Archived News for Education Sector Professionals - June, 2012
The South Australian Government has outlined $3.25 million in spending aimed at breaking down barriers that prevent adults from moving to higher level training and improving their prospects of finding a job.
The Adult Community Education (ACE) initiative will see 7433 training places offered by 60 community-based, not-for-profit training providers.
“The ACE sector is an important starting point for people who may consider vocational education and training and university study to be initially out of their reach,” State Employment, Higher Education and Skills Minister Tom Kenyon said.
Deakin unveils new digital future
Deakin University has outlined a ‘radical new approach’ to student engagement after it outlined its new Strategic Plan, which will focus heavily on ‘driving the new digital frontier.’
Indigenous child health rises as education stalls
A new report released by the COAG Reform Council shows that under the National Indigenous Reform Agreement, which sets six targets for governments to improve health, education and employment for Indigenous Australians, only the Northern Territory is on track to make significant improvements by 2031.
National Career Development Strategy Green Paper released for public comment
The Federal Government has released for public comment a Green Paper for the National Career Development Strategy that aims to help Australians build more productive and rewarding careers.
OECD praises My School
An OECD report into the effectiveness of the Federal Government's My School initiative has helped to provide greater transparency in the country's school system.
$13 million for Victorian specialised teaching
The Federal Government has announced $13 million in funding to allow Victorian public schools to provide specialised teaching a field of their choice under the first phase of the Empowering Local Schools initiative.
Government launches water education units
The Federal Government has launched four new teaching units to help students across the country learn about the importance of water.
Koorie schools review handed in
The National Curriculum Services has handed an independent review of the performance of Victoria’s four indigenous Koorie Pathways Schools, suggesting that the performance and effectiveness of them be examined.
Government moves to strengthen chaplaincy legislation
The Federal Government has introduced legislation before parliament that will aim to bolster the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program following the decision of the High Court in the Williams v the Commonwealth of Australia last week.
$19.6 million for principal development
The Federal Government has announced $19.6 million in investment in professional development and training for school principals.
Federal Government moves on skills challenges
The Federal Government has passed legislation that will create the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA), which will aim to strengthen Australia’s response to the nation’s skills challenge and boost productivity. The Agency, will be led by industry representatives, and will have a key role in the allocation of a $700 million industry training fund.
Victoria appoints TAFE panel
The Victorian Government has announced the formation of an independent advisory panel aimed at ensuring that the state’s TAFE network remains viable as the State proceeds with major cuts to the state’s vocational education and training model.
ANU announces Public Policy Fellows
Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young has announced the appointment of 13 new Public Policy Fellows from around the University.
Queensland passes VET bill
The Queensland Government has announced the passage of its Vocational Education and Training (Commonwealth Powers) Bill, which cedes authority to regulate registered training organisations (RTOs) to the Federal Government.
Victoria announces early childhood services funding
The Victorian Government has announced a $36 million spending package for the state's early childhood services sector. The announcement follows $40 million in capital works to be shared between 100 kindergartens.
Government moves to boost university teaching quality
The Federal Government has announced $4 million in funding to support projects at a number of Australian universities to improve teaching and learning outcomes in higher education.
Chaplaincy challenge to go ahead
A Queensland man has won his right to continue his challenge of the Federal Government’s School Chaplaincy Program in the High Court.
Schoolkids payment starts
The Federal Government has begun to roll out its Family Benefit Part A funding package for over 1.3 million Australian families. The funding will see families receive $409 per child in primary school and $818 for each child in high school.
More students studying at tertiary level finds NCVER
More students than ever are studying at tertiary level, according to the latest tertiary education and training figures.
ANU to host world-leading supercomputer
The Australian National University is set to host a $100 million world-leading supercomputer that will enable data-intensive research into climate change, earch science and national water management.
USYD to redress the Indigenous education imbalance
The University of Sydney, the country's oldest tertiary institution, has released a major new strategy aimed at significantly improving rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in higher education, research and engagement.