Literacy and numeracy check for all Aussie schools under the Turnbull Government’s quality reforms

The Turnbull Government has announced an expert group of principals, teachers, speech specialists, academics and researchers will progress the staged implementation of a nation-wide phonics assessment and the development of a numeracy check. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the short assessments of year 1 students' literacy and numeracy skills are backed by…

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Labour Force December 2016

Labour force figures released today by the ABS show that seasonally adjusted employment rose by 13,500 in December, to a record high of 11,985,900.  Full-time employment rose by 9,300 in December to stand at 8,176,500. This follows strong increases in full-time employment of 85,700 in the previous two months. Part-time employment increased by 4,200, to…

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New vocational education loan program commences

The Turnbull Government’s new affordable, sustainable and student-focussed vocational education and training student loans program kicked off today – ending Labor’s failed VET FEE-HELP scheme.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the New Year marked the start of a new era for vocational education in Australia, with the VET Student Loans program…

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Ellis all scare, no solution again on child care

Kate Ellis has demonstrated an embarrassing incapacity to understand projections in budget papers, with her scaremongering today on childcare shortages based on data showing projected growth in available places rather than shortages. Under the Turnbull Government over the last two years 150,000 new places have been filled by Australian children, while price growth has been…

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