Australian Government, 2008‑09 Budget
Budget

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (continued)

Election Commitments

Education Revolution — Higher Education — HECS reduction for Maths and Science students and HECS‑HELP remission for Maths and Science graduates

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 37.5 117.7 197.7 272.8

The Government will provide $625.8 million to encourage more students to study maths and science and pursue related careers.

From 1 January 2009, HECS for commencing maths and science students will be reduced from $7,260 to $4,077 (the national priority rate). This reflects the national importance of maths and science and aims to encourage more students to study these disciplines.

New maths and science graduates will also be eligible for a 50 per cent reduction in their HECS repayments if they pursue a career in the field, including teaching. This will help ensure that more graduates stay in maths and science professions following graduation. Students graduating from the second semester 2008 will be eligible for the reduction.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Higher Education — James Cook University Dental School

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 34.6 3.7 5.0 6.2

The Government will provide $49.5 million over four years from 2008‑09 to support the James Cook University to establish a new school of dentistry in Cairns. This measure will help address skill shortages in dentistry, especially in Northern Queensland.

This includes $33.0 million for capital infrastructure, $9.4 million for 60 new Commonwealth supported university places in dentistry each year and $7.2 million for clinical training outreach.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Higher Education — phasing out full fee paying domestic undergraduate places at public universities

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 17.6 49.6 78.2 103.6

The Government will provide $249.0 million over four years from 2008‑09 to phase out domestic full fee paying undergraduate places at public universities from 2009.

Universities will be compensated for the loss of revenue from fee paying places through the provision of funding for 11,000 Commonwealth supported university places.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Higher Education — Scholarships for a Competitive Future

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 9.9 33.6 71.9 123.2

The Government will provide $238.6 million over four years from 2008‑09 for the Scholarships for a Competitive Future program, to increase the number of higher education graduates in areas of skills shortages.

The measure will double the number of students receiving Commonwealth Scholarships from 44,000 to 88,000 by 2012. Further, two new scholarship categories will be created:

  • The National Priority Scholarship will be available for students enrolled in undergraduate degrees in identified priority areas such as nursing, teaching, science and engineering; and
  • The National Accommodation Scholarship will be made available for students who have to relocate interstate to study specialist courses not available in their home state.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Higher Education — University of Notre Dame — additional places and capital funding

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 8.3 2.2 3.5 4.6

The Government will provide $18.6 million over four years from 2008‑09 for an additional 80 teaching, 20 nursing and 30 medical Commonwealth supported higher education places each year at the University of Notre Dame. The new places will start to be available in 2009. The measure includes capital funding of $7.5 million in 2008‑09 to establish additional training infrastructure at the University's Sydney and Fremantle campuses.

This measure will assist in addressing skills shortages in teaching, nursing and medicine in Western Australia and New South Wales and support the University of Notre Dame in focusing on its core strengths of teaching and health.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Skilling Australia — school grants for on‑the‑job training

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 14.0 28.0 28.0 27.9

The Government will provide $98.0 million over four years for grants of up to $10,000 to schools to enable Year 9‑12 students engaged in vocational education and training, to participate in on‑the‑job training one day a week for 20 weeks a year.

Schools will be able to use the funding to employ a community coordinator to establish relationships with local employers and connect students with local businesses.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Skilling Australia — Skilling Australia for the Future

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 33.3 232.6 412.2 620.3 620.3

The Government will provide $1.9 billion over five years to implement a number of initiatives that will address skills and labour shortages in Australia, including the delivery of up to 630,000 additional training places over five years. The Government will allocate:

  • $884.6 million over five years to provide up to 238,000 additional vocational education and training places to individuals outside the workforce. The training will target the literacy, numeracy and general skills necessary for people to re‑enter the workforce and will be targeted at qualifications that meet industry skills needs;
  • $704.6 million over five years to provide up to 392,000 new training places for people currently in the workforce who need to retrain or upgrade their skills to better meet the needs of industry and employers. These places will be delivered in cooperation with States, Territories and employers;
  • $242.2 million over five years to extend the existing Australian Apprenticeships program to support up to 85,000 new Australian Apprenticeship places over five years. The places will be divided between continuing workers and re‑entrants to the workforce and will be available across a range of certificate levels within the Australian Qualifications Framework;
  • $83.2 million over five years for strengthened Industry Skills Councils to provide the Government with integrated industry intelligence and advice on workforce skills development. The Industry Skills Councils will be responsible for developing high quality training products, offering employers advice about skills needs, matching skills needs with training and providing advice on the allocation of new training places for continuing workers; and
  • $4.1 million over five years for Skills and Training Information Centres to provide a one‑stop advisory service to employers, prospective students and training providers.

