Awards recognise inspiring science teachers

I acknowledge and congratulate two teachers whose work has inspired generations of Australian school students to take an interest in science. Dr Ken Silburn of Casula High School in south-west Sydney was today named the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools.  Mrs Rebecca Johnson of Windaroo State…

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Bringing maths into the real world for students

Australian students will help solve real-world problems to demonstrate the relevance of maths to their lives, communities and future careers, as part of a new project announced today by the Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham. “The Australian Government will provide $6.4 million from the Mathematics by Inquiry initiative to support the Australian…

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Training India’s Trainers

Australian expertise and knowledge will be applied to assist India increase the skills of its workforce through international trainer and assessor courses mapped to Indian standards. Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham tonight told the Australia India Business Council that the first of three pilot courses—a collaboration between Kangan Institute and Indian training…

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Nanny Pilot Programme – Applications Open for Families

Nurses, farmers, police, emergency service employees and other parents who are struggling to match their work hours with conventional childcare options are invited to participate in the Australian Government’s new Nanny Pilot Programme from early 2016. Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham said the pilot will provide subsidised care for about 10,000 children…

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Full force against dodgy providers

There have been serious allegations reported today about the registered training organisation (RTO) Phoenix Institute and broker Education Circle. Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham said he was deeply disturbed about the allegations made and has asked the Department of Education and Training to urgently investigate. “I have asked for my Department…

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Full force against dodgy providers

There have been serious allegations reported today about the registered training organisation (RTO) Phoenix Institute and broker Education Circle. Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham said he was deeply disturbed about the allegations made and has asked the Department of Education and Training to urgently investigate.   “I have asked for my Department…

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