Education

October 2017

Review into regional, rural and remote education gathering information – October 2017

Filed under: Employment and Education, Education, Politics, Australian Politics,

Public forums have been held in Queensland, Victoria and Northern Territory to hear from key stakeholders and members of the public about the challenges faced by students living in regional, rural and remote areas.

June 2017

Senate passes Government’s education reforms after changes satisfy cross-bench – June 2017

Filed under: Employment and Education, Education, Politics, Australian Politics,

After another marathon sitting on the eve of the winter recess, Parliament has passed the revamped Gonski schools funding package.

Government scores big win as Gonski 2.0 passes but Catholic opposition remains – June 2017

Filed under: Employment and Education, Education, Politics, Australian Politics,

As Parliament rose for the winter recess Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Coalition were celebrating their biggest success since the election – passage of the legislation to implement their new version of the schools funding scheme, now known as Gonski 2.0.

Government funding for university cyber-security training – June 2017

Filed under: Employment and Education, Education, Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry,

The federal Government is seeking to boost Australia’s cyber security defences by up-skilling the domestic workforce to address a critical shortage of skilled cyber security professionals.

May 2017

The Budget – innovative but will it re-engage the electorate – May 2017

Filed under: Employment and Education, Education, Politics, Australian Politics, Budget,

Since Scott Morrison presented his second Budget just under three weeks ago it has been the subject of three separate and parallel debates: there has been a debate about its vision, its popularity and its forecasts.

Greens raise concerns about Gonski 2.0 school funding – May 2017

Filed under: Employment and Education, Education, Politics, Australian Politics,

Greens education spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, has raised the prospect that the Greens could block the Turnbull Government’s schools package because even regular yearly increases may be more generous than the Gonski 2.0 plan.

States object to schools funding change – May 2017

Filed under: Employment and Education, Education, Politics, Australian Politics,

State and territory education ministers have accused the Federal Government of cutting them out of the decision making over school funding.

Government announces new Gonski-based school funding plan – May 2017

Filed under: Employment and Education, Education, Politics, Australian Politics,

The federal Government has announced a new needs-based schools funding system, and increased investment.

New universities reform package scraps fee deregulation – May 2017

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Financial Regulation, Employment and Education, Education, Politics,

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham says the Government will seek to drive better outcomes for both students and taxpayers as part of its latest suite of higher education reforms.

October 2016

The failure of vocational education – October 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Education, Politics, Australian Politics,

The Government’s announcement of the revamp of the VET FEE-HELP scheme with the aim of saving the Budget $7 billion over coming years should be the start – not the end – of a review and revitalisation of the vocational education system.

Birmingham opens debate on Gonski funding changes – October 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Education,

Education Minister Simon Birmingham has launched a potentially rancorous debate with the states as he prepares for a major overhaul of federal funding for schools.

July 2016

Better deal promised for university funding and students – July 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Education, Politics,

The Australian Greens say they are committed to boosting funding to the university sector “so it can provide high quality and affordable higher education and training.”

June 2016

No real economic strategy from either major party – June 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Elections, Economy, Tax, Health,

At the halfway point on this eight-week campaign political static is overwhelming most significant policy – and political – debate.

May 2016

VET fees to be capped – May 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Elections, Education,

A Labor government after July 2 will introduce a loan cap of $8,000 a year in the vocational education and training FEE-HELP program, says Labor leader Bill Shorten.

Funding for science, technology and maths teaching – May 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Elections, Education,

The Labor Party has promised that if it wins the election, it will ensure that, by 2020, every teacher of STEM subjects at secondary level in Australia will be qualified in their relevant subject.

ALP announces funds for Indigenous education – May 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Elections, Education, Indigenous Affairs,

Bill Shorten says a Labor government will invest an additional $100 million to support Indigenous students to succeed at school, and boost the number of Indigenous teachers.

Government reviewing alternative service delivery models – May 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Education, Employment, Politics, Australian Politics,

The federal Government has released the terms of reference for the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into introducing competition and informed user choice into human services.

Government promises some Gonski funding – May 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Education,

The Coalition Government has committed to a $73.6 billion student achievement plan in what it calls the most significant package of education quality reforms in a generation.

April 2016

Concern at PM’s suggestion of Federal withdrawal from schools funding – April 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Education, Politics, Australian Politics,

The national teachers union has accused Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of abrogating his responsibility to public schools by suggesting the states take responsibility for funding them.

December 2015

Review of research policy and funding published – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Education,

The federal Department of Education and Training has published the report on a review of Australia’s research policy and funding arrangements conducted by Dr Ian Watt.

November 2015

Policy debate will require specifics soon – November 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Economy, Tax, Education, Competition,

At present Malcolm Turnbull’s national leadership is riding a tide of enthusiasm and relief that at last Australia can have a sensible and wide-ranging discussion about the nation’s and economy’s future.

Turnbull rekindles hopes for Gonski funding – November 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Education,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has rekindled hopes that the Commonwealth Government may fund the final two years of the Gonski education reforms.

October 2015

University reform delayed until at least 2017 – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Education,

New Education Minister Simon Birmingham has confirmed that the Government’s proposed university changes will be delayed for at least a year.

The outlines of change are emerging – October 2015

Filed under: National Security, Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Senate, Tax,

Although it is unfashionable to admit it, day-to-day public Federal politics, which is composed of a series of consultations, decisions and policy announcements, has fallen into something of an hiatus over the last week.

September 2015

Parliamentary Committees – September 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Education, Indigenous Affairs,

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs has established a new Inquiry into educational opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students.

August 2015

National Reform Summit highlights political system’s weaknesses – August 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Health, Social Services, Education, Business,

The relative success of this week’s National Reform Summit highlights – once again - the vacuum in policy development and implementation by the Federal Government.

July 2015

Government announces review of research funding – July 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Education, Research,

Education Minister Christopher Pyne has announced a comprehensive review of university research funding and policy as part of its strategy to boost the commercial returns from research.

April 2015

International education strategy under review – April 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Education,

Education and Training Minister Christopher Pyne is urging Australians to have a say on our most successful services export – international education.

March 2015

Government to address VET training subsidies rorts – March 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Education,

Assistant Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham has announced “a rolling campaign of legislative and other changes”.

University deregulation bills fail again – March 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Senate, Education,

For a second time, the Senate has voted down the Government’s legislation to reform the tertiary education sector.

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