Funding for this measure will be partially provided from the redirection of funds from Skills for the Future — work skills vouchers and Skills for the Future — business skills vouchers for apprentices.

See also the related savings measures titled Skills for the Future — work skills vouchers and Skills for the Future — business skills vouchers for apprentices.

See also the related expense measure titled Skills Australia — establishment in the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Skilling Australia — Skills Australia

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 2.6 3.0 4.0 5.0 5.0

The Government will provide $19.6 million over five years to create Skills Australia, a statutory body which will advise the Government on current and future demand for skills and training in the Australian economy.

Skills Australia will comprise economic, industry, academic and education experts who will draw on industry, employer and employee organisations and States and Territories in developing their advice to the Government.

See also the related expense measure titled Education Revolution — Skilling Australia for the Future in the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Improving our schools — Digital Education Revolution

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 100.0 400.0 300.0 200.0 200.0

The Government will provide $1.2 billion over five years to implement the Digital Education Revolution. A National Secondary School Computer Fund will be established to provide grants of up to $1.0 million to eligible secondary schools to assist them in providing new or upgraded computers and communications technology to students in Years 9 to 12.

Funding will also be available to contribute toward the provision of high speed fibre‑to‑the‑premises broadband connections to schools and to provide support to ensure the effective deployment and installation of computers and ICT equipment purchased under the Fund.

Additionally, funding will be provided for collaborative work between the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments and non‑government school systems and industry to develop a unified technical framework and to fund administration costs of Block Grant Authorities which will manage funding for non‑government schools.

The measure will be implemented in partnership with State and Territory governments.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Improving our schools — Education Tax Refund — refundable tax offset

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Australian Taxation Office - 1,015.0 1,095.0 1,135.0 1,165.0

The Government will introduce a 50 per cent Education Tax Refund on eligible educational expenses from 1 July 2008. Eligible families can claim up to $750 for each child undertaking primary school studies (that is, a refund of up to $375 per child, per year) and $1,500 for each child undertaking secondary school studies (that is, a refund of up to $750 per child, per year). These amounts will be indexed annually from 1 July 2009.

The Education Tax Refund will help working families meet the cost of educating their children through primary and secondary school.

The Education Tax Refund will apply to expenses incurred from 1 July 2008 and will be claimed upon assessment of a 2008‑09 income tax return. Those eligible will receive the full value of the Education Tax Refund, regardless of their income tax liability.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Improving our schools — Enterprise and Career Education Program — school and business linkages

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6

The Government will provide $6.4 million over four years to strengthen partnerships between schools and businesses and improve vocational education and training in schools. The program will also develop a Job Ready Certificate for students and help provide students with relevant work placements and industry experience.

Funding for this measure will be provided from the redirection of funds from Career Advice Australia.

See also the related savings measure titled Career Advice Australia in the Responsible Economic Management package of measures.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Improving our schools — establishing a National Curriculum Board for Australian Schools

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0

The Government will provide $20.0 million over four years to establish a National Curriculum Board. The Board will develop a national curriculum from kindergarten to Year 12 in the areas of English, Mathematics, the Sciences and History.

A national curriculum will assist in ensuring that young Australians are equipped with the skills necessary to participate effectively in the workplaces of tomorrow. It will also reduce the difficulties eight separate education systems cause for families with school age children when moving interstate.

The Government will work with State and Territory governments and the Independent and Catholic education systems to develop a national curriculum for all Australian schools.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Improving our schools — Local Schools Working Together

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 20.0 20.0 17.5 5.0 -

The Government will provide $62.5 million over four years for 25 pilot projects across Australia to build facilities that will be shared between government and non‑government schools. The facilities provided will include assembly halls, computer and science laboratories, libraries, sporting facilities, music and performing arts centres, vocational education workshops and specialist language facilities. The projects will be located in high population growth areas where there is a lack of such facilities to support curriculum options, and in circumstances where schools have the capacity to share facilities effectively. The program will ensure that school children will have access to a wider range of facilities than if they were provided on a school‑by‑school basis.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Improving our schools — Mentors for Our Students

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 1.3 1.3 1.3 1.3

The Government will provide $5.0 million over four years to establish a pilot volunteer mentoring program to give recently retired professionals and tradespeople the chance to pass on their knowledge and skills to secondary students in Australian schools. Grants of up to $50,000 each year will be available to 25 communities on a competitive basis to establish the pilot program through existing Local Community Partnerships. Funding will meet training and associated costs for mentors.

