Archived News for Education Sector Professionals - December, 2013
Australia punches well above its weight in terms of research outcomes, a habit highlighted by the release of the Ten of the Best Research Projects 2013 report.
Old ways revived in truant officer trial
The Federal Government has unveiled a $28 million scheme to provide 400 truancy officers to schools across remote parts of Australia.
Pyne's paper shows weight in proctors' pockets
The Federal Government has released a report on the financial situation of the country’s universities.
Sex doesn't sell in matters of the heart
The advertising game is often one of subtlety, suggestion and subliminal messaging – other times the formula is just to place a scantily-clad person next to the thing you want to sell, but research at the University of Queensland is investigating whether sex really is the best way to make a sale.
Slight bump to welfare to catch CPI
Over a million Australian students, young jobseekers, carers and young people with a disability will see a small increase to their Centrelink payments from next year.
Graduates' year spared with AusAID reshuffle
About forty young graduates had their public service careers ended before they could begin, but now may get another start.
Plan shoved ahead to fight ailing employment
The Federal Government has bumped forward a program in response to the high unemployment rate in Tasmania.
Survey finds QLD Gov staff about half happy
Queensland public servants are feeling the sting of a thousand cuts, with a recent survey finding more than a third believe their workplace is less efficient following the year of downsizing.
ANU graduates to next level of brain repair research
This time of year means graduation for many students, and in the case of an honours graduand from ANU, brings the chance to change the world some more.
Deceptive Australians had time to refine their tricks
Australia’s ecology is littered with tricksters, shysters and con-artists; according to a new report.
Radio hunt brings black holes to the back yard
A new weapon has been added to the citizen scientist’s arsenal, with the launch of a tool that allows anyone to find black holes in deep space from the comfort of an armchair.
Asylum seeker health group cut down to one
All but one of the medical professionals advising on the health and well-being of asylum seekers have been sacked, following a purge that could leave thousands at risk.
Parents against clearly contrary sport sponsors
Most Australian parents do not want fast-food companies plugging their products to kids at sporting grounds.
Uni students make high mark in world coding competition
Three students have taken first place in a computer competition which required teams to write code for 24 hours straight.
Well-rounded design brings new players to game
A video game controller that allows people with limited use of their hands to play the latest games has won a design award in South Australia.
Blaze prompts bid to build Green Star school
A resplendent green phoenix is rising from the ashes of a Tasmanian primary school.
Gun-toting school cops defend line of duty
The Australian Education Union (AEU) has raised concerns after Northern Territory Police suddenly armed its school-based police officers.
Music helps in many ways, Mozart's mythical effect not one
New research suggests that studying music has very little impact on a child’s general intelligence, with a finding that could spell an end to French horn lessons around the world.
New money named for inflating the language
‘Bitcoin’ has been named word of the year by the Australian National Dictionary Centre (ANDC), marking the mainstream landing of the decentralised digital currency.
Plans to bring back outback Ag-school for farming future
The New South Wales Government will re-open a school that seeks to provide courses in one of Australia’s most neglected fields.
Millions to break uni barriers for disadvantaged
Millions of dollars have been provided to allow more Indigenous and disadvantaged Australians to attend university.