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Senator Evans announces resignation
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans today announced his decision to resign from the Gillard Ministry and step down as Leader of the Government in the Senate.

$375 million overhaul for training system
Students can expect better quality courses and more help to complete their qualifications as part of Labor’s $1.75 billion reforms package for the training system.

New panel to review student support services guidelines
The Gillard Government has today announced a review of the student representation guidelines associated with the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), a year after the fee was introduced.

Australian university campuses in the design spotlight
Tertiary campuses across Australia are winning design, architectural and training awards thanks to a $5 billion infrastructure injection from the Gillard Government.

Record investment gives universities a better base to thrive
Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, today ruled out a price hike for students to study at university.

Expanded Kickstart to boost engineering trades
More Australians will get the opportunity to learn an engineering trade as part of an expansion to the Gillard Government’s $57.5 million Kickstart Initiative.

Professor Warrick Couch to head Australian Astronomical Observatory
Distinguished astrophysicist Professor Warrick Couch has been appointed as Director of the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO).

Northern Rivers students get engineering and science boost
Rewarding careers in science and engineering will soon be more accessible for Lismore students thanks to a $27.9 million investment by the Gillard Government’s Education Investment Fund.

New members appointed to ARC Advisory Council
Science and Research Minister, Senator Chris Evans, today announced the appointment of five new members to the Australian Research Council (ARC) Advisory Council.

New project opens doors to Murdoch University
Young Western Australians from Rockingham, Kwinana and the Peel region will be inspired and supported to study at Murdoch University through a new Federal Government project launched today.

Graduates earning more and meeting needs of the economy
A new report on the Australian university system has highlighted the extra earning power of university graduates and the future benefits to the national economy.

CQUniversity latest victim of Newman’s TAFE cuts
A proposal to create Queensland’s first dual-sector university in Central Queensland is under threat by the Newman Government’s refusal to commit to on-going funding.

More NSW and ACT students receive offers to study at uni
More than 70,000 students from across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory will receive an offer to study at university this year.

BlueScope Steel Western Port announcement
The Gillard Labor Government is disappointed that BlueScope Steel will be reducing its workforce at Western Port in Hastings, Victoria.

Siding Spring Observatory affected by fire damage
Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, today recognised the efforts of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service who spent last night fighting fires surrounding the Siding Spring Observatory.

Thousands of students get a helping hand to attend university
A record number of students are now receiving financial support from the Gillard Government to go to university.

Aussie Rules icon gives Kickstart program a big thumbs up
Aussie Rules icon Kevin Sheedy has joined Master Builders Australia and the Housing Industry Association to encourage employers to sign up to a new program to boost apprentices in the building and construction industry.

Unhappy start to New Year for TAFE students
TAFE students and staff in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland are facing an unhappy start to the New Year with state government funding cuts causing campus closures, staff losses and fee increases.

New program to boost maths and science graduates
Young Australians will be inspired to pursue careers in engineering, technology, maths and sciences under Labor’s plan to lift teaching quality and make science and maths more engaging for students.

500 apprentices sign up for New Year Kickstart
Almost 500 potential apprentices have registered in just two weeks for the Gillard Government’s new Kickstart program.

New nuclear medicine offers hope for cancer patients
The potentially life-saving nuclear medicine, Lutetium-177, will be more accessible to Australians with neuroendocrine cancers thanks to a $5 million investment by the Gillard Government.

$18.8m for Australian science and industry in SKA
A new $18.8 million research and development fund will make sure Australian scientists can work on the development of the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope project.

Health, surveying and engineering lead the way in graduate employment
Ninety two per cent of graduates in medicine, pharmacy, mining engineering, surveying and nursing are in full-time jobs four months after graduation.

Tony Abbott to slash support for university students
Tony Abbott will slash financial support for university students and gut the current funding to Australia’s higher education system.

Experts to help double Indigenous university participation
A new advisory council made up of education and business leaders has been tasked with doubling the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students attending university.

Australian Government continues support for Group Training
New South Wales has stripped its funding for a group training program which helps boost commencements and completions in Australian Apprenticeships and supports disadvantaged Australians access training and job opportunities.

University applications up for 2013 as students await results
More than 3000 extra Year 12 school leavers have applied to study at university next year, compared to 2012.

New CRC to cut carbon in built environment
Minimising Australia’s carbon footprint, while saving Australians millions of dollars a year, is the focus of a new $100 million partnership between the Gillard Government, researchers and the construction industry.

TAFE teachers the face of NSW training cuts
Minister for Skills, Senator Chris Evans, today met with New South Wales TAFE teachers who are facing the sack as a result of the O’Farrell State Government’s cuts to TAFE.

Education and research to strengthen Australia-China relationship
Australian and Chinese researchers and educators will work more closely on key issues facing the region after the two Governments signed a new higher education and research agreement.

UTAS investment to drive creative industries growth
More students across the state will get the opportunity to study in creative industries thanks to a major upgrade of the University of Tasmania’s teaching facilities.

Research to increase money markets confidence
Australia’s ambition to be a world leading financial centre has been strengthened with the launch of the Financial Markets Research Centre (FMRC) at the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) in Sydney today.

Ocean robots hit the one million observation milestone
Australian scientists and researchers have reached a major milestone in the global Argo ocean monitoring program that is tracking ocean variability on a daily basis and also revealing the effect of climate change on the world’s oceans.