Funding for this measure will be provided from the redirection of funds from Career Advice Australia.

See also the related savings measure titled Career Advice Australia in the Responsible Economic Management package of measures.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Improving our schools — National Schools Assessment and Data Centre

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 2.9 5.5 4.4 4.5

The Government will provide $17.2 million over four years to establish an independent National Schools Assessment and Data Centre. The Centre will collect data and report on key performance measures for schools, as agreed by the Council of Australian Governments, to ensure transparent and timely national assessment and reporting of literacy and numeracy outcomes for Australian school students.

Funding for this measure will be provided from the redirection of funds from the Quality Outcomes Program.

See also the related savings measure titled Quality Outcomes Program in the Responsible Economic Management package of measures.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Improving our schools — Orthodox Jewish Schools — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 -

The Government will provide an additional $16.0 million over four years from 2007‑08 to support improved educational outcomes in Orthodox Jewish Schools where their unique circumstances and special needs result in anomalies in their funding arrangements.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Improving our schools — Preparing Australia for the Future — National Asian Language and Studies in Schools Program

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 10.0 21.2 31.2 -

The Government will provide $62.4 million over three years from 2008‑09 to fund the National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program. This will provide expanded opportunities for students to become proficient in an Asian language.

This measure will support the study of Japanese, Indonesian, Mandarin and Korean languages by providing additional Asian language classes in high schools and additional teacher training and support. Funding will also assist in developing a specialist curriculum for students who display advanced abilities in Asian languages and Asian Studies programs.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Improving our schools — Trade Training Centres in Schools Program

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 233.1 242.9 253.1 263.7

The Government will provide $2.5 billion over ten years to implement the Trade Training Centres in Schools Program. The Program will provide facilities to enhance vocational education opportunities for students in Years 9 to 12 in every Government and non‑Government secondary school.

Funding will be provided through a national application process to build or upgrade metal, woodwork, automotive, building and construction, electrotechnology and other trade workshops. By providing access to high quality, relevant education and training opportunities students will be encouraged to complete Year 12 or equivalent qualifications and to pursue an apprenticeship or vocational qualification in school.

Schools can seek between $500,000 and $1.5 million in total over the life of the program to build or upgrade trade workshops, computer laboratories and other facilities to enhance the vocational education and training experience of students.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Early Childhood — additional child care places

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 44.9 26.1 12.7 13.1
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 1.4 5.4 5.5 5.6
Total - 46.2 31.5 18.1 18.6

The Government will provide $114.5 million over four years to establish 38 new child care centres across Australia to increase the availability of child care for families in areas of child care shortages. These centres will be operational by 2010 and will include six early intervention centres for children with autism.

This measure is the first phase of the Government's commitment to establishing 260 new child care centres. The remaining 222 centres will form part of a National Partnership agreement with the States and Territories, to be negotiated by the Council of Australian Governments.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Early Childhood — Australian Early Development Index — national rollout

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 3.0 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs -0.7 -1.0 -1.2 - -
Total 2.3 3.3 3.1 4.3 4.3

The Government will provide $20.2 million over five years to extend the Australian Early Development Index across Australia, which will assess every starting primary school student, in the government and non‑government sectors.

The Australian Early Development Index is a population‑based tool which enables communities to assess children's development by the time they reach school. The Australian Early Development Index will enable communities and schools to effectively tailor their resources and programs to meet the developmental needs of children. This measure will benefit all young children.

This measure includes existing funding of $2.8 million previously provided to support the Australian Early Development Index, which is to be transferred from the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs under the machinery of government changes.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Early Childhood — Child Care Tax Rebate — increase from 30 per cent to 50 per cent

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 340.3 376.0 410.2 444.5

The Government will provide an additional $1.6 billion over four years to increase the Child Care Tax Rebate for out‑of‑pocket child care expenses from 30 per cent to 50 per cent. This will help families with cost of living pressures and increase workforce participation by providing greater assistance with the cost of child care. As part of this measure the maximum out‑of‑pocket expenses claimable will increase from $4,354 to $7,500 per child per year.

