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Senator the Hon Chris Evans. Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research.

Minister Chris Evans


The Australian higher education, science and research sectors play a key role in the growing knowledge and innovation-based economic health of Australia. They also underpin the intellectual, social and environmental debate that underpins Australian society.

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Australian Training Awards logoTraining awards recognise Australia's best


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.




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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.

Aus-China 40 years of collaboration logo Copyright: DFAT 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.

Female researcher looking into a microscope. Copyright Shutterstock.Building Australia's research strengths

Australia's smaller less research-intensive and regional universities are partnering with other institutions to combat pressing issues like the future of the Murray Darling Basin, mental health, environmental management and regional development.


Saturday, 2 February 2013

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.
Friday, 1 February 2013

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.


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