Western Australia and Victoria are both calling for nominations for their state vocational education and training awards.

The Victorian Government will award prize money totalling around $150,000 in 14 categories, including tow new categories – an Industry Collaboration Award that recognises collaboration between a training organisation and an employer or industry body resulting in exemplary skills development;  and the Victorian Employer Award for Apprentice Development to be presented to an employer for innovation and excellence in the development of training programs.

Nominations are called for from students, apprentices and trainees, teachers and trainers, training providers, employers and any business involved in training.

Australia’s leading universities have called for measures to address a 30% funding gap between base funding provided to universities and the costs of their core activities.

The Australian Learning and Teaching Council has launched two new projects looking at university professional development programs and how they are evaluated.

A report released by the Industry Skills Councils, representing 11 separate industry skills groupings, has warned that as many as 53 per cent of working-age Australians have difficulty with numeracy skills, and 46 per cent of Australian adults have problems with reading skills.

Australian children growing up in major cities do better in terms of their physical development and educational outcomes than children living in regional and remote areas, according to an analysis by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

An internationally-recognised academic and university leader has been appointed as Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia from 2012.

Universities Australia, representing Australia’s 39 universities, has released its commissioned Good Practice Guidelines for Enhancing Student Safety, providing a safety good practice frameword for students and staff, both on and off university campuses.

Victorian Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall has announced the allocation of $7 million for the construction of a new Regional Health Hub at Deakin University's Geelong Campus.

The Federal Government has withdrawn its funding for the Australian Academy of Science’s primary and high school science education programs.

A new $5.25 million branch of the Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE (BRIT) has opened in Echuca in Victoria's north.

The Business Council of Australia (BCA) has published a report on the quality of higher education in Australia, calling for the development of a framework to guide tertiary institutions in maintaining their teaching and learning standards.

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