The latest Training Hub, and the first in WA, has opened in Armadale. Read the CCIWA article.
This report argues that Australia should select permanent skilled migrants for their long-term economic potential.
Read the major new report from the Grattan Institute
Nine regional METS companies are attending the Austmine 2021 Conference and Exhibition at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre this week as guests of the State Government. Held every two years since 2005, the event has become the leading mining innovation conference in the world.
Read the Media Release by Minister for Innovation and ICT, Hon Don Punch
A report by the Expert panel for Digital transformation has been approved by the Australian Industry Skills Commission and was published on May 12th 2021. "The Learning Country" asserts that lifelong learning needs to be enshrined in policy and culture and that Australia's digital transformation will draw on cognitive and 'human' skills as well as digital competence. The report contains five focus areas; system settings, industry leadership, learner support, teaching and learning and training products.
By examining responses to past economic downturns and recessions, both in Australia and internationally, this paper discusses the role of vocational education and training (VET) in mitigating the effects of economic downturns on young people and assisting them to move into employment.
Read the NCVER Report
A series of articles in The Conversation highlight the perception across Australia's university sector, that they have been abandoned by the federal government, and ignored in the 2021-22 budget.
This article by Frank Larkins and Ian Marshman argues "For greater financial certainty, universities must look to state-based plans for purpose-built quarantine facilities to enable at least some international students to return in 2021-22. The budget contained none of the funding requested for such facilities." Professor Andrew Norton argues in this piece that "University research is facing a crisis with no real precedent. Australia’s research boom was fuelled by the profits on international students that are now disappearing." And John Shine of the Garvan Institute argues here on a lack of 'basic science' funding in the budget, that "If universities are being asked to pivot away from over-reliance on international student income, and towards research commercialisation, there must be a basic science pool to help fuel this translation of research findings into commercial outcomes."
62 events awarded funding as part of Tourism Western Australia's 2021-2022 Regional Events Scheme
Read Minister Templeman's media statement
Australian Industry Group have published a report (28th April 2020) that drew on employer surveys from December 2020. Amongst other findings it describes Australia's skills environment as less developed than international peers and recommends improved connections between industry, government and skills and education providers, urgent attention to basic digital upskilling, increased focus of soft skills and an increase in wage subsidies to encourage employers to take on young people and displaced workers.
The latest report for the Productivity Commission's PC Productivity Insights series, Things you can't drop on your feet: An overview of Australia's services sector productivity, explores the productivity potential of Australia's vast services sector. Read the report.
Print isn’t dead: major survey reveals local newspapers vastly preferred over Google among country news consumers
Read the report