The Australian Computer Society (ACS) has praised the Federal Government’s Digital Economy Strategy, saying it is a strong ‘national blueprint’ that will 'maximize the National Broadband Network (NBN) investment and meet the economic, social and environmental challenges of the 21st century.’

The Digital Economy Strategy outlines an eight point strategy, including;

  • Online participation by Australian households
  • Online engagement by Australian businesses and not-for-profit organizations
  • Smart management of the environment and infrastructure
  • Improved health and aged care
  • Expanded online education
  • Increased teleworking
  • Improved online government services delivery and engagement
  • Greater digital engagement in regional Australia

“The ACS welcomes the National Digital Economy Strategy. An ICT blueprint is vital to ensure investment in this critical infrastructure meets desired outcomes and that the broadband pipe is leveraged to deliver e-services and develop a competitive e-economy,” said ACS President Anthony Wong.

The Federal Government has awarded AMEP Flexible Learning Network (AMEP FLN) the first contract to deliver distance/e-learning English language services for the Adult Migrant Learning Program (AMLP).

Data published by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations shows that the export income from international education activity contributed $18.3 billion to the Australian economy in 2010.

The Federal Government has reported an increase in Vocational Education and Training (VET) student numbers, with 1.8 million students nationwide now enrolled in the system.

Latest analysis by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations reveals that in just 12 months, the number of inner regional students receiving a Youth Allowance payment has risen by 4 250, an increase of 20 per cent.

Victorian and New South Wales Auditors-General have reported on the financial health of the higher education sectors of their respective states, finding that universities are in good financial shape after hearings in the states’ parliaments.

An innovative new tool designed to improve university/business research interaction has been launched by Group of Eight Australia.

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) has announced it will launch the My University website by the end of 2011, with plans to start initial usability testing by July.

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) has released the Australian Jobs 2011 report, outling an expected growth of 10.9%, or 95,700 jobs, across the education industry over the coming five years.

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has announced the numbers of Australians who have commenced a traineeship or apprenticeship has increased by 15.7 per cent to 314 000 in the 12 months leading to December 2010.

Former Federal Liberal MP Petro Georgiou has been appointed Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at Monash University and the University of Melbourne in a joint appointment.

The Western Australian Government has announced a $75 million medical training program to ensure its hospitals are sufficiently staffed.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib launched the Indigenous Youth Careers Pathways Program (IYCP) on 16 May 2011.

The Australian Government has released its Australian Jobs 2011 report, highlighting the links between higher education and positive labour market outcomes, such as lowering unemployment and higher average pay.

The first National Broadband Site has been opened by Prime Minister in Armidale, New South Wales, while also taking the opportunity to announce additional funding for digital education as part of the Digital Regions Initiative.

The Victorian Government has announced the formation of a new $1.8 million teacher training pilot program, aimed increasing teacher training, putting greater emphasis on practical experience.

The $75 million Ausgrid Learning Centre at Sydney’s Silverwater has opened by The Federal Minister for Tertiary Education Senator Chris Evans said. 

ACT Education Minster Andrew Barr has declared the need for reform in the territory’s public education sector after a recent survey showed more parents are choosing to send their children to private, rather than public, secondary schools.

The universities of Queensland, Newcastle, Monash and Western Australia have committed to a joint venture in the foundation of the International Energy Centre (IEC) to be opened by 2012.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced the funding of a new medical training facility in Tamworth, New England.

The Western Australian Government has delivered a $186 million increase, or 4.9%, in its education spending in the 2011-12 budget, bringing the total funding to more than $4 billion on education in Western Australia in 2011-12.

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