The AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things (the AWESOME Festival) is set to return from September 28th 2020, marking the first physical festival in Perth since quarantine measures related to Covid-19 were announced in March. The 2020 AWESOME Festival will take place from 28th September to 2nd October in the Perth Cultural Centre. The Festival showcases an array of events including theatre, dance, music, film, literature, visual arts and creative hands-on activities, created for children 0-12 and their families. The 2020 festival will feature the world premiere of The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, a retelling of May Gibbs' classic picture book presented by the West Australian Ballet's Young Artists, WAAPA and Perth Symphony Orchestra.
Learn more about the Awesome Arts Festival and view the program
Sport is a key element of a cohesive and thriving national community. It is a tool for achieving outcomes in areas such as education, health, leadership development and fair play, and is unrivalled in its ability to link heart, mind and body, to connect individuals and to inspire communities.
Increasingly, all sporting organisations are being held accountable for their governance. Governance is not only relevant to large national sporting organisations; it is important for all organisations in the sector. It is for this reason that these Sport Governance Principles were co-designed through a whole-of-sector engagement.
These principles can be used throughout the Australian sport sector, from small local clubs to large national organisations, but the details and explanations tend to be most applicable to national sporting organisations and state/territory sporting organisations. Read more and download the Sport Governance Principles
This NCVER publication presents information on VET in Schools, the vocational education and training (VET) undertaken by school students as part of their senior secondary certificate of education.
In 2019, there were:
In 2019, compared with 2018, VET in Schools students increased by 2.2%.
From 2015 to 2019, VET in Schools students decreased by 8.3%. Read more and download this report.
The Australian Swim Schools Association (ASSA) has reported that its 2020 Annual Conference - held online from Monday 27th to Friday 31st July - succeeded in delivering a program that had been designed to provide the most value to swim schools as well as giving them the opportunity to remain connected.
ASSA General Manager, Emily McNeill advised that with the global pandemic we are all living, the Association had not been able to deliver an in-person conference instead running the event in a virtual format over five days, with sessions running three hours per day that included a series of networking and round table discussions. Key areas of focus were Leadership, Product, People, Promotion and Performance, with McNeill stating “we had over 20 incredible industry and non-industry experts deliver these topics who both inspired and engaged. Read more
Greater opportunities will be provided to Australians seeking to train for a career in cyber security according to the federal Government's new cyber security strategy. The strategy was released in Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020, a report that details the Government's 10-year, $1.67 billion plan to create "a more secure online world for Australians, their businesses and the essential services upon which we all depend". The report states: "A Cyber Security National Workforce Growth Program will develop a skilled cyber workforce that can address emerging threats and new challenges, and maximise the benefits of the global economy’s shift online."
Read Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020
Read the media release
Read media responses in The Conversation and IT News
The Perth Concert Hall is set to receive a $30 million upgrade and investment over the next three years as part of the State Government's WA Recovery Plan. Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman announced the redevelopment as part of a $76 million arts and culture plan intended to support the sector to rebound after the impacts of Covid-19 and quarantine restrictions. The works will see the restoration and redevelopment of the building and forecourts to "create an accessible, functional and active cultural hub connecting the city to the Swan River".
Other arts and culture projects to be funded include:
Read the full media statement
The State Government has announced one of the most significant investments in sport and community infrastructure in Western Australian history, with a $300 million package as part of the government's $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan. The funding consists of:
Read more about this funding. For the full list of projects, visit http://inthistogether.wa.gov.au
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) Culture and the Arts is conducting a targeted survey to assess COVID-19 impacts on employment and revenue in the creative industries in Western Australia. The survey is the creative sector’s opportunity to provide critical data for a statistically reliable survey on the employment and revenue impacts of COVID-19 on the broader creative industries across WA. They are seeking contributions from freelancers, businesses and organisations engaged in creative industries who create, perform, produce or present artistic or cultural works.
Take this short survey and help to build a robust and reliable sector profile for Western Australia, understand the current situation, and plan for the future. The survey will remain open until Friday 21 August 2020.
The McGowan Government has announced funding for the construction of new state-of-the-art training facilities at North Regional TAFE's Broome and Kununurra campuses.
As part of the Rebuilding our TAFEs plan, $10 million has been allocated for a hospitality training centre in Broome, and $6 million has been allocated for a health and hospitality trade training centre at the Kununurra campus.
The new centre in Broome will provide students with a contemporary training environment and will be home to a new live works training restaurant and alfresco café. The centre will ensure students are job-ready and equipped to take up local employment opportunities in the hospitality and tourism industry as well as in the wider region such as catering in mine sites.
Live training restaurants add vibrancy to local communities and foster better industry partnerships while delivering industry-standard training.
The upgrades at North Regional TAFE's are part of the $167.4 million investment in capital works projects.
Read the full ministerial media statement.
As part of the WA Recovery Plan, the McGowan Government has announced a world-class hospitality and tourism training centre will be built at South Metropolitan TAFE's Mandurah campus.
The $9.17 million centre will replace an ageing home economics-style room to enable training of apprentice chefs in the Peel region. The centre will also focus on engaging local secondary students, young people and the long-term unemployed in vocational education and training.
The centre is set to improve the Peel region's capacity to train job-ready, highly skilled chefs, as well as front of house staff, event coordinators and tourism workers.
Read the full ministerial media statement.