From 1 July 2008, the Child Care Tax Rebate will be paid quarterly, instead of annually, to provide families with assistance closer to the time they incur child care costs.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Early Childhood — Early Childhood Education Workforce Strategy — 50 per cent HECS‑HELP remission for early childhood education teachers with a HECS‑HELP debt working in eligible regions

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - 3.0 4.0 5.4

The Government will provide $12.4 million over three years to provide a Higher Education Contribution Scheme‑Higher Education Loan Program (HECS‑HELP) remission of 50 per cent (valued at $1,600 per year for five years) to all early childhood education teachers working in a regional, remote or in a high disadvantaged area. The remission will be indexed and the value of the remission will not be greater than the individual's HECS‑HELP debt.

This measure is part of the Government's National Early Years Workforce Strategy which aims to improve recruitment and retention in child care services, provide incentives and opportunities for child care workers to improve their qualifications and develop expertise in early learning and care. This will increase the level of qualified staff in preschool and child care services, particularly in areas of high needs.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Early Childhood — Early Years Learning Framework

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 2.5 - - -

The Government will provide $2.5 million in 2008‑09 to develop, in consultation with States and Territories and early childhood experts and educators, an Early Years Learning Framework. The Framework will provide nationally consistent standards for the delivery of quality early childhood learning that emphasises play‑based learning and pre‑literacy and pre‑numeracy skills.

Funding for this measure will be provided from the redirection of funds from the Government's savings initiatives.

See also the related savings measures titled Australian Apprenticeship Workforce Skills Development Program and Realising Our Potential — Core Curricula Standards Program in the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Early Childhood — Helping Parents Prepare their Children for School — Home Interaction Program

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 3.1 5.8 8.3 9.9

The Government will provide $32.5 million over five years (including $5.4 million in 2012‑13) through the Brotherhood of St Laurence for the national rollout of the Home Interaction Program for disadvantaged children aged three to five years.

The program will provide funding for home tutors, books and associated educational resources to help parents improve children's school readiness. This program will support around 3,000 families and 8,000 children across 50 disadvantaged communities.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Early Childhood — Jobs, Education and Training child care fee assistance — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 7.7 6.9 4.6 4.7

The Government will provide $23.9 million over four years to extend assistance under the Jobs, Education and Training child care fee assistance program. The child care fee assistance provided for eligible parents will be extended for up to two years of study rather than the current one year of study only.

The Jobs, Education and Training child care fee assistance program provides extra assistance with the cost of approved child care for low income parents receiving income support, who are the principal carers of children up to 15 years of age. Those who need assistance with child care costs while undertaking activities such as study, job search, work or rehabilitation as part of their mandatory participation requirements, will receive help them to make the transition to work. This measure will further assist those parents who are studying under the program.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Early Childhood — Strong Quality Standards in Child Care

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 5.7 5.4 5.6 5.5

The Government will provide $22.2 million over four years to develop new national quality standards in child care, including the development of a five category quality rating system. The system will be used to accredit child care services, and will build on the current Child Care Quality Assurance system.

This measure will provide parents with a simple, clear and independently assessed rating that will enable them to assess the quality of child care and make a better informed choice about where they send their children.

Funding for this measure will be provided from the redirection of funds from the Government's savings initiatives.

See also the related savings measures Australian Apprenticeship Workforce Skills Development Program and Realising Our Potential — Core Curricula Standards Program in the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Early Childhood — Workforce Strategy — additional university places for early childhood education

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 2.2 8.2 17.2 26.4

The Government will provide $53.9 million over four years to fund 500 additional Commonwealth supported university places for early childhood education qualifications. Places will be available each year from 2009 to 2011 and this will result in 1,500 additional commencing places by 2011.

This measure is part of the Government's National Early Years Workforce Strategy which aims to improve recruitment and retention in child care services, provide incentives and opportunities for child care workers to improve their qualifications and develop expertise in early learning and care. This will increase the level of qualified staff in preschool and child care services, particularly in areas of high need and complements the Government's decision to remove TAFE fees for children services courses.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Early Childhood — Workforce Strategy — removal of TAFE fees

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 8.9 16.3 17.4 17.7

The Government will provide $60.3 million over four years to remove fees from 2009 for the Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas of children services courses delivered at Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions.

This measure is part of the Government's Early Childhood Education Workforce Strategy which aims to improve recruitment and retention in child care services, provide incentives and opportunities for child care workers to improve their qualifications and develop expertise in early learning and care. This will increase the level of qualified staff in preschool and child care services, particularly in areas of high need, and complements the Government's decision to provide additional university places for early childhood education qualifications

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Education Revolution — Early Childhood — universal access

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 13.5 40.0 80.0 100.0 300.0

The Government will provide $533.5 million over five years to deliver universal access to early learning for all Australian four‑year olds.

