Archived News for Education Sector Professionals - May, 2011
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.
The reports, issued to the respective state parliaments on May 25, found that the combined universities had recorded a surplus of over $1 billion.
The Victorian auditor-general’s office found that the state’s higher educational sector had reported a surplus fall of 5.6%, but still maintained a healthy financial outlook.
New research gateway launched
An innovative new tool designed to improve university/business research interaction has been launched by Group of Eight Australia.
My University website to go live by end of year
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.
Demand for education professionals to grow
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.
Apprenticeships hike by 15.7%
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.
Petro Georgiou appointed joint VC's Fellow
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.
$75 million for young WA doctors
The Western Australian Government has announced a $75 million medical training program to ensure its hospitals are sufficiently staffed.
Indigenous Youth Careers Pathways Program launches
Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib launched the Indigenous Youth Careers Pathways Program (IYCP) on 16 May 2011.
Federal Government releases jobs report
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.
First mainland NBN site goes live as PM announces funding for digital education
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.
$1.8 million for teacher training pilot program
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.
$75 million apprenticeship facility opens in Sydney
The $75 million Ausgrid Learning Centre at Sydney’s Silverwater has opened by The Federal Minister for Tertiary Education Senator Chris Evans said.
Education Minister attacks ‘sameness’ of ACT public schools
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.
International Energy Centre to open
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.
PM announces training facility in Tamworth
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced the funding of a new medical training facility in Tamworth, New England.
WA education gets $186 million boost
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.
$222 million for chaplaincy program
The Federal Government has announced a $222 million boost to the nation’s school chaplaincy program following the roll out of the Nation’s Budget.
Early childhood development funding announced
The Minister for Early Childhood, Peter Garrett, and the Minister for Employment Participation and Child Care, Kate Ellis, have announced more than $32.4 million for early childhood development.
$263 million for foundation education skills
The Federal Government has announced a $262 million injection to remove basic skilsl barriers that are currently ‘locking thousands of Australians out of the workforce’ .
$18.1 million for Teach Next initiative
The Federal Government has announced an $18.1 million Teach Next initiative that will aim to provide a new employment-based pathway for experienced and skilled people seeking employment in the teaching sector.
$425 million for Great Teachers Program
The Federal Government has announced a total of $425 million in funding for a Great Teachers Program to reward the nation’s top 25,000 teachers.