The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has delivered an address to the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy on the role played by each level of education in the Government's productivity agenda. See transcript of speech 10 July 2010.
The new Australian Government Education Minister, Simon Crean, has released the final Terms of Reference for the a forthcoming review of school funding. The review will be completed by the end of 2011, before the beginning of the next funding period which starts in 2013. See Minister's statement 9 July 2010. See also article in The Daily Telegraph on funding for Catholic schools in NSW, opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, and opinion piece on ABC Radio's The Drum Unleashed all 15 July 2010.
The Making of Modern Australia is a new, four-part, 'people’s history' of post war Australia on ABC television. This documentary series draws on the memories of ordinary Australians to reveal profound social and cultural shifts in Australian life. It explores themes that are part of our day to day social life: Childhood, Love and Relationships, Home and Faith. The series commences 8.30pm Thursday 22 July 2010. The program's interactive website invites Australians to 'become part of a community of storytellers. Once you're a member, you'll be able to create your own story pages, share, rate and comment on other member's stories and create a profile for yourself'.
A boom in the number of education tutors has been attributed to the impact of NAPLAN and to parents' desire to enter their children in specialist public schools. See article 10 July 2010 in The Sydney Morning Herald.
The joint SLAQ/IASL Conference will be held from 27 September–1 October 2010 in Brisbane. Pre-conference workshops are available, led by national and international leaders in the field of schools and libraries. The theme is: Diversity, Challenge, Resilience: School Libraries in Action.
Teachers in Tasmania have been subjected to an increasing number of violent attacks, according to the Australian Education Union (AEU), but teachers are reluctant to restrain students because of unclear guidelines. See article in The Mercury 14 July 2010.
The NSW Department of Education and Training International has recently hosted an event at the Shanghai World Expo to showcase NSW educational institutions to potential Chinese students. Chinese students represent more than a quarter of all international student enrolments in NSW, the largest group of all international students in the State, which accounts for 42 per cent of Chinese student enrolments in Australia. See statement 13 July 2010 by NSW Premier Kristina Keneally.
A panel of experts has been established to help guide the future directions for state education in Queensland over the next decade. See statement by Queensland Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson 15 July 2010.
The University of Western Sydney (UWS) is introducing a Doctor of Education degree that includes a research program which rewards professional innovations. The degree is targeted to education executives and senior educators. See UWS statement 13 July 2010.