The funding will provide for 15 hours per week, 40 weeks per year of play‑based learning and development programs to be delivered by university qualified early childhood teachers. Initially the measure will focus on targeted access programs, and development of preschool standards.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Other measures

Education Revolution — Higher Education — building better universities

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 500.0 - - - -

The Government will provide $500.0 million in 2007‑08 to Australian universities as a contribution towards capital investment in five priority areas including IT communications in research and teaching, laboratories, libraries and places to study, teaching spaces, and critical student amenities. The measure will begin to address past capital under investment in these priority areas.

Funding will be distributed among universities through grants taking into account each university's share of funds under the existing Institutional Grant Scheme and its share of total domestic students.

Education Revolution — Higher Education — enhanced connectivity between Centrelink and university systems

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 0.5 - - -

The Government will provide $0.5 million in 2008‑09 to accelerate the full implementation of information technology system linkages between universities and Centrelink. This will enable universities to notify Centrelink on a weekly basis of any enrolment and study load changes of recipients of student income support. This will replace the current manual system of quarterly notification and lengthy data processing by Centrelink and will help ensure that recipients of student income support will not be over or under paid due to time lags in updating changes.

Education Revolution — Skilling Australia — Commonwealth Trade Learning Scholarship — extension of scholarship for early completion of apprenticeship

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -

The Government will provide $1.5 million over four years from 2007‑08 to extend the Commonwealth Trade Learning Scholarship to Australian Apprentices in skills shortage trades. Scholarships will be extended to those who successfully complete an apprenticeship before the end of their first or second year of training.

Previously, eligible Australian Apprentices in trade occupations that are experiencing a skills shortage received an annual Commonwealth Trade Learning Scholarship payment of $500 only at the end of each of their first and second years. This measure removes the disincentive to Australian Apprentices who are able to complete their training faster.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Education Revolution — Skilling Australia — Employer and apprentice incentives for apprentices in skills shortage — remove the prior‑qualification rule

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -

The Government will provide $26.6 million over four years from 2007‑08 to enable employers of Australian Apprentices with prior qualifications to receive incentive payments under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program. This measure will encourage the take‑up of apprenticeships in trades experiencing a skills shortage.

Previously, employers of apprentices with prior qualifications above the Certificate II level could not access these incentives.

In addition, apprentices with prior qualifications will now be able to claim the Commonwealth Trade Learning Scholarship and the Living Away From Home Allowance.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Education Revolution — Skilling Australia — Employer incentives for intermediate qualifications

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -

The Government will provide $2.9 million over four years from 2007‑08 to fund additional incentives for employers of apprentices who attain one of the six newly recognised intermediate building and construction training qualifications. Employers have not previously received incentives under the Australian Apprenticeship Incentives Program for apprentices training for these qualifications.

The Australian Apprenticeship Incentives Program provides employers with financial incentives to encourage their employment of apprentices.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Education Revolution — Skilling Australia — WesTrac National Skills Training Centre of Excellence and Television Technical Operators College — contribution

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -

The Government will provide $16.2 million in 2007‑08 to provide one‑off grants to the Television Technical Operators College and the WesTrac National Skills Training Centre of Excellence.

Funding of $7.2 million will be provided to Global Television, the largest independent facilitator of television broadcast in Australia, to establish a Television Technical Operators College to increase the supply of skilled and proficient television technical operators. Funding of $9.0 million will be provided to support the establishment of a national skills training centre by WesTrac Australia Pty Ltd to enhance mechanical and related trades training that supports the mining, construction and transport industries.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Education Revolution — Improving our schools — National Action Plan for Literacy and Numeracy

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 95.5 157.6 160.7 163.5

The Government will provide $577.4 million over four years to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes for students in Australian schools in support of a National Action Plan for Literacy and Numeracy. Details of the plan are to be finalised during 2008 with state and territory governments through the Council of Australian Governments reform process and in conjunction with the non‑government school system.

The Government is committed to developing programs with States and Territories to improve literacy and numeracy in schools.

Funding for the measure will be provided from the redirection of funds from the Realising Our Potential programs: National Literacy and Numeracy Vouchers, Rewarding Schools for Improving Literacy and Numeracy Outcomes and Summer Schools for Teachers.

