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The Productivity Commission’s final report into the National Agreement on Skills and Workforce Development (NASWD), recommending that governments should continue their agenda for more contestable funding for the VET sector, will see a further narrowing of options for students and diminish Australia’s vocational education sector.
Latest Government data from the NCVER shows that federal government funding for VET fell by a further $123.1 million in 2019. A further fall from the $315 million cut in 2017-2018.
The Federal Government has allocated more than $1 billion in additional funding between the Catholic and private school sectors while completely ignoring public schools.
The Education Council must commit to guaranteed permanent funding to enable all children access to 15 hours per week of preschool education in the year before full-time schooling.
The latest Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) report has revealed the impact of the Federal Government’s deeply inequitable school funding policy and its failure to provide targeted resources and support to address the lower achievement levels for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Nine out of ten public school principals report having to access funds from other areas of school budgets to make up for significant shortfalls in Commonwealth funding for students with disability, according to the latest “State of our Schools” survey.
A call to increase the certainty of Commonwealth funding to guarantee access to preschool is welcome recognition of the critical role that Early Childhood Education (ECE) has in providing equity of opportunity for all children to get the best start to their education.
On World Teachers’ Day, we celebrate and recognise the achievements of the teaching profession. Teachers who are taking the lead in crisis to ensure all students can continue their education.
A major study by the Mitchell Institute and Victoria University Educational Opportunity in Australia 2020: Who succeeds and who misses out? provides further evidence of the deep inequality entrenched across Australia’s education system.
A Fifty Acres-Pollinate Survey among a nationally representative sample of 1001 Australians aged 18+ has found that almost all Australians feel it’s important that federal funding to TAFE is increased in order to help recovery from the recession.
The Morrison Government’s failure to commit to funding for preschool beyond next year fails to provide certainty for families and the preschool sector.
In what has been an extraordinary year due to COVID-19, public schools have been ignored by the budget in what can only be perceived as an insult to teachers, parents and students that are struggling under the most trying conditions.
The Morrison Government’s federal budget of ‘Jobs, Jobs, Jobs’ has failed TAFE, the nation’s trusted public provider of vocational education.
A new independent report released today reveals Australian public schools will miss out on $19 billion in funding over the next four years.
Australia’s poor ranking in the latest OECD report on worldwide education indicators provides further evidence of the impact of government school funding policies on resource equity, staffing, student opportunity and outcomes.
Public school teachers spend on average $874 of their own money each year on essential school resources for their students, according to the latest “State of our Schools” survey.
The latest OECD report on worldwide education indicators has confirmed that public investment into Australia’s public education system is below the OECD average.
Three quarters of teachers say that NAPLAN is ineffective as a method of assessing students according to the latest “State of our Schools” survey.
A new Australian Education Union (AEU) submission to Federal Government has called for significant and ongoing investment into Australia’s public schools, preschools and TAFE system in October’s Federal Budget, to provide decades of equity, opportunity, security and future prosperity for all Australians.
The recommendations from today’s NAPLAN review provide little hope that the proposed new Australian National Standardised Assessment (ANSA) will be any better than the incredibly flawed and damaging NAPLAN system it is proposed to replace.
A new report demonstrating TAFE’s role in Australia’s decades-long economic success story has warned that failing to invest in the sector will destroy one of the primary engines of economic growth, prosperity and equity in the Australian economy.
The Productivity Commission National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development Review Interim Report into the future of skills and workforce development in Australia favours private providers, increasing contestability, student loans and vouchers and fundamentally fails to ensure TAFE’s future as the pre-eminent public provider of high-quality Vocational Education and Training (VET) across the nation.
The Morrison Government’s Economic and Fiscal Update highlights its failure to provide a single dollar of additional support for public schools during the COVID-19 crisis, and ignores the potential economic stimulus that investing in public education would bring for the nation.
Only by investing in TAFE can the Morrison Government provide the skills that Australia will need to create jobs, opportunities and recover from the economic costs of the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than three-quarters of TAFE staff have considered leaving in the past three years, according to the results of a national survey released today.