Education Minister, Simon Crean, announced that an expert panel has been established to advise the Government on reform options for the Australian Apprenticeships system.
The seven member Apprenticeships for the 21st Century Panel will be chaired by Mr Jim McDowell and includes industry and union representatives and academics.
The panel will examine training arrangements to improve outcomes for apprentices and industry. It will report to Government by the end of 2010.
The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, announced a comprehensive suite of transparency and accountability measures to accompany the introduction of ISP filtering of Refused Classification content.
The Government also announced it will recommend a review of the Refused Classification guidelines to the States and Territories and welcomed support from the major Internet Service Providers to block a list of child abuse URLs.
Education Minister Simon Crean has released the final Terms of Reference for the first comprehensive Government review of school funding in over 30 years. Mr Crean said the Review of Funding for Schooling will consider how schools in Australia are funded in the future and lay the foundation for ongoing investment in the sector. DEEWR Media release, 9 July 2010
A new report released by the Australian Communications and Media Authority confirms that Australians are increasingly able to view video content on their own terms, including when, where and how they want it. The report is part of the ACMA's ongoing research program into the application of emerging technologies. ACMA, 30 June 2010.
The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has announced that Simon Crean is the new Minister for Education, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, and Minister for Social Inclusion. Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, 28 June 2010.
This article, in Research Development Volume 23, Issue 23 (2010), by John Ainley (ACER CEO) describes the latest findings of the National Assessment Program- ICT Literacy, conducted by ACER for the Australian government, which show some mixed results in Australian students? proficiency with computers.
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