Archived News for Education Sector Professionals - October, 2011
The Victorian Government has announced $14.8 in grants to assist not-for-profit organisations to provide extra-curricular education for the state's students.
Over 90 organisations will share in the funding from the next round of the three-year Strategic Partnerships Program grants.
State Education Minister Martin Dixon said the grants would enable schools to provide students with rich and diverse learning experiences they otherwise wouldn't have or couldn't afford, particularly targeting students from low socio-economic circumstances. This includes grants to teacher professional learning associations.
NCVER publishes student intentions research
The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has published its Student Intentions research paper, finding that over 90% of students who enrol in a vocational education and training (VET) course plan to finish it.
Victorian Ombudsman publishes international student investigation
The Victorian Ombudsman has released the Investigation into how universities deal with students report, outlining a number of key findings on how Victorian Universities treat their international student populations.
Dissatisfaction among Victorian academics high: report
Nearly half of Victoria’s academics are unhappy with their jobs, with most blaming mounting administration and corporatisation in the workforce according to a study conducted by Victoria University (VU) and the University of Melbourne.
Swinburne launches Port and Harbour Engineering qualification
Swinburne University of Technology has formed Australia’s first formal qualification in Port and Harbour Engineering, after announcing the Graduate Certificate in Engineering (Port and Harbour).
HWA calls for funding tenders
HealthWorfroce Australia (HWA) has called for suitably qualified health service providers to submit proposals for capital, establishment and recurrent funding to provide clinical training through the use of simulated learning modalities in New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.
ACIKE hopes for 'new era' of Indigenous participation in higher education
Former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission Dr Tom Calma chaired the inaugural Governance Committee meeting of the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE).
Universities Australia releases corporate plan
Universities Australia has released its Corporate Plan, which outlines the key drivers for work in Australia’s tertiary education sector through to 2013.
Victoria announces 'first steps' in VET reform
The Victorian Government has announced funding reforms and recommendations to the state’s vocational education and training (VET) system.
Government opens funding for chaplaincy and welfare funding
The Federal Government has opened funding under the expansion of the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.
Blacktown medical training facility opens
The Federal Government has officially opened a new medical training centre in Blacktown, Western Sydney.
New international university for Adelaide
US-based international education provider Laureate has announced a new university to be constructed in Adelaide.
Regional Universities Network forms
Six universities have formed the Regional Universities Network (RUN) to act as an advocate body for Australia's regional higher education centres.
University of Melbourne joins Futurity
The University of Melbourne has become the first Australian University to join the research news website Futurity.
New council for international education sector
The Federal Government has announced Michael Chaney will chair a new International Education Advisory Council tasked with advising the Federal Government in developing a long-term strategy for the international education sector.
Outstanding teachers recognised
The Australian Awards for Outstanding Teaching and School Leadership have been held with the Federal Minister for School Education Peter Garrett presenting awards to five national winners.
Hays Quarterly Report finds strong demand in education sector
Recruitment specialists Hays has published the October Quarterly Report into labour demand in education, finding that education professionals with experience in technical and applied studies, mathematics, science and geography are enjoying high demand.
Victorian forums to review VET fees and funding
The Victorian Government has announced the appointment of two experts to conduct a series of public consultation forums as part of a response to the the Essential Services Commission’s inquiry into vocational education training (VET) fee and funding model.
Federal Government passes higher education support bill
The Federal Government has passed its Higher Education Support Amendment (Student Services and Amenities) Bill.
Queensland introduces skills legislation
The Queensland Government has introduced the Vocational Education and Training (Commonwealth Powers) and Other Acts Amendment Act 2011 before the State Parliament that will aim to deliver national consistency for the vocational education and trade sector.
Construction of Hobart's Marine and Antarctic Studies research centre set to begin
Construction of the new $45 million Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) development on Hobart’s waterfront is set to proceed, with the demolition of the Princes Wharf No. 2 Shed (PW2) expected to be completed next month.