Archived News for Education Sector Professionals - December, 2011
A new advisory body made up of public and private education representatives will advise the NSW Government on issues that affect schools in the state.
The NSW Schools Advisory Council will provide advice on matters in school education that arise from early childhood, higher education and vocational education and training.
It will formalise and strengthen the input the government receives from the school sectors about areas such as national partnerships and issues raised at ministerial councils.
A consultation paper canvassing the key issues to be investigated as part of a review of Tasmania’s public vocational education and training has been released for comment. .
Commonwealth funding of $20 million has been announced for a health and medical education campus in Port Macquarie – the first of its kind in regional Australia.
The University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) has unveiled the world’s first super-resolution microscope that shows real time footage of living cells interacting with infectious diseases.
The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) has demanded amendments to existing superannuation agreements to ensure that employers pay shortfalls in superannuation to avoid extensive cuts to the 80,000 employees in the higher education sector.
The Federal Government has announced a $67 million investment by the Federal Government for 11 partnerships between universities, schools, state governments and TAFEs, designed to assist disadvantaged Australians access higher education.
Science, research and tertiary education have been grouped together in a new federal portfolio to be headed by Senator Chris Evans, following the ministerial reshuffle announced this week by the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. Senator Kim Carr, who was Minister for Industry, Innovation, Science and Research, has been demoted from Cabinet to the outer ministry as Minister for Manufacturing and Minister for Defence Materiel.
The latest Australian Graduate Survey has revealed 77 per cent of Bachelor graduates find employment within four months of completing their degree, with a further 15 per cent of graduates finding part-time or casual employment.
The Federal Government has called on quality organisations to apply for around $350 million in grant funding to assist in delivering professional development and inclusion support for early childhood education and care services.
The Federal Government has announced the formation of a Senate inquiry into the growing demand for infrastructure delivery and shortage of appropriate engineering and trade related skills in the country.
The Federal Government has released the final report of the Base Funding Review, offering a series of recommendations for public investment in higher education and other key proposals to ensure the sector remains internationally competitive.
The Federal Government has announced $377 million in funding for the country’s higher education sector, with regional universities to receive $268 million of the funding.
Professor Margaret Sheil, the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council, will be the next Provost of the University of Melbourne.