Securing the future of Australia’s higher education system

The Turnbull Government has welcomed the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee’s report into the Student Loan Sustainability Bill 2018 and its recommendation that it be passed through Parliament.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the passage of the Bill through Parliament was vital to ensuring the long-term sustainability of Australia’s world-class…

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Strengthening ASEAN-Australia education exchange

Joint release with Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop Today at the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, we announced ways to deepen the engagement between the future leaders of Australia and the ASEAN region. Australia is committed to practical and meaningful partnerships with the ASEAN region. These initiatives will build on our flagship education programs and enable…

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Students take a stand against bullying

A record number of schools across Australia will take a stand against bullying today, with almost two million students set to participate in the country’s key annual anti-bullying event.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said 1.88 million students across 4,355 schools had signed on to take part in National Day of Action…

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800 scholarships for South Australian students

The Turnbull Government has so far offered 803 South Australians scholarships worth up to $17,500 each to skill up for the workforce.   Minister for Education and Training and Senator for South Australia Simon Birmingham said the Commonwealth Scholarships Program for South Australia offered $24 million for 1,200 scholarships for students undertaking training from Certificate…

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Closing of child care subsidy loophole reaping rewards

New figures show the Turnbull Government’s crackdown on dodgy family day care providers rorting the Grandparents Child Care Benefit (GCCB) has saved taxpayers more than $100 million.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the crackdown had removed dodgy family day care providers from the system and safeguarded legitimate operators and the families…

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Shorten’s special deals before needs-based

Labor’s recycled pledge to Catholic schools from weeks and months ago is a desperate attempt by Bill Shorten to ingratiate himself with Catholic Church leaders at the expense of consistent, needs-based school funding.   Catholic school parents and educators should see through Mr Shorten’s hollow promise of money for two years with no detail for…

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Students flock to Australia from around the world

International students flocked to Australia in record numbers in 2017, with new figures revealing the largest increase recorded in a single year.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the 2017 international education data showed there were more than 624,000 international students in Australia in 2017, an increase of 13 per cent (or…

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Early learning language program continues to expand

Over 80 000 children at almost 2500 preschools across the country will be given the opportunity to learn a second language this year, thanks to the Turnbull Government’s Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the ELLA program’s popularity kept growing, with an extra 20 000 children…

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