Record investment lifts university research rankings
Ten Australian universities are performing above the world standard for research, including four performing at well above world standard as a result of the Gillard Government’s record investment in research.

Construction industry gets a Kickstart to take on apprentices
A $57.5 million incentive program has kicked off to encourage employers to take on new apprentices to help address Western Australia’s trade shortage in the construction industry.

Vital key to SKA launched
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project has taken a leap forward with the launch of a key precursor low-frequency radio telescope.

Queenslanders to pay the price of Newman's TAFE closures
The fears of thousands of Queenslanders have today been realised after the Queensland Liberal National Government signalled the closure of 13 TAFE campuses, and confirmed many others remain under threat.

$240m to tackle national research priorities
The Gillard Government will invest $240 million for Australian researchers to work with industry on collaborative projects in priority research areas including innovative manufacturing, sustainable regional communities and social innovation.

Labor’s record investment producing more graduates
More young Australians have a degree as a result of the Gillard Government’s landmark reforms of the higher education sector.

New national investment plan to drive top class research
A new coordinated, whole-of-government approach to research funding will ensure Australians continue to benefit from the Gillard Government’s record investment in science and research.

Record investment in universities paying off for students
New data shows more students from regional areas and disadvantaged backgrounds are at university, and more students are securing their first choice of study.

Asian Century drives stronger Australia-China partnership
Australia’s future lies in a deeper collaboration with China across education, research, industry and innovation, Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, said today.

$21.5m tackle to engineering skills shortage in Geelong
A career in engineering may become a reality for more young people in the Geelong region as a result of the Gillard Government’s investment in Deakin University’s Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET) project.

Record education investment to transform regional Australia
The record number of students studying at institutions across regional Australia will benefit from increased investment in world-class education facilities

National forum tackles ICT skills in the workplace
Leading industry, government and education representatives met this week at Parliament House to share innovative approaches to developing, attracting and retaining information and communications technology (ICT) skills in the national workforce.

Gillard Government investment to revolutionise University of New England
Students at the University of New England will benefit from a $29 million project that will revolutionise the university experience for agriculture students.

Illawarra among first to benefit from regional education investment
Parents and their children in the Illawarra will be among the first to benefit from the Regional Priorities Round of the Gillard Government’s Education Investment Fund (EIF).

Young Victorians hit by Baillieu TAFE cuts
A new report shows that Victoria’s most vulnerable young people are missing out on opportunities to prepare for the workplace and further training as a result of Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu’s $300 million TAFE cuts.

$18m education investment to help regional South Australians
Students at the University of South Australia’s regional Mt Gambier and Whyalla campuses will be better prepared for job opportunities as part of a new project funded by the Gillard Government’s Education Investment Fund (EIF).

Tuition Protection Service Advisory Board appointed
Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, has appointed 12 members to the new Tuition Protection Service (TPS) Advisory Board.

Government and industry to tackle ICT skills challenge
Industry groups, tertiary educators and world-leading technology companies are working with the Gillard Government to ensure the Australian workforce has the information and communications technology (ICT) skills needed now and in the future.

$26 million boost for the University of Canberra
A significant investment by the Gillard Government will ensure the University of Canberra can offer better access to a quality education experience.

UC Aurora partnership to support Indigenous education
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school and university students and graduates are better placed to plan and pursue further study thanks to a national partnership between the University of Canberra and the Aurora Project.

Award winners improve the university experience
Australia’s best higher education teachers have been recognised at the 2012 Australian Awards for University Teaching at the National Gallery Australia in Canberra last night.

2013 Skillaroos to compete on world stage in Germany
Thirty one young apprentices and trainees have been selected to represent Australia on the world stage as a Skillaroo in 2013.

Australia's best recognised at national training awards
Australia’s most outstanding apprentices, trainees, training providers, vocational teachers and businesses have been recognised for their commitment to skills development at the 2012 Australian Training Awards.

New research supercomputer Australia’s most powerful
A new supercomputer at Australian National University has been ranked the world’s 24th most powerful in the world and the most powerful in Australia.

Higher Education MoU signed with Malaysia
The Australian and Malaysian higher education sectors will forge closer and stronger ties after a new Memorandum of Understanding on Higher Education was signed in Perth today.

Australia on track to double diplomas by 2020
A new report released today has confirmed the Gillard Government is on track to deliver its commitment to double the number of diploma and advanced diploma completions by 2020.

New Perthbased USAsia Centre to drive regional engagement
A new $6 million USAsia Centre (USAC) will strengthen relations between the United States, Australia and the broader region from its base at the University of Western Australia.

New world-class Design Hub for RMIT University
A new $80 million centre for design research and teaching will help increase cross-disciplinary collaboration with industry in Australia and on the international stage.

Gillard Government invests in 29 new research projects at Griffith Uni
Griffith University will receive almost $10 million from the Gillard Government for a range of new research projects, including creating a quantum computer capable of solving problems exponentially faster than any classical machine.

Queensland Liberals must rule out cuts to TAFEs
The Gillard Government is seeking assurances from the Queensland Liberal National State Government that it will not reduce access and funding to the Queensland Vocational Educational and Training system.

2013 National Science Week to be even bigger and better
Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, today opened applications for National Science Week 2013 – an annual celebration of all things science.

