National Awards for University Teachers 2016

An innovative approach to teaching STEM subjects saw Flinders University lecturer Associate Professor Karen Burke da Silva take top honours at the Australian Awards for University Teaching tonight in Canberra. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Awards recognise university teachers who are constantly seeking out ways to build on success, improve their…

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Reforms to turnaround maths, science decline

A new international report has again highlighted the importance of reforms to lift the performance of Australian schools in maths and science. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) shows Australia has fallen by as much as 10 places as measured against students in other…

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Young Historian of the Year 2016

An outstanding essay about Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira has delivered New South Wales student Rachel Wang the prestigious 2016 National Young Historian of the Year Award. Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, presented the Year 9 MLC School, Burwood student with $1000 and a plaque at the National History Challenge awards ceremony at Parliament…

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Family Day Care verdict puts rorters on notice

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham says Family Day Care fraudsters are “on notice” after a New South Wales District Court jury’s verdict late yesterday against Melissa Jade Higgins. Minister Birmingham said the verdict highlights the Government’s determination to crackdown on people rorting the family day care system.  Ms Higgins, the sole director of Aussie Giggles…

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One millionth student visits Canberra

The one millionth Australian school student has visited Capitol Hill in Canberra with the support of the Australian Government’s Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) program. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham today met students from St Francis de Sales College in Mount Barker, South Australia to help mark the major milestone. Minister Birmingham…

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Developing the next generation of cyber security professionals

The Government will improve Australia’s cyber security by delivering world-leading cyber education and research. Education Minister Simon Birmingham and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security Dan Tehan today announced approval for the Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence. Cyber security skills are fundamental to Australia’s capability in a connected, technology-enabled world. The centres…

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Action to improve Australia’s research training system

The Turnbull Government has accepted all six recommendations made by the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) to improve Australia’s research training system. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham and the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Greg Hunt said the review found improvements should be made to ensure Australia’s research training system remains…

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International study grants to build Australia’s future prosperity

More than 3000 students, professionals and researchers will get funding from the Turnbull Government to pursue overseas learning and research opportunities next year.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham today announced the recipients of the Turnbull Government’s 2017 Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships and Endeavour Mobility Grants which provide opportunities for Australians to undertake…

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