Students sit next to the quadrangle at the University of Sydney.
More students than ever before have the opportunity for higher education but their choices are being undermined by a confusing admissions system in much need of reform.
More than 50 arts training programs across the nation, including circus, may no longer be supported by the federal government.
The past two years have not been happy ones for the arts sector in Australia. It all began in early 2014 with federal Ministers Brandis and Turnbull telling artists at the Sydney Biennale that they were…
Some 478 courses, including one in hairdressing creative leadership, will not be subsidised from 2017.
The government is right to cut back on funding certain VET courses that have low-enrolment rates and are unlikely to lead to work.
Women are likely to be disproportionately affected by the new VET student loan scheme.
Placing greater control over student fees will not lift the quality of student outcomes and ensure the integrity of the qualifications issued.
Simon Birmingham said all private education institutions would have to apply to be eligible for the new program.
A crackdown on the widely rorted vocational education and training student loan program aims to reduce outstanding HELP debt.
There is little regulation about how private schools spend public funding.
Australia’s school funding model provides high levels of public funding to private schools, while also allowing them to charge fees.
University of Canberra professorial fellow Michelle Grattan and senior lecturer in political science Michael de Percy discuss the week in politics.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham is calling for a new education funding model to replace Gonski.
Instead of a needs-based model, we ended up with an inconsistent patchwork of approaches across Australian states and territories that protected the vested interests of non-government schools.
Simon Birmingham said the government would work with the states for a new post-2017 deal ‘tied to evidence-based school improvement initiatives’.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham has released figures to prepare the way for a major overhaul of federal funding for schools.
Has education spending gone up while student achievement has stalled?
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The Productivity Commission has said that education spending has substantially increased over the last decade but student achievement has shown little or no improvement. Is that true?
Will proposed reforms to VET FEE-HELP tackle abuse by private providers?
Under the proposed plan for reform, there is still a risk that private providers will continue to shop between the Commonwealth and the states for the best price and conditions.
Science graduates struggle to find jobs straight after graduation.
Confusing short-term jobs with long-term career outcomes is a distraction from the real issues in science higher education.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham says the results are extremely encouraging.
Teaching graduates are expected to meet new test standard from July 1 this year.
Bill Shorten visits a childcare centre in Glen Waverley to announce Labor’s new childcare policy.
Labor has pitched a A$3 billion childcare policy to families, promising to lift the annual cap on the childcare rebate from $7500 to $10,000.
In a speech to a Universities Australia dinner, Education Minister Simon Birmingham stressed that he would not rush into a new higher education policy.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham has flagged that the government is still committed to reconsidering the balance between what students and governments pay for higher education.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham has been consulting extensively on a university policy, but has not yet announced one.
With the higher education sector still in limbo about the government's plans for it, Universities Australia is calling for certainty and warning of the damage done by the current vacuum.
How have student enrolment patterns changed since the government introduced the “demand-driven” system in 2012?
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Is Universities Australia right to say that new data shows that the growth in new university enrolments has flat-lined?
Is Education Minister Simon Birmingham right to say Australia runs one of the most generous student loan schemes in the world?
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Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, said this week that Australia runs one of the most generous student loan schemes in the world. Is that right?
The year’s nearly ended, but we’re still not sure how to best fund our universities.
2013 was the year of Gonski; 2014 the year of higher education reform; 2015 has been the year of … hmmm … wait, what actually happened this year? Just a lot of chat really, with much debate, but little…
Education Minister Simon Birmingham.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Simon Birmingham about his negotiations for a new higher education package, efforts to crack down on rorting in the vocational educational sector and the government's overhaul of the childcare system.