Where to next on higher education reform?
Though more moderate than the 2014 version, the new higher education reform package represents groundhog day for the major political parties.
While it may not be perfect, Gonski 2.0 greatly improves equity in the way we fund Australian schools.
The passage of the new schools funding program is a big win for Australian children.
The government is making frantic efforts to seal a deal on its school plan before parliament adjourns for the winter break.
Simon Birmingham met Catholic education representatives on Monday night, receiving such a haranguing that at times it was difficult for him to get a word in.
The government is counting on a deal with the Greens or the support of most of the other Senate crossbenchers to pass its schools funding package.
Critics are expected to speak out in the partyroom on Tuesday, demanding more information about the effects of the schools package on the Catholic sector.
Sarah Hanson-Young has come up against the pressure of the Australian Education Union.
Some Liberals love to deride Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young. In the past, the government’s immigration minister and attack dog, Peter Dutton, was particularly insulting when she was spokeswoman in his…
Catholic schools haven’t always received government funding.
Federal and state government funding to the Catholic sector does not necessarily then flow straight to the school.
Haunted by the unpopular 2014 budget, the government is treading more carefully with its new education policies.
Malcolm Turnbull is trying to take some of the shine off Labor’s political advantage on education.
The Turnbull government is seeking to seize the political initiative on schools, with a big funding injection and the appointment of David Gonski to chair a 'Gonski 2.0' review.
There could be much bigger changes ahead for universities.
Hidden in the detail of the latest higher education reform package, there are talks of creating teaching-only universities.
Simon Birmingham said the reforms were ‘fair, reasonable and necessary’.
The government is seeking savings of $2.8 billion from higher education over the budget period, in another attempt at a major shake-up of Australia's university sector.
Malcolm Turnbull and Simon Birmingham with preschool children at a childcare centre.
Here's how the government's new childcare plan will change the way families are given assistance with paying for child care.
Simon Birmingham said the Turnbull government has ‘already had great success in terms of reducing the rate of price growth’.
The education minister says that under Labor there were child care price spikes of up to 14% over a 12 month period, but under the Coalition those have fallen to "around 6% on average". Is that right?
Universities will now need to use common language around their admissions processes.
The government has announced it will accept recommendations to make the university admissions process more transparent. But that alone isn't enough.
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.