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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A faster, safer commute for Mount Barker motorists

Today marks the official opening of the Mount Barker freeway interchange – improving access, safety, and travel times for tens of thousands of people in the rapidly developing region of South Australia. Senator for South Australia Simon Birmingham said the project was the number one infrastructure priority in the Mt Barker region and will significantly…

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Turnbull Government invests $10 million to get science, technology, engineering and maths into classrooms

As part of National Science Week, the Turnbull Government will provide $10 million for CSIRO to extend the Scientist and Mathematicians in Schools programme. The programme links practising scientists, mathematicians, engineers and IT professionals with classroom teachers and their students.    “The Turnbull Government is focused on inspiring the next generation of young Australians to…

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Keeping pressure on child care prices

The latest data from the early education and care sector shows the Turnbull Government has continued the downward trend in child care price increases.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said new departmental data showed average child care hourly fees grew by 5.2 per cent in the year to September 2015, well-below the…

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NAPLAN results: Plateau not good enough

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham has called on schools, families and education experts to focus on evidence-based measures to lift student achievement in the face of flat results from the 2016 NAPLAN tests. “We need to focus on evidence based measures that will get results for our students because today’s results once again…

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