UTAS relocation given the green light

Joint release between the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham and Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher The Turnbull Government will drive jobs and economic revitalisation in Launceston through the game-changing relocation of the University of Tasmania’s main campus to Central Business District. With the Commonwealth funding agreement…

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Improving the employment potential of graduates

A new survey out today of more than 4000 employers across Australia outlines employer impressions of the skills and knowledge of our higher education graduates. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the 2017 Employer Satisfaction Survey results were encouraging but also reinforce the need to ensure our higher education institutions are focused on…

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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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