AEU’s own goal with school funding calculations

For many decades the Federal Government has been the primary government funder of non-government schools in Australia, while states and territories fund 85 per cent of government schools. This is a long established fact and for the Australian Education Union to express surprise or alarm at this ongoing trend is disingenuous at best.   The…

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QS World University Rankings

After the strong results in the recent Academic Rankings of World Universities I offer my congratulations to Australia’s universities which have once again shone on the world stage in the QS World University Rankings, particularly with their consistently-improving research performance rankings.   While there have been some mixed results, they highlight the competitiveness of international…

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New woodworking centre for Temple Christian College

Students at Adelaide’s Temple Christian College can now hone their skills at a state-of-the-art advanced woodworking centre with high-tech tools and equipment. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham, said the new facilities at the Mile End campus were funded with a $256,000 Australian Government grant. “It was great to visit Temple Christian College to…

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2017 New Colombo Plan mobility grants

Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, and Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, today announced the successful applicants for grants under the 2017 New Colombo Plan mobility program. More than 7,400 Australian undergraduate students will live, study and take up internships in countries throughout the Indo-Pacific region next…

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Paying for Australia’s child care reforms

The Turnbull Government has introduced legislation to the 45th Parliament for early childhood education and care reforms that will benefit around one million Australians.  Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Coalition had put in the time to consult with parents, families and child care providers on its child care package and listened…

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Clearer information needed to improve student choice

Clearer information and greater transparency are a step closer for Australians looking to go on to higher education after the Turnbull Government’s panel of education experts today released the 82 submissions it had received into reforming higher education admissions processes. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the submissions to the Higher Education Standards…

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New report highlights importance of teacher education reform

The Australian Council of Educational Research’s new report today on ‘out of field’ teaching highlights the need for policymakers to focus on initiatives that improve teacher education, teaching quality and ultimately boost outcomes for students. The Turnbull Government is focused on supporting a lift in teaching quality through our Student Achievement Plan by setting recruitment…

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A commitment to quality in child care and early learning

Children in child care and early learning will benefit from a $61.1 million funding injection from the Turnbull Government to boost service quality.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the funding would support states and territories with their regulation and accreditation responsibilities and would flow now that all states and territories have…

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