$360m investment in uni research to benefit Australians
Australian universities will receive almost $360 million from the Gillard Government for a range of research programs across a variety of disciplines, including personal safety, resources, astronomy and health

More than 10,000 Australian students AsiaBound
More than 10,000 Australian students will receive grants to study in Asia and thousands more will have access to more generous student loans as part of the Gillard Government’s strategy to strengthen engagement with Asia.

University partnerships building the bridges to Asia
The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and China’s most prestigious universities have signed new strategic research partnerships, leading the way for further engagement in the Asian Century.

Boosting innovation in the Asian Century
Australia will forge stronger links between industry and research institutions to be a leader in innovation and take advantage of the opportunities of the Asian century.

Australian universities to be world’s best in the Asian century
Every Australian university will be encouraged to send students to universities in Asia to ensure the next generation of Australian leaders are Asia-literate, Minister for Tertiary Education Senator Chris Evans said today.

Leading Australian science centres to join forces
In a landmark agreement between the Australian and Victorian Governments, the Australian Synchrotron will become a truly national facility that will boost Australia’s scientific capacity and lead to more Australian scientific discoveries.

Australia invests in world’s biggest and best telescopes
A significant milestone for international astronomy has been marked with the completion of the first gigantic mirror of what will be the world’s largest optical telescope.

Appointments to CSIRO Board
The Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, has announced two changes to the CSIRO board including one new appointment.

Government to boost apprentices in construction trades by 21,000
The Gillard Government will increase the number of apprentices in construction trades and boost completion rates by ensuring they have increased support during their apprenticeship.

Universities to benefit from continued growth in SRE funding
Minister for Tertiary Education Senator Chris Evans has today rejected claims that the Commonwealth has reduced its commitment to achieving excellence in research.

Research and university funding remains at record levels
The Gillard Government will maintain its record investment in research, higher education and student support despite falling revenues and difficult budget conditions.

Apprenticeship reforms to kickstart trade training
Up to 21,000 plumbers, electricians, carpenters and other construction tradespeople will be recruited under reforms that will ensure the Australian economy has the skilled workers it needs.

Sydney musicians playing the right tune in the Asian Century
The Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Evans visited the University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music today to meet with staff and students who are leading the way in building greater linkages with their Chinese counterparts.

Top SKA astronomer named WA Scientist of the Year
Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, today congratulated leading Australian astronomer Professor Peter Quinn on being named WA scientist of the year.

Visit by UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser
A visit by Professor Sir John Beddington, the UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser, has reinforced the importance of global collaboration and ensuring education systems across the world are set up to deliver a pipeline of scientists for the future.

Groundbreaking Australian technology leads the way to SKA
The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), the world’s fastest radio telescope and one of the most powerful radio-astronomy instruments on the planet, will be officially opened in Western Australia’s remote Murchison today.

National skills partnership set to deliver for NT
A new partnership between the Gillard Government and Northern Territory Government will see more Territorians get the training they need to secure employment.

Tackling chronic disease in Northern Tasmania
People in northern Tasmania now have access to a full range of integrated health services to help manage several chronic and complex conditions.

$20 million power up for electrical apprentices
Around 2,500 electrical apprentices will benefit from a partnership between EE-Oz Training Standards and the Gillard Government.

Western Australia at the forefront of international carbon research
A new national research and development facility launched in Perth today will play a critical role in reducing Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by answering the key questions surrounding the storage of commercial-scale carbon dioxide (CO2).

Victorian women to bear brunt of Baillieu's TAFE budget cuts
Women across Victoria will bear the brunt of Liberal Premier Ted Baillieu’s $300 million TAFE cuts, Minister for Skills Senator Chris Evans said today.

Chisholm students and staff speak up against Baillieu’s savage TAFE cuts
Students and staff at Chisholm TAFE’s Berwick campus have today spoken out against the Baillieu Government’s severe cuts to the Victorian training system.

Geelong’s high tech fibre research centre on track
A new $100 million Australian fibres research centre currently under construction at Deakin University will transform Australia’s manufacturing and fibre related industries and the economy of the Geelong region.

Gordon TAFE students and staff speak out about savage TAFE cuts
Students and staff at Gordon TAFE have today spoken out about the impact of the Baillieu Government’s severe cuts to the Victorian training system.

Australian research breaks through computing barrier
An Australian research team has made a major computing breakthrough that will revolutionise the way data is processed and dramatically increase the number crunching capacity of future supercomputers.

Workers rally against Baillieu’s savage TAFE cuts
A rally by Victorian TAFE teachers and administration staff should be a wake up call for Tony Abbott to withdraw his support for the Victorian Liberal Government’s $300 million cash-grab from the training sector.

Australia leads the way with nuclear medicine initiative
Australia will be at the forefront of the global fight against cancer and heart disease after the Gillard Government announced a landmark nuclear medical research initiative.

Australia’s top university staff honoured
Australia’s most inspiring academic and professional staff have been recognised for enriching student learning with prestigious Citation Awards from the Gillard Government.

Baillieu's closing down sale – TAFEs going, going, gone
Tony Abbott is backing the Victorian Liberal State Government’s secret plan to rip the heart out of the Victorian TAFE system, which has been exposed by the embarrassing leak of a cabinet-in-confidence document.

Higher education blueprint to boost Indigenous graduates
A report released today has outlined a comprehensive roadmap to break down the barriers faced by Indigenous students to university education and create a new generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander professionals.

Industry groups back Government’s push for a national seamless economy
Key groups have united behind the Gillard Government’s reform agenda for a streamlined national licensing system designed to boost business productivity.

