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20/03/2013
Improved tools to help Australian business
The Government’s popular business planning apps are now available for Android™ tablet users.

19/03/2013
Supporting Australian science on the world stage
Australian science and industry organisations are being invited to bid for design and engineering work on the world’s largest telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

15/03/2013
$4.8 million to boost university teaching quality
The quality of service at Australian universities is set to be boosted with funding for 32 projects to improve learning and teaching at higher education institutions.

14/03/2013
Applications open to help Queensland small businesses
Business Enterprise Centres and Registered Business Organisations are being urged to apply for new Australian Government funding to provide vital services to Queensland small businesses impacted by ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald.

14/03/2013
Business expert reappointed to ANSTO Board
The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Chris Bowen MP, today announced the reappointment of Ms Erica Smyth as a part-time member of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Board for five years.

13/03/2013
Better maths and science teachers for our schools
The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Chris Bowen MP, and the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, Peter Garrett MP, today announced a new $12.4 million program to improve university training.

13/03/2013
Three regions get business mentoring boost
Three Business Enterprise Centres (BECs) have each been given $200,000 grants over two years to provide business coaching and mentoring services to small businesses in their regions, the Minister for Small Business, Chris Bowen MP, announced today.

13/03/2013
Boosting agri-skills in regional Australia
The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Chris Bowen MP, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Sid Sidebottom MP, today announced $4 million in funding.

12/03/2013
Building a marine nation
Australia’s marine territory could contribute approximately $100 billion annually to Australia’s economy by 2025, according to a report launched today by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Chris Bowen MP.

11/03/2013
Higher standards for teacher training courses
The Federal Government will introduce new, more rigorous standards for teacher training courses to improve the quality of teachers graduating from universities and being employed in Australian schools.

8/03/2013
Extending Kickstart for key industries
The Government will extend the $57.5 million Apprentice Kickstart Initiative to make it easier for employers to take on apprentices, the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Chris Bowen MP, announced today.

8/03/2013
Developing a workforce for future challenges
The Australian workforce needs targeted planning to meet the future demands of industry and a rapidly changing global economy, according to a major strategy document launched today.

7/03/2013
$225,000 for new jobs initiatives on the NSW Mid North Coast
The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Chris Bowen MP, today announced a new initiative for the Mid North Coast Industry Vocational Training and Employment Centre (IVTEC).

6/03/2013
New centre to boost clean, green food production
Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for Tertiary Education, , Science and Research, Chris Bowen, opened the new University of Sydney Centre for Carbon, Water and Food – worth more than $20 million and built with Gillard Government support.

28/02/2013
Prime Minister opens new science and technology precinct at QUT
The Prime Minister officially opened the new $230 million Science and Technology Precinct at the Queensland University of Technology.

28/02/2013
Abbott's university funding warning and online hypocrisy
Tony Abbott delivered a shot across the bow to universities today, warning them not to expect anything but platitudes from a Coalition Government and painting a bleak picture of the future of tertiary education under his leadership.

28/02/2013
Helping Queensland small business bounce back
Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for Small Business Chris Bowen today announced a new $2 million Queensland Natural Disaster Assistance program to help small businesses impacted by recent natural disasters.

27/02/2013
New blueprint for sustainable international education
Australia’s international education sector will benefit from a new report that sets out ways to better access global opportunities and tackle future challenges, the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Chris Bowen MP, said today.

25/02/2013
$21 million for trades training facility in Darwin
The Gillard Government will provide $21.3 million to Charles Darwin University (CDU) to establish a trades training facility at its Casuarina Campus in Darwin.

21/02/2013
Geelong taps regional talent
Geelong’s economic future has been given a significant boost with the opening of the Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre’s (AFFRIC) first operational building in Waurn Ponds.

20/02/2013
Google training opens up the world to small business
Australia’s small businesses will be more internet-savvy thanks to a new Google training program launched today by the Minister for Small Business, Chris Bowen MP.

18/02/2013
Government and UWS opening doors to higher education
The University of Western Sydney (UWS) is one of Australia’s most successful universities at using the Federal Government’s record investment to create opportunities for disadvantaged students.

17/02/2013
$70 million boost for world class research
The Gillard Government will invest over $70 million to help Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) improve the lives of Australians by driving world class research in areas including cell therapy, autism, eye care in remote communities and workplace safety.

17/02/2013
Industry Innovation Precincts to create jobs of the future
The Gillard Government will commit $504.5 million to establish up to 10 Industry Innovation Precincts to drive productivity and improve connections between business and the research sector.

17/02/2013
Growing Australia's small to medium businesses
Australia’s small to medium enterprises (SMEs) will be given stronger support to grow, improve productivity and achieve international competitiveness as part of the Gillard Government’s A Plan for Australian Jobs package.

15/02/2013
La Trobe Molecular Scientists to benefit from new $100 million building
The Federal Government has contributed $85.8 million towards the new $100 million building which will further enhance La Trobe University’s excellence and expertise in molecular science.

15/02/2013
Showcasing science for National Science Week
From dinosaurs to the desert, there will be something for everyone at National Science Week this year, the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Chris Bowen MP, said today.

14/02/2013
Making study in Asia more accessible
Study in Asia will be more affordable for Australian university students from 2014, the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Chris Bowen MP, said today.

13/02/2013
$47 million CRC funding secures future bushfire and hazard research
The Gillard Government will make a substantial investment to establish a new Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) from 1 July 2013.

7/02/2013
Abbott's ill-advised plan to move the CSIRO
Tony Abbott’s ‘northern exposure’ plan could cost jobs at Australia’s premier science agency and put at risk research and development projects, the Minister For Tertiary Education, Skills, Science And Research, Chris Bowen MP, said today.

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