Young leaders to help shape future of Commonwealth

Joint release with Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop    Two outstanding young Australians will travel to the United Kingdom to ensure the voice of Australian youth is heard on the global stage. Ms Tamara Richardson and Mr Jerome De Vera will represent Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Youth Forum in London in April. They…

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STEM program sets preschoolers for jobs of the future

Thousands of prechoolers across Australia are set for a science and maths skills boost as part of a new Turnbull Government program.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said a pilot of the $6 million Early Learning STEM Australia program launching this week would see 4,000 children across 100 preschools learn science, technology,…

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Labor’s schools special deals confirmed

Tanya Plibersek has today confirmed that in government, Labor would replicate the schools funding arrangements Julia Gillard left behind that were purely based on special deals for state governments and school sectors.   Samantha Maiden: …I’m not sure that I understand. You won’t be providing them with some sort of lump sum, you will pick…

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Securing the future of Australia’s higher education system

The Turnbull Government has welcomed the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee’s report into the Student Loan Sustainability Bill 2018 and its recommendation that it be passed through Parliament.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the passage of the Bill through Parliament was vital to ensuring the long-term sustainability of Australia’s world-class…

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Strengthening ASEAN-Australia education exchange

Joint release with Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop Today at the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, we announced ways to deepen the engagement between the future leaders of Australia and the ASEAN region. Australia is committed to practical and meaningful partnerships with the ASEAN region. These initiatives will build on our flagship education programs and enable…

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Students take a stand against bullying

A record number of schools across Australia will take a stand against bullying today, with almost two million students set to participate in the country’s key annual anti-bullying event.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said 1.88 million students across 4,355 schools had signed on to take part in National Day of Action…

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800 scholarships for South Australian students

The Turnbull Government has so far offered 803 South Australians scholarships worth up to $17,500 each to skill up for the workforce.   Minister for Education and Training and Senator for South Australia Simon Birmingham said the Commonwealth Scholarships Program for South Australia offered $24 million for 1,200 scholarships for students undertaking training from Certificate…

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Closing of child care subsidy loophole reaping rewards

New figures show the Turnbull Government’s crackdown on dodgy family day care providers rorting the Grandparents Child Care Benefit (GCCB) has saved taxpayers more than $100 million.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the crackdown had removed dodgy family day care providers from the system and safeguarded legitimate operators and the families…

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