Archived News for Education Sector Professionals - March, 2013
The role of TAFE in the development of skills, opportunities and employment prospects for those undertaking training is set to be examined following the announcement of a Parliamentary inquiry into the sector.
Tasmania announces Asia Education Strategy
The Tasmanian Government has announced it is developing an Asia Education Strategy in a bid to ‘take advantage’ of the opportunities presented in the Asian Century.
Universities welcome Cabinet responsibility reshuffle
Universities Australia has welcomed the decision by Prime Minister Julia Gillard to link higher education, science and research with trade, competiveness, industry and innovation.
Skribis to head up Monash research agenda
Monash University has announced the appointment of international respected sociologist Professor Zlatko Skribis to lead the university’s research training agenda, which includes a revamped PhD program.
Victoria pledges school co-operation
The Victorian Government has launched its new Victorian Schools Compact initiative in a bid to clarify roles and responsibilities and ‘build a new culture of co-operation in education’.
Study details resources training efforts
A new study commissioned by the Minerals Council of Australia shows that the resources sector spent over $1.1 billion on training in the 2011-12 financial year.
$100 million for Queensland schools
The Queensland Government has announced a further $100 million in funding for the State’s schools to conduct urgent maintenance and capital works.
STEM skill shortages holding back business
A shortage in crucial Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills in the current and emerging workforce is holding back Australian employers in their ongoing question to be more innovative, productive and competitive, according to a new report released by the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group).
ABS releases upbeat school data
The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students staying on to Year 12 has exceeded 50 per cent for the first time, in 2012, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Nominations open for Victoria training awards
The Victorian Government is calling on all citizens involved in vocation training to nominate for the 2013 Victorian Training Awards.
SA Training Awards nominations open
The South Australian Government has announced the opening of nominations for this year’s SA Training Awards, which seek to celebrate the state’s top students, employers, training organisations and teachers.
Victoria promises compromise in teacher dispute
The Victorian Government has announced it will ‘take performance pay off the negotiating table’ in a bid to resolve the ongoing teachers pay dispute.
Government announces $300 million childcare package
Qualified early childhood educators will soon be enjoying a pay hike under a new funding package announced by the Federal Government.
Government announces boost to uni teaching
The Federal Government has announced it will fund 32 projects aimed at improving the quality of teaching at the country’s higher education institutions.
TAFE NSW seeking industry feedback
TAFE New South Wales has announced it is seeking input from stakeholders to form a new strategy which will guide how the sector operates in the future.
Maths and science teachers get funding boost
The Federal Government has announced a $12.4 million program to improve the quality of university training and preparation for future maths and science pedagogues.
Record numbers of preschoolers
The Federal Government has welcomed news that the country now has record numbers of ankle biters enrolled in pre-school.
Report shows My School hitting the spot
A new analysis released by the Federal Government has found that the NAPLAN and Low SES Schools programs have increased the number of students achieving at or above national minimum standards.
Graduates underemployed finds research
A large proportion of the nation’s freshly graduated workers are employed in roles well below their level of education, leading to a significant shortfall in earning according to new research from the University of Western Australia (UWA) and John Curtin University.
Victoria outlines TAFE funding
The Victorian Government has released the Independent TAFE Review Panel’s final report on vocational education and training, as well as the Government’s response.
Government announces higher standards for teacher training
The Federal Government has announced it will introduce new, more rigorous standards for teaching training courses in a bid to improve the quality of new graduates coming from universities and being employed in Australian schools.