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Commission of Audit report

1 May 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Deep cuts to welfare and basic government services are being urged in a five-volume plan to slash $70 billion a year from federal outlays. ………………………………………………………………………………………………….................................... Deep cuts to welfare and basic government services are being urged in a five-volume plan to slash $70 billion a year from federal outlays. The “formula for the future” from the National Commission of Audit outlines savage cuts to the age pension, unemployment benefits, family tax benefits, the Medicare Safety Net, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, education and other programs used by millions of Australians. The … [Read more...]

Davis bullish on fees

The Age     |    19 April 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The vice-chancellor of Melbourne University has backed a review of student fees if tertiary funding is cut in next month's federal budget. ………………………………………………………………………………………………….................................... Glyn Davis says it is a ''reality'' that students may have to contribute a greater share of the cost of their education or quality would be sacrificed. The question is: do we just take the cuts or is there some scope to lift fees? Do we run down our universities or do we look at other sources of income? No one wants to introduce higher fees but the reality won't go away just because it is … [Read more...]

Workforce advisory agency abolished

The Australian     |   14 April 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) will be terminated and its functions transferred to the Department of Industry from 1 July 2014. ………………………………………………………………………………………………….................................... Confirming the agency’s disbandment to staff, AWPA chairman Philip Bullock said that the move is in line with the government’s plan to "streamline its advisory processes" and  that the board wants to ensure a “smooth transition”. He said AWPA’s strategies, reports, modelling and research documents had been used by industry and governments at all levels. There are few times in our … [Read more...]

The Scan | #139 | 27 September 2013

 ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Pyne sends mixed message 27 September   2013   |   In his first interview as education minister, Christopher Pyne says his priorities are to “repair” international education, reduce red tape and review the demand-driven system.  Pyne said that international education issues would be tackled “sooner rather than later”, given the economic impact of a 20% to 25% decline in Australia’s biggest non-mining export industry. he nominated reducing universities’ regulatory load as the other high priority, guided by the recommendations of the recent … [Read more...]

The Australian Higher Education Supplement 25 September 2013

This is The Australian‘s own summary of lead items in its online edition. As this is a subscription service, you or your organisation will need to have a subscription to The Australian to view the full article. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Pyne vows to fix uni system John Ross THE Coalition has nominated international education as its highest priority for the sector. Visa test for study-abroad plan Bernard Lane WELL over a half-million Australians head off on holiday to Bali every year. It's quality not quantity for Pyne … [Read more...]

TDA Weekly Newsletter 23 September 2013

In this edition Tertiary education split in new administrative arrangements Victorian training reforms detailed by Victorian Minister Peter Hall Training and job opportunities in Adelaide Young Australians over qualified and underemployed Gender imbalance and discrimination rife in ICT sector Connecting with Asia breakfast seminar Time to reform apprenticeships - Holmesglen Transport and logistics E-scan seeking input TDA study mission to Germany and UK Best practice in using scores from standardised  English proficiency tests Diary Dates Tertiary education split in new administrative arrangements Technical and vocational education … [Read more...]

The Scan | #138 | 20 September 2013

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Education and training separated There was speculation after the announcement of Tony Abbott's ministry early in the week as to who would be handling VET matters within the education portfolio. The VET side of the tertiary sector has actually landed in the lap of former and once more industry minister Ian McFarlane, along with science and research. It's a curious decision to separate the tertiary sector in that way, although not without precedent: VET was located in the business portfolio in Victoria in 2006 but reunited with  education by … [Read more...]

The strange case of the missing science minister

The Conversation   |  17 September 2013 Does it matter that, for the first time, more of less, in over 80 years that Australia doesn't have a specifically designated "minister for science"?    Probably not a lot: the highest profile science minister in that whole time was former quiz master Barry Jones who, despite his cleverness and celebrity,  had next to no clout in the Labor government of the 1980s/90s.  He is perhaps best remembered for the "cadastre" - a  spaghetti and meatballs depiction of the "knowledge nation" he devised for Labor leader Kim Beazley in 1999, when Jones was no longer in Parliament.   In this opinion piece, Rod Lamberts and Will J Grant argue that science needs a … [Read more...]

The new ministry

16 September 2013 As widely expected, Christopher Pyne, the Liberals' education spokesperson in opposition, is to be appointed education minister in the incoming Coalition government and presumably will take carriage for higher education as well as schools education.  Sussan Ley is to be appointed the assistant minister for education and  Scott Ryan is to be appointed parliamentary secretary to Pyne . Former shadow spokesperson for universities and research, Senator Brett Mason, is to be appointed as a parliamentary secretary in foreign affairs. Asked about the allocation of duties within the education portfolio, the prime minister-designate  Tony Abbott said: Higher education and … [Read more...]