The Western Australian Government has hailed an ‘exciting new era in training’ after launching the Goldfields Institute of Technology Esperance Region campus.

Formally known as the Vocational Training Education Centre, the new institute has become an independent State Training Provider and a statutory authority.

State Minister for Training and Workforce Development Minister Murray Cowper said the formation of the new institute was another step in the State Government’s strategy to transform Western Australia’s training sector.

The Queensland Government has announced cuts to several employment and skilling initiatives it says the Federal Government already funds.

The Federal Government has pledged $161 million in funding to progress the goals outlined under the Smarter Schools National Partnerships. School Education Minister Peter Garrett released the annual state and territory progress reports for the Low SES School Communities, Literacy and Numeracy and Improving Teacher Quality National Partnerships.

The University of Melbourne has announced it will be hosted a select group of teachers from across Victoria who will be attending a workshop aimed at creating a new secondary school curriculum based on computer science.

Melbourne University’s Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey has produced a detailed report, showing how Australia coped during the global financial crisis.

In a world first, the Federal Government has announced Australian schoolboys will be able to start receiving the Gardasil vaccine, which will protect them against developing a range of cancers while bolstering the effectiveness of the vaccine in women.

The Federal Government has released figures that show university enrolments by regional and indigenous students have ‘increased to record levels.’

The Australian National University has announced internationally renowned scientist Professor Andrew Roberts as the new Dean of the ANY College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

The Federal Government is aiming to foster relationships between research bodies and educational institutions by establishing a new $16 million multidisciplinary Science of Learning Research Centre.

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has found that 32 per cent of young Australians aged between 15-19 years participated in vocational education and training in 2011.

The Queensland Government has announced it will phase out the Queensland comparable Assessment Tasks (QCAT) by 2013 in a bid to ‘cut waste’ in the education sector.

A school-based eating disorder prevention program created by researchers from Flinders University is set to become an iPhone app.

The School completion: what we learn from different measures of family background report, led by Jacqueline Homel and researchers from ANY’s Social Policy Evaluation, Analysis and Research, uses simple measures of family background to paint a clearer picture of the relationship between disadvantage and educational outcomes.

The New South Wales Department of Education and Communities has joined the US based Center for Curriculum Redesign, a prestigious forum that includes Harvard and Stanford univeristies and the Finnish Board of Education in its membership.

Public education in Tasmania is continuing to show steady improvement over the past five years, according to a new report released earlier this week.

The New South Wales Government has released draft Industry Action Plans for the manufacturing, professional services, international education and research and digital economy sectors for final consultations.

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