See also related savings measures titled Realising Our Potential — National Literacy and Numeracy Vouchers Program, Realising Our Potential — Rewarding Schools for Improving Literacy and Numeracy Outcomes Program and Realising Our Potential — Summer Schools for Teachers Program in the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio.

Other measures in the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio

Election Commitments

A Fairer and Flexible Workplace Relations System

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Office of the Workplace Ombudsman - 5.8 11.9 - -
Australian Industrial Registry - 3.2 2.9 3.6 3.6
Total - 9.0 14.8 3.6 3.6

The Government will provide $31.0 million over four years to implement a fairer and flexible workplace relations system. The Office of the Workplace Ombudsman will be provided with additional funding of $17.7 million over two years to manage the transition from Australian Workplace Agreements and statutory individual contracts to the new workplace relations system. The Australian Industrial Registry will be provided with additional funding of $13.3 million over four years to lodge Collective Agreements and rationalise and simplify awards.

See also the related expense measure titled A Fairer and Flexible Workplace Relations System in the Education Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Australian Office for Youth

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -

The Government will provide $6.9 million over four years to establish the Australian Office for Youth. The Office will identify core issues impacting on young Australians, engage with Government departments, and analyse how Government initiatives affect young people. It will also provide advice to Government on measures that may be of benefit for young Australians.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Australian Youth Forum

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0

The Government will provide $8.0 million over four years to establish a new Australian Youth Forum to bring together youth representatives to discuss important youth issues and improve youth services. The Forum will be the primary communication channel between the Government and the young people of Australia to give young Australians a strong voice in Government.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Local Community Centres — contribution

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 1.1 - - -

The Government will provide $1.1 million in 2008‑09 to regional communities as a contribution towards the construction and fit out of five community centres. The centres will provide a meeting place and other resources for a range of local community groups.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Textile, clothing and footwear outworkers — homeworkers code of practice

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 -

The Government will provide $4.0 million over four years to help develop and promote accreditation of employers under the Homeworkers Code of Practice for the textile, clothing and footwear industry and the `No Sweat Shop' label in Australia. This measure will assist in ensuring that vulnerable workers in the textile, clothing and footwear industry are not exploited and that minimum legal standards and conditions are met.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Work and family support for small businesses

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 3.6 4.0 4.4 -

The Government will provide $12.0 million over three years to support small businesses to implement family friendly working arrangements. Support for small businesses will include small grants of between $5,000 and $15,000 each to assist in developing and implementing initiatives such as family and breastfeeding rooms for employees with young children and funding workplace mentoring programs.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Other measures

Centre for Social Impact — endowment to establish the centre

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -

The Government provided $12.5 million in 2007‑08 towards an initial endowment to establish the Centre for Social Impact at the University of New South Wales. The Centre will help enhance business engagement with the not‑for‑profit sector and help build the capacity and effectiveness of the sector.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Higher Education Endowment Fund — funding reallocation

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -304.0 304.0 - -

The Government will reallocate funding of $304.0 million from the Higher Education Endowment Fund in 2008‑09 for disbursement from the new Education Investment Fund in 2009‑10, bringing total funding in that year to $608.0 million. The Higher Education Endowment Fund will be closed and its assets subsumed in the Education Investment Fund. The funding has been reprofiled in order that allocations can be directed following the completion of the Higher Education Review.

The Government will immediately commit $500.0 million in additional funding in 2007‑08 for capital expenditure in teaching and research facilities and appropriate student amenities by universities through the Building better universities measure.

See also the related capital measure titled Investing in Higher Education in the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio.

Public Policy Institute of the University of Melbourne — contribution

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 15.0 - - - -

The Government will provide $15.0 million in 2007‑08 towards the establishment of the Public Policy Institute at the University of Melbourne. Funding provided by the Government will be supplemented by state, university and private contributions. The Institute will encourage evidence‑based public policy debate, focusing on major challenges and opportunities facing Australia in the areas of the economy, education, environment, government and society.

Workplace relations reforms — protected action ballots

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - 0.1 0.1 0.1

The Government will provide $0.3 million over three years to meet the full cost for all mandatory protected action ballots conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission in relation to protected industrial action. Currently, the Government meets 80 per cent of the cost of protected action ballots and the applicants meet the remaining costs. By meeting the full cost of protected action ballots, the Government will promote easier access to such ballots and reduce the administrative costs that they have on the parties involved. This measure will commence on 1 January 2010 and forms part of the Government's fairer and more flexible work place relation reforms.

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