Australian graduates some of the best paid in the world
An Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report released last night shows that some of the most attractive wages for tertiary-educated individuals are found in Australia.

OECD confirms Government’s education reforms have delivered
An Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report released today confirms that the Gillard Government’s education policies and investment have provided record numbers of Australians with a higher education.

Enhanced MyUniversity website goes live
Hundreds of thousands of Australian students who are this month submitting their university applications for 2013 will get a helping hand to make their big decision a bit easier.

TAFEs the next victim of Campbell Newman’s wrecking ball
Premier Campbell Newman’s plan to slash the number of TAFE campuses around the State will mean thousands of Queenslanders will be denied access to training.

CSIRO astronomer lands top international SKA job
The Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, today congratulated Dr Phil Diamond on being appointed to head the international organisation overseeing the construction and operation of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.

Aussie scientists to tap into the minds of the world’s best
Some of Australia’s brightest young scientists and researchers will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and build international networks with Nobel Laureates and other young researchers from around the world.

Unprecedented leap in university enrolments
A study of census data by the Australian Council for Educational Research confirms the Gillard Government’s reforms of higher education have ensured more students are attending Australian universities than ever before.

Australia-China science and research collaboration in the spotlight
More than 130 leading Australian and Chinese scientists, researchers and government representatives are meeting in Melbourne this week to foster greater collaboration and further strengthen research and industry links.

Liberal Party exposed on increasing student fees
Opposition Education Spokesperson Christopher Pyne’s statement last week that the Liberal Party have no plans to increase student fees has been exposed on Meet the Press today.

UWS students speak up about university fee hikes
Students of Western Sydney today sent Tony Abbott a very clear message – his plan to increase student fees will make students change courses or reconsider university altogether.

WorldSkills showcases 500 of the best Aussie tradies
Five hundred of Australia’s most talented tradespeople will battle it out in the country’s ultimate skills competition for the chance to represent Australia on the world stage as a Skillaroo next year.

Hunter region gets boost to skills training
New state-of-the-art training facilities in Tomago will tackle skill shortages in the mining, construction, agriculture and transport industries with pre-employment, apprentice and post-trade training.

Government and NRL partner to tackle apprenticeship retention
Eleven experienced mentors will be employed by the NRL to help support Australian Apprentices complete their training in key trades, thanks to a grant of more than $2 million from the Federal Government.

Eureka moment for Australia’s best and brightest
Eighteen of Australia’s best and brightest scientists, researchers, science journalists and industry leaders have been recognised for their contribution to science and science communication at a prestigious awards ceremony last night.

Engineering training reform ensures success
The Gillard Government has reached a major agreement with industry that will help 3,000 engineering trades apprentices get qualified sooner and help meet the skills demands the economy needs.

Apprentices in the manufacturing industry gain support to succeed
Completion rates for apprentices in the manufacturing industry that are being affected by the changing structural nature of the economy are set to improve with a new $3.1 million support and mentoring package.

Tony Abbott’s plan to slash university numbers exposed
University of Western Sydney Vice-Chancellor Janice Reid confirmed that the Liberal Party’s policy to introduce full fee paying places at university will guarantee a restriction of places for qualified Australian students.

Abbott’s plan to slash uni funding and student places by 130,000
News Limited papers reveal Tony Abbott has plans to reinstate the cap on university student places, ripping away the opportunity of a university education from more than 130,000 Australians over the next five years.

Senate to debate Marriage Amendment Bill in week starting 17 September
The Australian Government will facilitate Senate debate of the Marriage Amendment Bill 2012.

Industry opposes Baillieu Government cuts to TAFE
Australian Industry Group chief executive, Innes Willox has today highlighted the absurdity of the Baillieu Government’s decision to cut $300 million from the Victorian TAFE system when the economy needs more skilled workers.

Science Week draws crowds across the nation
Thousands of Australians have attended events across the country as part of National Science Week, which draws to a close today.

Australian CRCs delivering innovation to the world
The Gillard Government’s record investment of $9 billion in science and research is delivering tangible economic benefits to the Australian economy.

International students entitled to local benefits
The Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, has welcomed the Queensland Government’s decision to allow international students with Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) to access treatment at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

Record investment sees universities rise in world rankings
The Gillard Government’s record investment in tertiary education has resulted in Australian universities being recognised amongst the world’s best in rankings released today.

Red tape reform offers significant benefits to the national economy
A new licensing scheme for plumbing and gas fitting, property, refrigeration and air-conditioning occupational licensing will provide an estimated annual benefit of more than $86 million to the national economy and boost labour mobility.

National Skills Week to inspire a brighter future
The Minister for Skills, Senator Chris Evans, will officially launch the second annual National Skills Week tonight at an event that will showcase the opportunities new skills can deliver.

More opportunities for Mid North Coast jobseekers
Two Mid-North Coast organisations will share $1.2 million to deliver job opportunities to create sustainable long-term employment opportunities for Indigenous people.

National Science Week to inspire tomorrow’s scientists
Australian scientists will be at the forefront of the century’s most important scientific project as plans to build the world’s biggest radio telescope take shape.

Senator John Hogg
The Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Chris Evans, today recognised the contribution and service of Senator John Hogg.

NRL Academic Team of the Year
A team of 17 professional Rugby League players are training for successful careers off the field through study and as role models to all league followers.

