Employment and Education
The federal Government intends to legislate to stop corporate misuse of the Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG) scheme.
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.
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.
After another marathon sitting on the eve of the winter recess, Parliament has passed the revamped Gonski schools funding package.
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.
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.
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 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.
The federal Government is seeking public comment on its consultation paper on reforms to stop corporate misuse of the Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG) scheme.
State and territory education ministers have accused the Federal Government of cutting them out of the decision making over school funding.
The federal Government says it will invest $263 million to provide training and support to assist thousands of Australian parents return to the workforce.
The federal Government has announced a new needs-based schools funding system, and increased investment.
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.
Labor continues to harass the Government over proposed penalty rate cuts for many of Australia’s lowest paid workers.
The Turnbull Government is seeking to legislate a ban on secret payments between unions and employers.
There is still no indication of how proposed cuts to Sunday penalty rates will be implemented.
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.
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.
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.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced additional funding of $440 million to start key water projects across Australia.
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.
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.
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.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has re-introduced into Parliament the industrial relations legislation that provided the basis for the July 2 double dissolution election.
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.
The Coalition Government has directed the CSIRO to re-direct its focus back to climate science.
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.
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.
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.”
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.