The Queensland  Government’s Skills and Training Taskforce has handed its interim report to the Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek.

The Taskforce, Chaired by  Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Resources Council Michael Roche,  was created to take an in-depth look at TAFE and how it could be revitalised.

“This interim report contains the preliminary findings of the Taskforce, which will help us assess what actions should be taken to reinvigorate TAFE and ensure it is more responsive to the economic demands of the State,” Mr Langbroek said.

The final round of grants under the National Solar Schools Program has been announced, resulting in  nearly 60% of primary and secondary schools across Australia now having received more than $217 million to install renewable energy, rainwater tanks and boost energy efficiency on campus.

The Federal Government has announced that 16 schools for special purposes (SSP)  in New South Wales will share in $80 million in reallocated funding  as part of the Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21) element of the Federal Government's Build the Education Revolution initiative.

The South Australian Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy, Tom Koutsantonis, has announced the Parliament’s Public Works Committee has held a hearing into the proposed $38 million Mining Engineering Centre.

Some of the country’s largest employers have met to discuss the future of affordable and flexible childcare for working parents.

The Victorian Government has granted Chisholm TAFE a $1.5 million grant to assist in the development of a master plan for existing and new infrastructure works on the Frankston campus.

Federal Shadow Minister for Education Christopher Pyne has issued a statement denying the Coalition has any plans to increase university fees or cap places.

WorkSafe Victoria has completed its ‘Safe Towns’ workplace blitz in the state, issuing over 85 improvement notices to Shepparton small businesses.

The Australian Industry Group (AI Group) has spoken out against the Victorian Government's cut to the TAFE sector, saying the $300 million cuts could not come at a worse time as the demand for skilled workers continues to grow.

The University of Wollongong (UOW) has outlined a revitalisation program aimed at making Wollongong the city of choice for future students and staff.

The Gonski recommendations need to be implemented as soon as possible, or else the country faces perpetuating education disadvantage, according to Professor Richard Teese from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

Research conducted by the University of Melbourne has backed tougher government measures aimed at coercing early school leavers back into the education system.

The South Australian Government and the SA Local Government Association has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), formalising their mutual commitment to developing child friendly communities.

The Victorian Government has revealed a plan aimed at increase and revamp the teaching of languages in Victorian schools, with State Education Minister Martin Dixon saying the move will mean thousands more students will be learning a language in 2013.

The Western Australian Government has launched a new initiative that will offer engineering program for school students that will be housed at the $63 million Governor Stirling Senior High School in Midland from 2013.

Melbourne University has offered an extension to Professor Glyn Davis' contact as Vice-Chancellor, seeing the current contract extended to January 2017.

The National Centre of Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has announced the appointment of Sue Ferguson as General Manager Research.

The Federal Government has announced the 83 private, Catholic and public schools that will share in $5.5 million in funding under the Empowering Local Schools initiative aimed at fostering cooperation and autonomy within the school education system.

The Queensland Government has opened the first round of the new Supporting Women Scholarships, aimed at assisting women to enter traditionally male dominated industries.

The Queensland Government has announced it will allow international students with Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) to access treatment at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

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