The increasing costs of higher education

As the PBO acknowledges and as official Government figures show, the costs to taxpayers of higher education have, over recent years, grown dramatically.    Since 2009, with the demand driven system, taxpayer funding for Commonwealth supported places in higher education has increased by 59 per cent as compared to 29 per cent growth in nominal…

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Panel takes submissions on uni entry standards

A panel of experts has begun taking submissions on how to improve the transparency of higher education admissions as the Turnbull Government looks to ensure students have the information they need to make choices about their further studies. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said he has asked the Higher Education Standards Panel to…

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Labor lies on schools #3

Labor’s letter of lies to schools across the country shows that Bill Shorten is wilfully ignoring facts in order to scare students, parents and educators. It is nothing short of a dishonest smear campaign.   “Mr Turnbull’s policy of cutting $30 billion from schools…” – Bill Shorten and Kate Ellis, Letter to schools, 6/4/16  …

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Queensland Labor’s lies and buck passing

Queensland state Labor is the only government in Queensland responsible for hiring or firing teachers. If students are going to miss out, which they should not, it will be because of decisions made by local Education Minister Kate Jones and the Palaszczuk Labor Government.   It is an utter lie to suggest that the Turnbull…

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Malek Fahd Internal Review decision

In May 2015 my department initiated a formal review into six school authorities affiliated with the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) following ongoing concerns about their independence, financial management and governance arrangements. As a result of this review, on 13 November 2015, my department issued a Notice of proposed decision to each of the…

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Labor lies on schools #2

Labor have followed up on yesterday’s lies about school funding, again spouting mistruths about the reality of schools funding arrangements across Australia.   “…things like the national curriculum, things like the national approach to teacher quality, things like the national approach to leadership accreditation, to a whole range of initiatives, would be put in dire…

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Labor lies on schools

Bill Shorten, Chris Bowen and Kate Ellis have today demonstrated that Labor either don't have the faintest idea of how our school education system is structured in Australia or that they are hell-bent on telling lies all the way to the election.     “Malcolm Turnbull has today said that he will abandon school education…

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Roadmap to research readiness

The Turnbull Government has named the group of experts who will map out Australia’s research priorities over the coming decade.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the new Expert Working Group would help set the future direction of national research infrastructure after the Turnbull Government gave the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy…

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Addressing disadvantage in schools

A new report out today has confirmed that despite ever-increasing record levels of funding, the learning gaps of Australian students from different backgrounds continue to grow while our international rankings slip.   Australia’s education spending is at record levels that the OECD acknowledges as above the average yet the Grattan Institute’s Widening Gaps report shows…

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