Schools funding fairness and equity welcomed

The Education Minister Simon Birmingham has welcomed the support of various schooling lobby groups, principals, teachers and parents following the announcement of the Turnbull Government’s plans to ensure all schools were funded fairly and according to need.   Minister Birmingham said he was pleased that so many people had heeded the Prime Minister’s call to…

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True needs-based funding for Australia’s schools

The Turnbull Government will introduce real needs-based school funding, and increase investment as part of a new initiative that will give Australian students the quality education they deserve. The Government will commit an additional $18.6 billion for Australia’s schools over the next decade, starting from 2018. It will be distributed according to a model of…

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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responsible for the Islamic School of Canberra, to inform them that their approval for access to Federal funds has been revoked with effect from 30 June 2017 (end of Term 2).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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