Visit to Singapore for ASEAN-related Meetings

This week we will visit Singapore to advance Australia’s trade and investment interests at ASEAN-related ministerial meetings.  This will be Minister Birmingham’s first overseas engagement as trade minister and will be an important opportunity to work with Indo-Pacific countries, including our major trading partners, to promote growth and prosperity in our region.   We will…

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Appointment as Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

I thank Prime Minister Scott Morrison for appointing me as Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment and the Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate. Having previously worked across Australia’s wine, tourism and hospitality industries I look forward to again supporting the hardworking Australians whose efforts in trade and tourism underpin so much…

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New ACARA Chair Belinda Robinson

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) Board has a new chairperson with Ms Belinda Robinson appointed by Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham.   Minister Birmingham said he welcomed the incoming chair and the extensive experience she would bring to the role.   “Belinda Robinson’s commitment to education in this country is…

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A more sustainable higher education system

The Turnbull Government’s plan for a more sustainable higher education student loans scheme has passed the Parliament, ensuring future generations have access to study opportunities at Australia’s world-class institutions.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the plan ensured Australia’s higher education loan system was accessible and sustainable.   “We’re delivering a record…

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Australia’s leading research minds to tackle PFAS

Joint release with the Minister for Defence Marise Payne and the Assistant Minister for the Environment Melissa Price Some of Australia’s best scientists and researchers will commence ground-breaking work to address PFAS contamination in the environment, thanks to new research projects announced today by the Turnbull Government.   The nine research projects will share in…

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Turnbull Government backs vital youth development program

Young Australians are set for a $1.5 million boost in support from the Turnbull Government to take advantage of the highly respected Duke of Edinburgh International Award.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham announced the extra funding in Darwin at the Clontarf Academy at Sanderson Middle School. Minister Birmingham said the Turnbull Government…

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Major research boost for agriculture industry

Joint release with Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud New disease fighting technologies and expanding the emerging Australian native food and medicinal agriculture industries are a major focus of new research funding, announced today by the Turnbull-McCormack Government.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham and Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said…

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Research to advance Australia’s energy storage capability

Joint release with Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg The Turnbull Government has backed two major research initiatives to advance Australia’s world-leading energy storage expertise.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham and Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg today announced $7.5 million for two new specialist Research Hubs that…

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Research training boost for WA mining sector

Joint release with Minister for Jobs and Innovation Michaelia Cash   The Turnbull Government has backed a world-first centre to train and skill the next generation of engineers and graduates to support Western Australia’s mining and resources sector.   Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham and Minister for Jobs and Innovation Senator Michaelia Cash…

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Turnbull Government backs Australia’s world-leading research sector

The Turnbull Government has backed 132 new projects to advance developments in key research areas from energy storage, robotics and advances in medical implants right through to coastal management and crop disease prevention. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the $180.4 million funding boost through ARC Future Fellowships, Australian Laureate Fellowships, Industrial Transformation…

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