Child care fee relief on its way

Record numbers of Australian children are in early education and care as child care fee growth has slowed, new figures from the Department of Education and Training show. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the 3.1 per cent increase in the numbers of children attending approved early education and care services between the…

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Dodgy child care providers named and shamed

The Turnbull Government has for the first time published the details of child care services that have been the subject of enforcement action as it continues its crackdown on dodgy providers. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the publication of the Child Care Enforcement Action Register would mean providers who rort the system…

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Backing university research with record funding

Australia’s universities are set for a record $1.92 billion injection in research block grant funding from the Turnbull Government to support our world-class researchers and drive greater collaboration with industry. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the announcement today of the 2018 research block grants demonstrated the Turnbull Government’s strong support for improving…

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Sustainability and excellence in higher education

The Turnbull Government will ensure the costs of Australia’s higher education system are sustainable and keep a strong focus on students’ needs as part of changes announced today. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said Australia has some of the world’s leading higher education institutions, but the cost and quality of the system must…

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Boosting critical supercomputing research infrastructure

Joint media release with Acting Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Michaelia Cash The Turnbull Government will deliver $70 million to the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) High Performance Computing (HPC) facility to replace its supercomputer. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said replacing the NCI’s supercomputer was identified as a vital and urgent recommendation…

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Draft guidelines for new approach to In Home Care

The Turnbull Government is continuing to reform Australia’s child care system, and today is announcing draft guidelines for a new approach to In Home Care. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said In Home Care “needs a re-set” to stop services abusing the system and squeezing out families who need this type of flexible care. “What we’ve seen…

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Getting the fundamentals right for students

Two reports released today should serve as a warning signal to educators and policymakers that more needs to be done to boost student outcomes in reading, writing and numeracy and especially in the areas of citizenship and civics. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the 2017 NAPLAN National Report confirms that student performance…

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Calling BS on Bennelong schools funding

Bill Shorten and Kristina Keneally must start telling the truth about schools funding and put an end to their lies. John Alexander and the Turnbull Government have a clear plan to boost investment in schools in a fair way and ensure those extra resources are focused on activities proven to boost student outcomes. Across NSW…

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