AFP operation to crack down on family day care fraud

On Thursday, 3 May, the Australian Federal Police, acting on information provided by the Department of Education and Training, conducted a search warrant in Lakemba and Kellyville in Sydney (NSW).   The AFP have confirmed two people have been charged with offences following an investigation into alleged fraudulent family day care payment claims.   This…

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Wide support for reforming Australia’s education system

The release of a landmark report to transform Australia’s education system has been recognised for its strong focus on enhancing the learning outcomes of school students. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said he welcomed the support for the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools and its blueprint for change for school…

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A blueprint for education success

Joint media release with the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull    The Federal Government has released a landmark report on Australia’s schooling system and accepted its recommendations in principle.   The Government commissioned Mr David Gonski AC to undertake the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools alongside a panel of seven eminent education and…

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Connected Beginnings delivering results in Alice Springs

Families in Alice Springs are benefiting from the Turnbull Government’s community based Connected Beginnings program, which connects health care, early childhood education and family support services to give local children the best possible start in life.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham and Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion will be in Alice…

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Backing early learning and care for disadvantaged families

Thousands of families across regional and remote Australia and Indigenous communities are set for more support to access early childhood education and care as part of sweeping reforms from the Turnbull Government.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Turnbull Government’s child care and early learning overhaul included a $271 million Community…

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Test ensuring teaching is up to scratch

Results from a test of potential new teachers’ literacy and numeracy skills shows the overwhelmingly majority have the high level of skills we require for them to enter the classroom.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said more than 23,000 teaching students sat the Turnbull Government’s Literacy and Numeracy Test last year to…

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International education continues record-breaking run

The number of international students taking advantage of Australia’s world-leading education system has already broken through the half-a-million mark for 2018, according to new government statistics.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said for the first time this early in the year, the data showed international student numbers had grown 12 per cent…

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Estimate your child care subsidy and make the switch

Australian families can calculate their new child care and early learning subsidies after the Turnbull Government re-launched its online estimator with updated Consumer Price Index figures.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the updated estimator should remind families they need to update their details to switchover to the Turnbull Government’s new child…

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