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More than 50 arts training programs across the nation, including circus, may no longer be supported by the federal government. Julian Smith/AAP

Arts training is an essential part of an innovative nation

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…
Simon Birmingham said all private education institutions would have to apply to be eligible for the new program. Lukas Coch/AAP

New VET loan scheme to exclude shonky providers

A crackdown on the widely rorted vocational education and training student loan program aims to reduce outstanding HELP debt.
Bill Shorten visits a childcare centre in Glen Waverley to announce Labor’s new childcare policy. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Labor would boost childcare rebate cap to $10,000

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.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham has been consulting extensively on a university policy, but has not yet announced one. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Universities Australia calls for certainty in higher education funding

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.
The year’s nearly ended, but we’re still not sure how to best fund our universities. from www.shutterstock.com

2015, the year that was: Education

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. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Politics podcast: Simon Birmingham on education reform

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.

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