Future skills training a virtual reality
An Australian-first simulation facility in South Melbourne will be able to train up to 7,000 building and construction industry professionals and students a year.

Fornax to fire up WA computer research
A new $4 million terascale research supercomputer, funded under the Australian Government’s Super Science Initiative, will help researchers at the University of Western Australia to carry out leading-edge computational research.

Consultation on R&D quarterly credits
The Government has today released a public consultation paper to provide an opportunity for small and medium sized companies and other stakeholders to contribute to the design of the R&D Tax Incentive quarterly credits initiative.

Building Bridges to Higher Education for Western Sydney
A new partnership between the Gillard Government and Sydney universities will boost the number of students from Greater Western Sydney going to university.

Energy company switches on to staff training
Australian energy company Origin Energy is partnering with the Gillard Government to deliver training to 170 of its workers.

Gillard Government delivers more funding per university student
A new report by Ernst & Young shows that funding for university student places in 2013 will be 10.1 per cent or almost $2,000 higher because of the Gillard Government’s reforms.

Australia’s newest elite Laureates announced
Transforming Australian industry through technology, protecting the economy from unforeseen shocks and safeguarding coral reefs will be among the projects for Australia’s newest Laureates.

$19 million in extra funding for regional universities
Three regional universities will receive $19.6 million in federal government funding to improve their research capacity and drive stronger performance outcomes.

Australians to benefit from research by best and brightest
The best and brightest mid-career researchers could soon answer a myriad of 21st Century challenges such as how to stop underage drinking and if light rail is the solution to Australia’s urban transport problems.

Australia’s top vocational students recognised
Five hundred of the nation’s most skilled students have been recognised for their efforts in vocational education and training in schools.

National Carpenters’ Day reveals Australia’s best
Some of Australia’s best carpenters have used National Carpenters’ Day to battle it out for the title of the nation’s carpenter and apprentice carpenter of the year.

Nobel Laureate appointed to Questacon Advisory Council
Laureate Fellow Professor Brian Schmidt has been appointed as a part-time member of the Questacon National Science and Technology Centre Advisory Council for a three year term until 2015.

$33 million supercomputer to support SKA science
A new $33 million supercomputer to be installed at the purpose-built Pawsey Centre in Perth will soon help scientists around Australia and the world to uncover the secrets of universe.

Training to help single and teenage parents to access work
States and territories across the country will receive an additional $20 million from the Gillard Government to provide training for single and teenage parents to help them join the workforce.

National licensing system to boost labour mobility and cut red tape
A streamlined, nationally consistent licensing scheme for electrical workers would provide a $22 million annual benefit to the economy, growing to around $120 million after 10 years according to a Regulation Impact Statement released today.

Review proposes better links between astronomers and industry
Stronger links with industry and access to more overseas facilities for Australian astronomers are among the areas Australia’s national astronomical observatory will emphasise in the next few years, according to a new review released today.

University doors open to more regional and Indigenous students
University enrolments by regional and Indigenous students have increased to record levels, reversing an historical trend that has often seen them locked out of higher education.

Connecting Queenslanders to new resource jobs
Queenslanders will be supported to access jobs across the mining and resource sector with an $800,000 funding commitment from the State and Federal Governments for two new Queensland job coordinators.

NAIDOC Week celebrations mark Indigenous skills success
Skills Minister Senator Chris Evans has congratulated Adelaide motor mechanic Michael Clinch on being named 2012 NAIDOC Apprentice of the Year at a ceremony in Hobart last night.

Australians getting the qualifications for the jobs of tomorrow
The number of people choosing to study high skill qualifications through the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system has continued to grow strongly according to the latest data released by the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research.

East Asia education summit commits to strengthening global partnership
Countries attending the first East Asia Summit Education Ministers Meeting (EAS EMM) have committed to improve education delivery across the region.

Australian scientists contribute to historic breakthrough
Australian scientists have contributed to the international discovery of a new particle believed to be the Higgs boson - a scientific breakthrough generations in the making.

Awards set to inspire young scientists
Children fascinated by science have the chance to share in thousands of dollars for their school as part of the Young Scientists of the Year Award.

Appointments announced for ANSTO board
Professor Judy Raper, and the re-appointment of Professor David Copolov OAM, as part-time members of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) Board was announced today.

Appointments bring CSIRO Board to full strength
The Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, today announced the appointment of two part-time members to the CSIRO Board.

Industry-based research solving 21st Century challenges
Researchers, industries, communities and governments are partnering to solve some of the key challenges in areas such as medicine, the environment and the economy.

Thousands of students to benefit from Youth Allowance changes
More than 315,000 students who receive Youth Allowance or Austudy will be able to earn more from part-time and casual work without impacting on their payments, thanks to Gillard Government changes coming into effect tomorrow.

Better protection for international students
International students studying in Australia will be better protected when the Gillard Government’s Tuition Protection Service (TPS) commences this Sunday.

Research to help secure Australia's future
Australia’s four Learned Academies will provide the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council with research-based evidence that will support policy development in areas of strategic importance to Australia’s future.

Australia’s synchrotron to continue conducting world leading research
Australian researchers will continue to undertake vital research—in areas such as health, manufacturing and food security—in Australia thanks to a new program to manage researcher access to the Australian Synchrotron.

Industry driven system to tackle Australia’s skills challenges
The Gillard Government has passed legislation this week to create the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) which will strengthen Australia’s response to the nation’s skills challenge and boost productivity.

