New CEO of the Australian Research Council

Professor Sue Thomas has been appointed to serve as the new CEO of the Australian Research Council (ARC). Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said Professor Thomas would play an important role in shaping the future of Australian research and delivering on the Turnbull Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). “I’m pleased that…

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Islamic School of Canberra

“Today, my department has written to the school authority responsible for the Islamic School of Canberra, to inform them that their approval for access to Federal funds has been revoked with effect from 30 June 2017 (end of Term 2).  “This means that the Islamic School of Canberra will no longer be receiving Australian Government…

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Australia and India take action for stronger education partnership

India has pledged to work with the Australian Government, universities and vocational education trainers to establish themselves in India following a successful two-day mission that has also delivered key advancements on ‘train the trainer’ course offerings and research collaboration. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Turnbull Government had secured important progress on…

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St Mary MacKillop Centre opened at Xavier College

South Australian Senator and federal Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham today officially opened the new St Mary MacKillop Centre at Xavier College in the Barossa. Students and staff at Xavier College now have full use of their new facilities which includes a Resource Centre, Student Hub and three flexible teaching and learning spaces…

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Parliament passes VET Ombudsman legislation

The Turnbull Government’s new VET Ombudsman will commence work from 1 July 2017 after legislation passed Parliament today to build on strong protections for students set up because of Labor’s failed VET FEE-HELP scheme. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the new VET Student Loans Ombudsman would be able to investigate and resolve…

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Strengthening skills and training ties with China

Australia and China have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen collaboration on skills and vocational education and training (VET), during a visit to Australia by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the agreement he signed today with Chinese Ambassador to Australia, Mr Cheng Jingye, witnessed by Prime…

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Child care cost relief on the way for families

The Turnbull Government’s early childhood education and care reforms have passed the Senate and will deliver more affordable, accessible and flexible services for families. The Jobs for Families legislation will encourage people into the workforce and tackle rising child care fees and expenses while also supporting early learning opportunities for children. Our reforms and additional…

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