NORTHERN TERRITORY CONSULTED ON VOCATIONAL

The third of eight face-to-face consultations about the future of Vocational Education and Training (VET) is being held in Darwin today. Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, will be joined by Natasha Griggs, Member for Solomon for today’s round of consultations. “Our government is embarking upon an ambitious program of VET reform…

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Crack down on rogue training brokers

New standards to combat rogue training brokers and protect prospective students from unscrupulous marketing practices, come into force from today.  Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham said the Australian Government is taking decisive and coordinated action to stop the exploitation of students.  “Stories abound of people being stopped on the…

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Victoria consulted on Vocational Education & Training

The Victorian training sector will be the first in the nation to have their say about the future of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in face-to-face consultations led by the new Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, in Melbourne today. “Our government is embarking upon an ambitious program of VET reform to lift the quality of…

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Tasmania consulted on Vocational Education & Training

The second of eight face-to-face consultations about the future of Vocational Education and Training (VET) is being held in Hobart today, led by the new Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham. “Our government is embarking upon an ambitious program of VET reform to lift the quality of both training providers and their…

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Applications open for new $476 million skills fund

Australian businesses can now apply for support to boost the skills of their workforce under the Abbott Government’s new $476 million Industry Skills Fund.  Assistant Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Fund, which will provide up to 200,000 training places and skills advice for businesses over the next four years, was a…

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SA businesses urged to apply for Industry Skills Fund

Australian businesses can now apply for support to boost the skills of their workforce under the Abbott Government’s new $476 million Industry Skills Fund.  “Businesses in South Australia, particularly those in South Australia’s manufacturing sector, will be able to take advantage of the Industry Skills Fund to upskill or retrain their employees,” said Senator Simon…

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New National Training Complaints Hotline – 13 38 73

Vocational education and training (VET) students and employers now have a simple new complaints hotline to report rogue training providers. Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham said that while the vast majority of providers were doing the right thing, a minority were ripping off students, employers and taxpayers.            “Unfortunately we have seen…

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Media Statement

I thank the Prime Minister for the opportunity to serve as the Assistant Minister for Education and Training. I particularly look forward to delivering effective policies in vocational education, apprenticeships and training, while working with Christopher Pyne to help drive needed modernisation from pre-school through to higher education. Training is an essential link between individuals…

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Review of the Water Act 2007 report

The Australian Government today tabled the report on the Review of the Water Act 2007. Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, welcomed the report from the expert panel, which sets out their findings and recommendations. Senator Birmingham thanked the members of the expert panel – Mr Eamonn Moran, PSM QC (Chair), Mr Peter Anderson,…

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Implementing the Basin Plan – commencement of ACT Water Management Legislation

Commonwealth Government legislation comes into effect today that transfers to the ACT Government responsibility for all water abstraction in the ACT. “The ACT Water Management Legislation is an example of one of the many ways in which our Government is improving governance of water within the Murray-Darling Basin,” said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary of…

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