Mary Jo Fisher recognised for contribution to Senate
The Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Chris Evans, today recognised South Australian Liberal Senator, Mary Jo Fisher, for her contribution to the Parliament over the past five years.

Grants funding to boost quality of university teaching and learning
The Gillard Government will provide more than $4 million to support projects at some of Australia’s leading universities to improve teaching and learning in higher education institutions.

Spotlight on women in science, maths and engineering
Providing opportunities for women in science is crucial to ensure the future productivity and global competitiveness of the country, the Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, told a newly created bipartisan support group tonight.

Real-world results for MyUniversity revamp
A new report has recommended changes to the MyUniversity website that will help students to make better decisions about where they study.

Young grads teaching old hands new farm tricks
A group of young agriculture students and graduates is teaching the old hands of the primary industry sector a set of new tricks as part of the Primary Industry Centre for Science Education (PICSE) youth roundtable in Canberra.

Australian SKA Pathfinder Telescope construction complete
CSIRO’s Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope will begin science operations next year, with all 36 dishes now on site in the mid-west region of Western Australia.

CSIRO's WLAN technology wins international award
Australian science has been recognised as among the world’s best after the CSIRO inventors behind the WLAN technology last night won the European Inventors Award, Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, said today.

Research supercomputer to address national challenges
A $100 million world-leading supercomputer focusing on data-intensive research into climate change, earth science and national water management will open for business at the Australian National University (ANU) in 2013.

University of Sydney launches Indigenous strategy
A new strategy launched today at the University of Sydney will ensure greater university focus, improved outcomes and better access to education for more Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander students, academic staff and researchers.

Science projects to inspire Australians
Australians will be able to take part in hands-on local science activities thanks to a $5 million grant from the Gillard Government for Inspiring Australia projects across the country.

Upskilling Darwin maritime workers boosts resources sector
Maritime workers in Darwin are upgrading their skills while on the job, thanks to the Gillard government’s $700 million National Workforce Development Fund.

Government partnership links Indigenous workers to Resource Jobs
The Australian Government is partnering with the Northern Territory Government to better connect Indigenous workers in communities to meet the workforce needs of major resource projects in the Territory.

International House to give CDU students home away from home
An additional 72 students will have a new home on campus thanks to a $6.8 million extension to International House at Charles Darwin University.

New Heart for Griffith University’s Nathan Campus
The new heart of the Nathan Campus of Griffith University has been officially opened as part of the campus’ $105 million major redevelopment project

Upskilling Queensland construction workers
Construction workers in Brisbane are on track to upgrade their skills thanks to a training program co-funded by the Gillard Government and their employer, Northbuild.

Rockhampton library a virtual hub to connect students
The new-look library at CQUniversity’s Rockhampton campus was officially opened today after undergoing its first complete refurbishment since it first opened more than 30 years ago.

Transit of Venus marks strong ties with astronomy
Today’s transit of Venus is an opportunity to celebrate Australia’s rich achievement in astronomy.

Great Barrier Reef protection tools on show
Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans has visited the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences (AIMS) in Townsville to see first hand the ground-breaking work being done to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

CQU praised for rise in regional and Indigenous students
The Gillard Government higher education reforms have opened the doors to Central Queensland University (CQU) giving more students from central Queensland the opportunity for a university education.

Tropical Data Hub to tackle global research issues
Data on critical issues confronting the Australian tropics, ranging from coral bleaching to population growth, will be available through a new Tropical Data Hub at James Cook University in Townsville.

UTAS becomes hub for forestry and aquaculture
Two significant research facilities will be developed at the University of Tasmania thanks to a $5 million grant announced by the Gillard Government today.

Time ticks on Victorian TAFE job losses
The clock is now ticking on up to 2000 Victorian jobs after new data from the Victorian TAFE Association was released today showing the impact of the Baillieu Government’s decision to cut $300 million from Victorian TAFEs.

Indigenous students to study at Cambridge and Oxford
Three young Indigenous Australians have been given the opportunity to study at Oxford and Cambridge, after being named as recipients of Charlie Perkins Scholarships.

New CEO of the Australian Research Council
Professor Aidan Byrne is set to contribute greatly to Australia’s strong research future as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council (ARC).

SKA decision a breakthrough for Australia-New Zealand science
Australia and New Zealand will remain at the forefront of global radio astronomy after it was announced that the hosting rights for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope will be split between Australia-New Zealand and South Africa.

Strong Australian science gets bill of good health
A report released today by the Chief Scientist has confirmed that science in Australia is in good health and Australian researchers are among the best in the world.

Victorian TAFE cuts threaten jobs, courses and campuses
Federal Minister for Skills, Senator Chris Evans, today called an emergency meeting with Victorian TAFE directors to discuss the savage funding cuts imposed by the Victorian Liberal Government in its budget.

National Maths Day inspires amazing careers
National Mathematics Day is a great reminder to students about the opportunities studying mathematics can lead to including careers in robotics, animation, astronomy and carpentry, Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, said today.

Historic Medley Hall receives $9.5 million make over
Fifty-five students at University of Melbourne’s Medley Hall are benefiting from an upgrade of facilities that has transformed the 19th century building into state-of-the-art accommodation.

Award for outstanding CRC collaborations with business
Two Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) have been recognised with a national award for their work in partnership with industry to combat hearing loss and to make businesses more efficient and productive.

