Archived News for Education Sector Professionals - September, 2012
The Victorian Government has announced the state’s TAFE Development Centre (TDC) has been given a new name to ‘reflect the changing nature of Victoria’s vocational education and training sector’, and will now be known as the VET Development Centre (VDC).
The TDC was established in 2005 to raise the professional standing of people working in the vocational education and training sector through the delivery of a range of professional development and support programs.
Mr Hall said the VET Development Centre would continue to analyse workforce development needs, particularly in line with changing state and national training policies and frameworks.
NCVER releases VET financial data
The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has released key financial information of the country’s vocational education and training (VET) system.
New foundation skills strategy launched
The Federal and South Australian Governments have announced the launching of the new National Strategy for Foundation Skills, which will aim to boost the English language, numeracy and literacy skills of working Australians aged 15-64.
WA announces ECL grants recipients
The Western Australian Government has announced the seven successful non-government organisations (NGO) to provide early childhood services through the $28.8 million Child and Parent Centres program.
Gillard declared education champion
The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, has appointed Prime Minister Julia Gillard as one of 10 champions of the Global Education Initiative, Education First.
Language fellowships announced
The Federal Government has congratulated the 211 teachers who have been awarded the Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowship for 2013.
Women in the TAFE firing line warns government
The Victorian TAFE Association (VTA) has published a preliminary study that shows that women will be unfairly targeted by the forthcoming TAFE cuts by the Victorian Government.
WA moves to make pre-primary compulsory
Pre-primary education in Western Australia is to become compulsory under legislation introduced before Parliament by the State Government.
University of Melbourne joins Coursera
The University of Melbourne has become the first Australian university to join the prestigious online course provider Coursera, which offers free subjects to anyone with an internet connection.
First Tasmanian schools amalgamate
The Tasmanian Government has announced the first two schools to voluntarily amalgamate under the $3.5 million Transition Fund.
Queensland opens funding to break glass ceiling
The Queensland Government’s Supporting Women Scholarships are now open for women wanting to study in male dominated fields.
SA pushes early childhood development recognition
The South Australian Government has lent its support to the push to have early childhood development recognised as a key profession, saying it would better reflect the crucial work of teachers, childcare workers, doctors and nurses in children’s development.
Ministers meet over NSW education cuts
Federal Minister for School Education Peter Garrett has met with the NSW Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, in a bid to convince the State Government to reverse its $1.7 billion cuts to the education sector.
Tasmania hails VET progress
The Tasmanian Government has hailed the progress being made in the state’s vocational education system, with data showing strong growth above the national rate.
Education key for Indigenous kids
A new study released by the Federal Government shows education and early childhood learning in Indigenous families is key to maximising their development.
New head of research for ACU
The Australian Catholic University (ACU) has announced the appointment of Professor Wayne McKenna as its new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).
Queensland announces first Independent Public Schools
The Queensland Government has announced the first Government schools to become newly designated Independent Public Schools in 2013.
Award recognises top university staff
Federal Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, has announced the 152 university adademics and professional staff to be recognised under the prestigious Citation Awards.
Australian graduates enjoy world-class salaries
A report released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows that Australian graduates are enjoying some of the world’s most attractive pay packages.
Government moves to break down Indigenous education barriers
The Federal Government has released a report outlining a comprehensive roadmap aimed at breaking down the barriers faced by Indigenous students to a university education and creating a new generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander professionals.
NAPLAN report shows education strengths and weaknesses
Around 92 per cent of the one million Australian students who took part in literacy and numeracy testing this year are at or above national minimum standards according to the Summary Report for the 2012 National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) released by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).