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Many more skilled workers will be needed in the future, not least to enable the clean energy transformation.

How to get fiscal dividend from a jobs, skills and training virtuous cycle

Reforms in vocational and higher education, and migration, can realistically aim to promote economic growth and would more than repay the upfront investment cost.

  • Peter Dawkins

Singapore’s Keppel swoops on school, uni campus for new fund

The Asian asset manager has snapped up two Sydney properties, worth $198 million in total, for its growing Australian education portfolio.

  • Nick Lenaghan
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the energy transition was on track.

Palaszczuk ‘full steam ahead’ on renewables despite blowout risks

The Palaszczuk government has committed $62 billion to wean the state off fossil fuels, but fears have been raised about cost blow-outs on the mega-projects.

  • Mark Ludlow
Brendan O’Connor wants to shift the perception TAFE and private vocational education providers are inferior to university.

Students not the only ones dropping out for better-paid work

Skills Minister Brendan O’Connor says low pay is a factor in apprentices failing to complete their trades training, but not the only reason.

  • Andrew Tillett

Higher subsidies don’t solve childcare costs - and may make them worse

The Albanese government’s response to the competition watchdog’s latest report on the childcare sector was disappointingly shallow.

  • Ronald Mizen
Education Minister Jason Clare says he likes the idea of naming and shaming childcare centres that charge over-the-top fees.

Government threatens to ‘name and shame’ childcare centres gouging

Margins in the sector are highly varied, with head office expenses and the cost of chains trying to grow chewing up large operators’ profits.

  • Nick Bonyhady and Julie Hare
Poor behaviour in Australian schools is detrimental to a positive learning environment.

How to turn around Australian kids’ appalling classroom behaviour

Australia’s education system has consistently been marked down when it comes to the behaviour of students and the capacity of teachers to manage classrooms.

  • Glenn Fahey
Australia has among the highest priced childcare in the OECD.

Market forces in childcare have failed families: ACCC

Childcare in Australia is less affordable than almost all other comparable countries and despite government contributions being almost double the OECD average.

  • Julie Hare


Victoria University’s Peter Hurley says a national skills passport could be a “powerful” tool if users trust the information contained within it.

Is a skills passport a ticket to job mobility?

A national skills passport should include non-formal education to more accurately capture jobseekers’ skills, experts say.  

  • Euan Black

Australia’s most powerful people in education in 2023

There are significant changes ahead for the way children are taught in schools and the cross-section of students at universities.

  • Julie Hare
The Yale University campus in New Haven, Connecticut.

Wealthy parents are spending $1.2m to get kids into top unis

With 24/7 tutors and lots of hand-holding, high-end consultants are taking the admissions race in the US to the next level.

  • Francesca Maglione and Paulina Cachero
Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney is campaigning around the country for the Voice.

Voice will give Indigenous kids ‘a fair shot’: Burney

In a forceful rebuttal of the No case, the Indigenous Australians minister will point to the Coalition’s Remote School Attendance Strategy as failed policy.

  • Tom McIlroy and Tom Rabe
Geoff Hutchinson.

The Carlyle Group considers tilt at Affinity Education; bankers up

Street Talk understands Hutchinson is working with RBC Capital Markets to prep an indicative offer for the early childhood education business.

  • Sarah Thompson, Kanika Sood and Emma Rapaport

Opening doors to China is good for everyone

Learning, education and knowledge can change our relationships and the world. We need to know this Asian giant more, not less.

  • Vicki Thomson
Despite concerns about cheating, Australian public school principals say AI needs to be embraced by schools.

Schools and business embrace AI, but do we know what they’re doing?

Artificial intelligence seemingly lets students and workers do new and exciting things more efficiently, but without care, we risk sacrificing genuine knowledge for short-term gains.

  • Paul Smith
Teachers suspect AI is often being used for school assignments.

Teachers are helpless to stop AI cheating

At least half of all school teachers have had to mark assignments they were certain had been written by ChatGPT, a government inquiry hears.

  • John Davidson
Adrian Camm

Is banning AI in state schools dudding students?

Westbourne Grammar principal Adrian Camm has embraced artificial intelligence in his classrooms to give his students the edge, but others are warning not to move too fast.

  • Ronald Mizen
Public universities will not be able to meet targets in the universities accord on their own.

Private colleges the only way to get to O’Kane’s big target

The universities accord holds at its core a doubling of the number of university students by 2050. The only way to get there is to embrace the private sector.

  • Peter Hendy


Professor Schmidt, on his moon ball bean bag in his office, was the person behind Christopher Pyne’s “I’m the fixer” moment.

Outgoing ANU boss predicts greater role for private colleges

A 20-year horizon on higher education will be very different from today, says Brian Schmidt, who revealed his role behind Christopher Pyne’s “fixer” moment.

  • Julie Hare
Beginning teachers are just that – at the start of their career and we chould expect nothing more.

New teachers should have our support, not denigration

Much of the debate around initial teacher education disregards facts and is undermining the newest members of our most noble of professions.

  • Mary Ryan