GTA Conference

SIMON BIRMINGHAM: …to direct future qualification frameworks and arrangements to be responsive to those future needs of our economy. We’ve already of course announced the new models in relationship to training package development that will put industry reference committees at the heart of that process and in the next few days I hope to announce…

NEAS Conference Opening Speech

Good morning ladies and gentleman and thank you very much for that welcome it is a pleasure to join you today for the National English Language Training Accreditation Scheme conference 2015, blessedly known as NEAS because the full title in and of itself is a bit like the English language test. It is a delight…

AMEP Forum Launch

Subject: (AMEP Forum Launch) E&OE… SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Good morning ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much for that introduction and welcome to chilly Canberra, it’s nice and warm in here though and I thank you all very much for being here today to participate in this forum, the Adult Migrant English Program forum. It’s a…

Marriage Amendment Bill

 I regret that I am not able to be in the Senate to make a contribution to today’s debate on same-sex marriage, but write this article to ensure my views and position are understood.   The reason for my absence from the Senate is perhaps poignant, as I am taking some short leave following the…

Launch of ACPET Code of Conduct

SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Thank you to the ACPET team, to Mel and the board members and representatives of different companies who are present here today. To our hosts from [indistinct] in education, thank you very much for having us here, and for the showcasing of the wonderful work that you do and that you’ll undertake with…

The Skills for the Job: Ensuring vocational education and training delivers for employees and employers

Speech to Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry  The Skills for the Job: Ensuring vocational education and training delivers for employees and employers Sydney 5 February 2015 I would like to begin by thanking ACCI for not only hosting me today, but for being a strong advocate for training that focuses on job outcomes, and employer-led…

Triennial Assessment Release

Speech to CEDA Triennial Assessment Launch Monday 20 October 2014, Parliament House, Canberra Thank you to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia and National Water Commission for inviting me to introduce the latest triennial assessment of the National Water Initiative. It's great to be here, announcing the latest triennial assessment and talking to you…