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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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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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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New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant Applications Now Open

Today we announce that applications are now open for study, internships, practicums and research in the Indo-Pacific region as part of the 2018 mobility round of the New Colombo Plan. A signature initiative launched by the Coalition Government in 2014, the New Colombo Plan is designed to deepen Australia's relationships in the region through expanding…

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Students investigate Australia’s history

Eight students from across Australia have earned a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Anzac Day commemorative services in France and Belgium after being awarded the prestigious Simpson Prize. Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today presented awards to the winners and runners-up at Parliament House in Canberra. “As a nation we honour the service and sacrifice…

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Labour force February 2017

Labour force figures released today by the ABS show that seasonally adjusted employment fell by 6,400 over the month, to 11,998,800. Despite this fall, employment has risen by 104,600 (or 0.9 per cent) over the year.   Encouragingly, full-time employment increased by 27,100 in February, to 8,158,900, while part-time employment fell by 33,500, to 3,840,000.…

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