Sydney celebrates opening of first class marine research institute
International and Australian scientists can now access first class marine research facilities right on the edge of Sydney Harbour, after the $20 million Sydney Institute of Marine Science was officially opened today.

Productivity Commission gives Gillard Government reform top marks
A Productivity Commission report, Impact of COAG Reforms: Business Regulation and VET, has overwhelming endorsed the Gillard Government’s reforms of the Vocational and Education Training (VET) system.

Nick Sherry recognised for 22 years of Labor service
Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Chris Evans, today recognised Tasmanian Senator Nick Sherry for his significant contribution to the Parliament during 22 years of service.

Record investment opens the doors to nation’s universities
A record 770,000 students are expected to be enrolled at universities across the country by 2015 as a result of the Gillard Government’s landmark higher education reforms.

Training Australians to meet future workforce needs
The Gillard Government will invest almost $55 million over four years to train more Australians to meet the future skills needs of the new economy.

Investing in a quality training system to secure Australia’s future
The Gillard Government will continue to drive vital reform through its $15.6 billion investment in skills and training over the next four years.

Investing in science and maths for a smarter future
The Gillard Government is investing $54 million to the Chief Scientist’s Mathematics, Engineering and Science in the National Interest report.

Investing in world-class science and research
The Gillard Government will secure Australia’s competitive economic edge by boosting funding for science and research in universities by more than $126 million in 2012-13.

Victorian Government needs to ensure TAFE has a secure future
Reports today of the concerns raised by the Victorian Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Peter Hall, only serve to reinforce the Commonwealth's concern over the State Budget measures and their impact on TAFEs in Victoria.

Western Sydney manufacturing workers upskilling for jobs of tomorrow
Manufacturing workers in Silverwater in western Sydney are upgrading their skills while on the job, thanks to a training program funded by the Gillard Government in partnership with their employer.

Record university growth matching the skills demands of the economy
Australia will soon have hundreds of thousands more nurses, engineers, information technology professionals, scientists, doctors, architects and building professionals to take up the skilled jobs of the future economy.

Apprenticeship support system to be enhanced by new contracts
Improved support services for apprentices and their employers will be delivered by more than 20 organisations across the country, Minister for Skills, Senator Chris Evans, announced today.

Regional universities leading the way under new uni system
Figures released today show the number of university places offered by the Regional Universities Network between 2009 and 2012 rose 19.2 per cent - 3.1 per cent above the national average.

Skills boost for WA mining and construction industries
Almost 420 Western Australians will receive specialist training in construction and mining this year, thanks to a multi-million dollar upgrade of a South Guildford skills centre.

Australia's radioactivity measurement centre officially opened
Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, today opened the $8.7 million Environmental Radioactivity Measurement Centre in New South Wales, the only one of its kind in Australia.

Elitist perceptions of university breaking down as more students enrol
A surge in low socioeconomic students attending university shows Labor reforms are developing the talent that will help drive a high skilled and productive economy.

Labor acknowledges an outstanding contribution to public life
Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Chris Evans, today paid tribute to Bob Brown’s contribution to public life in Australia.

National collaboration to strengthen ECU research capability
Edith Cowan University (ECU) has joined forces with nine Australian universities to broaden our understanding of some of the key issues of our time.

$10 million boost for Prime Minister’s Science Engineering and Innovation Council
$10 million funding grant from the Gillard Government will ensure Australia’s four Learned Academies can undertake new research projects, under the direction of the Prime Minister’s Science Engineering and Innovation Council and the Chief Scientist.

Science working group set up to aid SKA site decision
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope project is moving forward with the establishment of a science working group to explore a range of SKA siting options.

My University to empower students to make the ‘right call’
Australian students will be able to choose the course and the university that is right for them using the new My University website.

Skilled American workers to fill labour shortages
Senator Chris Evans, Minister Chris Bowen MP, and the United States Ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey Bleich, today announced measures to assist linking Australian employers with skilled workers in the US to fill skill shortages in key sectors.

Aussie scientists bring home millions in wifi windfall
Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, today announced CSIRO had successfully settled litigation in the United States to licence the wireless local area network (WLAN) technology, invented in Australia in the 1990s.

Government and Woolworths help Australians to find work
Australians looking for work will be given assistance through a landmark jobs compact between the Gillard Government and Woolworths.

Condolences for Senator Judith Adams
Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Chris Evans, today expressed deep sorrow at the passing of Senator Judith Adams.

Boeing and CSIRO use science to drive innovation
A five-year $25 million strategic research program between CSIRO and Boeing will see new innovation in space sciences, advanced materials, energy and direct manufacturing which will drive improvements and productivity in the Australian economy.

Million dollar grant to help Nobel Laureate to continue mapping southern skies
Australian Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt will continue his ground-breaking work mapping the southern sky thanks to a $1 million extension of his Australian Laureate Fellowship.

Agreement secures future of the Australian Synchrotron
The future of one of the nation’s landmark research facilities - the Australian Synchrotron – has been secured under a $100 million agreement between the Australian and Victorian Governments.

VET report reveals skills reform on track
The Gillard Government’s record $11.1 billion investment in vocational education and training between the 2008 and 2010 financial years is paying dividends with more students getting a training qualification and a ticket to a rewarding working future.

National Science Week to showcase science across the country
Mashing mosquitoes, maths that make you laugh and a science musical are among the entertaining events to explore serious science during National Science Week 2012.

