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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
$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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
$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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
RECORD NUMBER OF AUSTRALIANS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO UNIVERSITY
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.
REPORT PUTS AUSTRALIA–CHINA SCIENCE COLLABORATION TO THE TEST
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.
OVERSEAS DELEGATION PROMOTES AUSTRALIA’S SKA BID
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.
REFORMS OPEN MORE UNIVERSITY OPPORTUNITIES FOR SA SCHOOL LEAVERS
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.
MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES ESSENTIAL FOR AUSTRALIAN PROSPERITY
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.
GOVERNMENT BACKS AUSTRALIANS FOR JOBS IN THE RESOURCES SECTOR
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.
RENEWED LINKS TO CREATE AUSTRALIAN WORKFORCE READY FOR TOMORROW'S JOBS
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.
NEW FIRE PROTECTION CENTRE TO DELIVER VITAL TRAINING
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
ENSURING QUALITY AS UNIVERSITY RANKS SWELL TO RECORD LEVELS
The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) today becomes fully
operational as Australian universities welcome a new era of increased enrolments.
2012 PRIME MINISTER’S PRIZES FOR SCIENCE
Nominations opened today for the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science - Australia’s
most prestigious science awards.
ALL QUIET AT REMOTE SITE FOR WORLD'S BIGGEST RADIO TELESCOPE
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.
REVITALISED PRIME MINISTER'S SCIENCE COUNCIL
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.
SCIENCE AND MATHS A PRIORITY FOR GILLARD GOVERNMENT
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.
AUSTRALIA CONSIDERED A GLOBAL INNOVATOR
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.
GILLARD GOVERNMENT OPENS UNIVERSITY DOORS TO MORE AUSTRALIANS
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.
HARD WORKING APPRENTICES REBUILD CHERISHED COMMUNITY FACILITIES
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.
BROAD INTEREST FOR INVESTMENT FUND TO BOOST TASMANIA
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.
GILLARD GOVERNMENT GIVES A HELPING HAND TO REGIONAL STUDENTS TO ATTEND UNIVERSITY
Around 20,500 tertiary students in regional areas will be able to access greater
support through Youth Allowance from 1 January.
$20 MILLION FOR HEALTH EDUCATION FACILITY IN PORT MACQUARIE
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.