New International Student Visa Framework a win for VET

Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, has welcomed today’s announcement of a new, simplified international student visa framework (SSVF) to support Australia’s international education sector. “The decision to simplify the international student visa framework is good news for our economy, our local communities and jobs and the vocational education and training (VET)…

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Policy inconsistencies threaten SA Labor’s new international education campaign

A new taxpayer-funded ad campaign to attract international students to South Australia is a welcomed backflip, but the extra funding won't work while domestic policies cripple training providers. “On the one hand Treasurer Koutsantonis says he wants to boost the number of international students in South Australia, while on the other hand his Government has…

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Interview – ABC 891 Adelaide – Ian Henschke

Subject: (International Education and Training) E&OE… IAN HENSCHKE: Simon Birmingham is our guest on the program now, Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Liberal Senator for South Australia, good morning. SIMON BIRMINGHAM: Good morning and good morning to your listeners. IAN HENSCHKE: Now, yesterday on the program we talked about the attraction of international students…

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Strong Training Sector Needed

SA needs a strong and stable training sector if we are to build the sort of skilled workforce which is capable of tackling challenges and opportunities as they arise in years to come. When public and private training  providers are allowed to compete on a level playing field, students have real choice in deciding which institution suits their needs best, based on quality,speciality and…

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First Australian Industry and Skills Committee meeting held

The newly established Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) will hold their inaugural meeting in Melbourne today. Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, will attend today’s meeting and said the Committee is to play a vital role in the Australian Government’s new vocational education and training (VET) model. “This meeting is an…

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