of higher education qualifications in the Asia-Pacific

A ground-breaking agreement will make it easier for Australian higher education qualifications to be recognised across the Asia-Pacific, with the Tokyo Convention taking effect from today. Japan and South Korea have signed on to the Convention, joining Australia, China and New Zealand in supporting the mobility of students, academics, researchers and other professionals across the…