Victorian and New South Wales Auditors-General have reported on the financial health of the higher education sectors of their respective states, finding that universities are in good financial shape after hearings in the states’ parliaments.

The reports, issued to the respective state parliaments on May 25, found that the combined universities had recorded a surplus of over $1 billion.

The Victorian auditor-general’s office found that the state’s higher educational sector had reported a surplus fall of 5.6%, but still maintained a healthy financial outlook.

An innovative new tool designed to improve university/business research interaction has been launched by Group of Eight Australia.

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) has announced it will launch the My University website by the end of 2011, with plans to start initial usability testing by July.

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) has released the Australian Jobs 2011 report, outling an expected growth of 10.9%, or 95,700 jobs, across the education industry over the coming five years.

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has announced the numbers of Australians who have commenced a traineeship or apprenticeship has increased by 15.7 per cent to 314 000 in the 12 months leading to December 2010.

Former Federal Liberal MP Petro Georgiou has been appointed Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at Monash University and the University of Melbourne in a joint appointment.

The Western Australian Government has announced a $75 million medical training program to ensure its hospitals are sufficiently staffed.

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib launched the Indigenous Youth Careers Pathways Program (IYCP) on 16 May 2011.

The Australian Government has released its Australian Jobs 2011 report, highlighting the links between higher education and positive labour market outcomes, such as lowering unemployment and higher average pay.

The first National Broadband Site has been opened by Prime Minister in Armidale, New South Wales, while also taking the opportunity to announce additional funding for digital education as part of the Digital Regions Initiative.

The Victorian Government has announced the formation of a new $1.8 million teacher training pilot program, aimed increasing teacher training, putting greater emphasis on practical experience.

The $75 million Ausgrid Learning Centre at Sydney’s Silverwater has opened by The Federal Minister for Tertiary Education Senator Chris Evans said. 

ACT Education Minster Andrew Barr has declared the need for reform in the territory’s public education sector after a recent survey showed more parents are choosing to send their children to private, rather than public, secondary schools.

The universities of Queensland, Newcastle, Monash and Western Australia have committed to a joint venture in the foundation of the International Energy Centre (IEC) to be opened by 2012.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced the funding of a new medical training facility in Tamworth, New England.

The Western Australian Government has delivered a $186 million increase, or 4.9%, in its education spending in the 2011-12 budget, bringing the total funding to more than $4 billion on education in Western Australia in 2011-12.

The Federal Government has announced a $222 million boost to the nation’s school chaplaincy program following the roll out of the Nation’s Budget.

The Minister for Early Childhood, Peter Garrett, and the Minister for Employment Participation and Child Care, Kate Ellis, have announced more than $32.4 million for early childhood development.

The Federal Government has announced a $262 million injection to remove basic skilsl barriers that are currently ‘locking thousands of Australians out of the workforce’ .

The Federal Government has announced an $18.1 million Teach Next initiative that will aim to provide a new employment-based pathway for experienced and skilled people seeking employment in the teaching sector.

The Federal Government has announced a total of $425 million in funding for a Great Teachers Program to reward the nation’s top 25,000 teachers.

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