Archived News for Education Sector Professionals - February, 2013
The Queensland Government has upped the ante over the debate over school funding, calling for the Federal Government to scrap the Gonski reform package and “butt out” of education.
Government releases international education blueprint
The Federal Government has released a new report that it says assist the international education sector in developing better ways to access global opportunities.
Bebbington calls for entrance score reform
The University of Adelaide’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Warren Bebbington, has called for an overhaul to the South Australia’s tertiary entrance scores system, and the way those scores are made public in South Australia.
New trades centre for Darwin
The Federal Government has announced it will provide $21.3 million to Charles Darwin University (CDU) to establish a new trades training facility at the Casurina Campus in Darwin.
Government announces 'reading blitz'
The Federal Government has announced a new national ‘reading blitz’ for students between Foundation and Year 3 to be launched next year in a bid to tackle falling literacy rates.
If we go so does Gonski warns PM
The Prime Minister has warned that any hope of implementing the reforms Gonski Review of school funding would vanish if the Government was to lose the September election.
IQ only part of the education puzzle
Academic achievement is as much about intellectual curiosity, drive and ambition as it is about natural intelligence, according to the findings of an education expert from the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education.
NCVER tracking downward apprenticeship trend
The number of apprentices in trades and non-trade related studies has declined for the start of the year, according to the latest report released by the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER).
Universities to investigate regional possibilities
The Vice-Chancellors of Monash University and the University of Ballarat have announced an investigation into amalgamating Monash’s Gippsland University and the University of Ballarat into a single, regional focused institution.
Victoria announces school funding reform progress
The Victorian Government has released a new plan for school funding reform that it claims will deliver more resources for disadvantaged students in state, Catholic and independent schools.
Queensland schools join independence push
Over 130 Queensland schools will now take part in the Federal Government’s Empowering Local Schools initiative, aimed at giving schools greater financial autonomy.
Obese boys have lowest life satisfaction
Obese teenagers have a significantly lower than average quality of life, according to a study of Sydney teenagers published in the American Journal of Adolescent Health by a team of researchers from the Westmead Millennium Institute (WMI).
UWA appoints international Pro-Vice Chancellor
The University of Western Australia (UWA) has announced the appointment of Iain Watt as the university’s new Pro Vice-Chancellor (International).
Government releases curriculum draft paper
The Federal Government has released the latest chapter of the Australian Curriculum draft paper for public consultation.
Victoria announces skills committee
The Victorian Government has announced the membership of the new Industry Skills Consultative Committee (ISCC), which will be tasked with advising the Government on shaping the State’s future vocational training system.
Government announces Asia study plan
The Federal Government has introduced a Bill before Parliament that will provide financial assistance to students wanting to undertake part of their study in Asia.
Government announces Industry Innovation Precincts
The Federal Government has announced it will contribute $504 million to establish 10 new Industry Innovation Precincts in an attempt to drive productivity, improve connections between business and the research sector and modernise the country’s industry to compete more successfully in global markets.
LaTrobe opens molecular science building
LaTrobe University will be able to examine the fabric of the universe with even greater accuracy following the opening of its new $100 million LaTrobe Institute of Molecular Sciences (LIMS) building.
Older Australians have lower literacy rates finds ABS
Older Australians have lower levels of literacy and numeracy than younger Australians, according to preliminary figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Government releases smarter schools progress report
The Federal Government has released the 2012 progress report for the rollout of the $2.5 billion Smart Schools National Partnerships program, while announcing the next round of instalments of funding to be paid to the states and territories.
SA strikes teacher pay deal
The South Australian Government has struck an agreement with the state’s school teachers that will see a 3 per cent per annum pay rise and more maternity leave as part of the latest enterprise agreement.