Employment and Education

October 2017

Legislation proposed to prevent abuse of Fair Entitlements Guarantee scheme – October 2017

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

The federal Government intends to legislate to stop corporate misuse of the Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG) scheme.

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.

Government funds establishment of Cyber Security CRC – October 2017

Filed under: Employment and Education, Research, Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector,

The Federal Government has announced a new industry-led cyber security Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) to build Australia’s cyber security capability and deliver solutions to ensure the safety of businesses and citizens in cyberspace.

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.

Government consults on changes to Fair Entitlements Guarantee – May 2017

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

The federal Government is seeking public comment on its consultation paper on reforms to stop corporate misuse of the Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG) scheme.

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.

Program for parents to return to the workforce expanded – May 2017

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

The federal Government says it will invest $263 million to provide training and support to assist thousands of Australian parents return to the workforce.

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.

April 2017

Penalty rates debate working for Labor – April 2017

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

Labor continues to harass the Government over proposed penalty rate cuts for many of Australia’s lowest paid workers.

Government seeks ban on secret union payments – April 2017

Filed under: Employment and Education, Industrial Relations, Trade and industry, Trade Unions,

The Turnbull Government is seeking to legislate a ban on secret payments between unions and employers.

March 2017

Implementation of penalty rates decision becomes hot potato – March 2017

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

There is still no indication of how proposed cuts to Sunday penalty rates will be implemented.

February 2017

Government should reduce medical research funding, says Leyonhjelm – February 2017

Filed under: Employment and Education, Research, Politics, Australian Politics, Social and Community,

Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm (NSW) says that if Australia’s medical research community wants the politics to be removed from funding, they need to turn to private sources and stop being so greedy for taxpayers’ money.

December 2016

Government secures passage of two key IR measures after compromises – December 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Industrial Relations,

The two bills that formed the basis for the July 2 double dissolution election have now been passed by the Parliament after a round of last-minute negotiation.

November 2016

Senators validity challenges puts cloud over Government’s IR plans – November 2016

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

The Government’s plans to reintroduce the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) are on hold until the High Court resolves eligibility issues involving two candidates who stood for the Senate on July 2.

Government funding for water projects – November 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Trade and industry, Infrastructure,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced additional funding of $440 million to start key water projects across Australia.

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.

Review recommends refocussing R&D incentives on ‘R&D intensive’ businesses – October 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Tax, Employment and Education, Research, Trade and industry,

The Government is seeking feedback from Australia’s research and development (R&D) community, businesses and industry groups and other stakeholders on the findings of the R&D Tax Incentive Review, released by Industry Minister Greg Hunt.

September 2016

Building and construction industry legislation reintroduced – September 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Industrial Relations, Politics, Australian Politics, Elections,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has re-introduced into Parliament the industrial relations legislation that provided the basis for the July 2 double dissolution election.

Minister stumbles over protection of volunteers measure – September 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Industrial Relations, Trade and industry, Trade Unions,

Legislation for the federal intervention – promised during the election campaign – in the dispute involving the Country Fire Authority in Victoria has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

August 2016

New Science Minister reverses CSIORO climate cuts – August 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Research, Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment,

The Coalition Government has directed the CSIRO to re-direct its focus back to climate science.

July 2016

New award rates from 1 July 2016 – July 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Employment, Industrial Relations,

The Fair Work Ombudsman has issued a reminder to businesses and their advisers to check changes to new industry award rates and allowances which came into effect on 1 July 2016.

Tougher industrial relations regulation promised – July 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Industrial Relations, Politics, Trade and industry, Trade Unions,

The Liberal Party says it is essential that unions and employers operate in a transparent and accountable manner and that the building industry – Australia’s third-largest employer – is fair, safe and lawful.

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.”

Tougher rules for 457 visas – July 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Employment, Politics, Elections, Social and Community,

The ALP says a Labor government will deliver a comprehensive plan to ensure the temporary work visa system prioritises Australian jobs and addresses temporary worker exploitation.

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