Global company adopts Australian research to clean water worldwide
Ground-breaking water cleansing technology developed by Australian Government scientists has been successfully commercialised and sold to the private sector.

University dream becomes reality at UWS for first in family and low SES students
The University of Western Sydney (UWS) has already exceeded the Gillard Government’s target of lifting the participation rate of students from low socio-economic backgrounds at Australian universities to 20 per cent by 2020.

Fulbright scholars critical to Australian research
Twenty-six Australians have been awarded scholarships to travel to the United States on an educational exchange program and participate in research projects with world leading experts.

Government ensures the Senate will deal with key legislation
A motion passed today will allow the Senate to sit additional hours and pass key legislation this fortnight that will strengthen Australia’s economy and ensure all Australians benefit from the mining boom.

Radical reform program to tackle skills shortage
Australia will suffer a skills shortage of almost half a million people by 2015 if the vocational education and training (VET) system is not radically transformed, Minister for Skills, Senator Chris Evans said today.

Helping hand brings Japanese students to Australia
One year since the earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan, students from three universities at the centre of the disaster have arrived in Australia to participate in study tours supported by a $500,000 Gillard Government grant.

Record numbers of regional students take up university
The numbers of Government funded student places at regional universities have risen by 22 per cent because of the Gillard Government’s transformational higher education reforms.

Exciting opportunities to be found from science and super collaboration
Strong investment in Australian science and research is key to driving higher productivity and forging a strong and sustainable economy, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, said today.

Australia-India collaboration to take on grand research challenge
Top scientists from Australia and India will receive funding for collaborative cutting edge research in the priority area of food and water security through Australia’s largest bilateral science fund.

Bob Carr welcomed to Labor’s Senate team
Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Chris Evans, today welcomed the announcement that Bob Carr will join Labor’s Senate team.

Gillard Government delivers greater protection for overseas students
Overseas students studying in Australia will be better protected after Gillard Government legislation passed through Parliament today.

International students are taking the first bus out of Victoria and NSW
It is time for both the New South Wales and Victorian Governments to see sense and provide transport concessions for international students, Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans said.

Record uni students to build a smarter, more prosperous nation
As universities start a new academic year, figures released by the Government today show a 27 per cent increase in the number of student places at universities since 2007, Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans said.

Senator Arbib recognised for outstanding contribution in the Senate
Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Chris Evans, today thanked Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Sport, Senator Mark Arbib, for his contribution to the Senate and the Australian Labor Party.

Students to take a leading role in international cooperation
Any international education strategy for Australia must include measures that equip our students to thrive in a global economy and an Asian Century, Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, said today.

Australia-China higher education forum to support university collaboration
Collaboration between leading Australian and Chinese universities will be strengthened after a joint higher education forum, to be held in Australia later this year, was announced today.

South Australia leads training transformation
The Commonwealth and South Australian Governments today announced a partnership that will radically reform the State’s vocational education and training system.

University funding boost will create a smarter and stronger Australia
The Gillard Government’s more generous indexation arrangements will inject an extra $367 million over the next four years to help universities meet the cost of quality research and training.

New data from the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education shows that more than 220,000 university offers have been made this year, an increase of more than four per cent compared to the same point last year.

The science and research partnership between Australia and China has been put under the microscope in a new report released today by Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans.

Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, will lead a high level delegation to China and Italy next weekend to promote Australia's bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the largest radio telescope in the world.

New data released by the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre shows the Gillard Government’s reforms are delivering increased opportunities for young Australians to attend university.

High quality maths and science graduates are vital to Australia’s future productivity and competitiveness in the global knowledge economy, Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, said today.

Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Senator Chris Evans, has completed a tour of key resource projects run by Rio Tinto, Woodside and CITIC Pacific in the Pilbara town of Karratha looking at demand for skilled workers in the resource sector.

Ensuring a quality higher education system, while giving more students the opportunity to get a university degree, is a major priority for the Gillard Government, Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans said today.

A new Fire Protection Centre of Excellence in Brunswick is today open for business and will offer the latest in training and technology to those in the fire protection industry.

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) today becomes fully operational as Australian universities welcome a new era of increased enrolments.

Nominations opened today for the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science - Australia’s most prestigious science awards.

Western Australia’s remote Murchison Shire offers a unique radio quiet environment for the world’s most advanced radio telescope, Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans said today.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard today announced reforms to Australia’s peak science advisory body to make it more relevant and responsive to the immediate challenges and opportunities facing the nation.

The Gillard Government recognises young Australian students must be encouraged to further their studies and take up careers in science and maths to address skill shortages and benefit the Australian economy.

The Acting Minister for Innovation and Industry, Senator Chris Evans, has welcomed the release of an independent report which shows Australia is well positioned as an innovative nation amongst global competitors.

Tens of thousands of additional students will have the opportunity to attend university this year as a result of the Gillard Government's reforms which have removed the limits on university places.

An army of apprentices have helped rebuild, renovate and repair flood and cyclone damaged homes, businesses, community and sporting facilities under the $83 million Queensland Natural Disasters Jobs and Skills package.

The Tasmanian Innovation and Investment Fund, which aims to boost local employment by backing innovative business ideas, has generated widespread interest with 112 businesses applying for assistance.

Around 20,500 tertiary students in regional areas will be able to access greater support through Youth Allowance from 1 January.

Students on the mid-north coast of New South Wales will benefit from an investment of $20 million for a major new health education facility in Port Macquarie.

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