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Budget | 2015-16

Budget 2015-16
Australian Government Coat of Arms, Budget 2015-16

Part 2: Expense Measures (continued)

Education and Training

Adult Migrant English Programme — expansion

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Education and Training 14.5

The Government will provide $14.5 million in 2015‑16 to expand the Adult Migrant English Programme for one year to include refugees who hold temporary substantive visas, including Temporary Protection Visas, Safe Haven Enterprise Visas and Temporary (Humanitarian Concern) Visas. The programme provides up to 510 hours of English language tuition to eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants to help them learn basic English language skills to assist with their settlement in Australia.

Australian Consensus — establishment

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Education and Training

The Government will provide $4.0 million over four years from 2014‑15 to help establish the Australian Consensus. The Australian Consensus, which will be based on the Copenhagen Consensus approach, will bring together leading economists and other experts to deliver advice on the costs and benefits of solutions to national, regional and global challenges.

Funding for this measure has already been provided for by the Government.

Australian Early Development Census — saving

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Education and Training

The Government will achieve savings of $4.6 million over three years from 2014—15 from the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) until 2016—17. The AEDC data collection will continue and third parties and government agencies will continue to be able to use the AEDC data for research and analysis.

Savings from this measure have already been provided for by the Government.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies — preservation of Indigenous cultural resources

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies 5.0

The Government will provide an additional $5.0 million in 2015‑16 to continue the preservation of a range of documentary and audio‑visual materials held in non‑digital form by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. The restoration of the Institute's collection of Indigenous film, video, recorded sound and pictorial material will help ensure these resources are preserved and accessible to future generations.

Families Package — National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education — extension

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of the Treasury 124.5 418.0 297.5
Department of Education and Training 1.5 1.5
Total — Expense 124.5 419.5 299.0

The Government will provide $843.0 million over three years from 2015‑16 to extend the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education for the 2016 and 2017 calendar years. To provide certainty to parents and pre‑schools, this funding will give a further two cohorts of pre‑school children the opportunity to participate in early childhood education and care through accredited pre‑school programmes.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 3 May 2015 issued by the Prime Minister, the Minister for Education and Training and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training.

Higher Education Participation Programme — adjustment

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Education and Training ‑5.0

The Government will achieve savings of $5.0 million in 2015‑16 by adjusting funding for the Higher Education Participation Programme.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to the preservation of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies collection. See also the related measure Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies preservation of Indigenous cultural resources.

Improving the Quality of Teachers and Teacher Education Courses

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Education and Training 4.8 4.3 4.1 3.7

The Government will provide $16.9 million over four years from 2015‑16 to implement the Government's response to the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group's (TEMAG) 2014 report, Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers. The response aims to improve student learning outcomes by improving the quality of initial teacher education in Australia.

Under this measure, funding will be provided to the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership to develop and deliver activities to raise the quality of teachers and teacher education courses to improve student learning outcomes, including:

  • the establishment of a stronger accreditation process for teacher education courses;
  • a rigorous selection process to assist in determining applicant suitability for teaching;
  • an assessment framework to ensure all teacher education graduates are classroom ready; and
  • a national research programme into the effectiveness of initial teacher education and workforce data.

Further information can be found in the press release of 7 May 2015 issued by the Minister for Education and Training and the Government's response to the TEMAG report, Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers — Australian Government Response of 13 February 2015, released by the Minister for Education and Training.

National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy — continuation

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Education and Training 150.0

The Government will provide $150.0 million in 2016‑17 to continue to provide quality research infrastructure through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy, which funds the operation and maintenance of critical national research infrastructure. This funding will allow major national existing research facilities to continue to deliver maximum benefits to the community.

Parental Awareness Campaign

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Education and Training ‑3.7 3.7

The Government will provide $5.0 million over two years from 2014‑15 for a communications campaign to raise awareness of the positive effect parental engagement has on their children's achievement in education.

The cost of this measure will be met by redirecting $5.0 million in 2014‑15 from the information campaign component of the Higher Education Reforms — amendments measure announced in the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2014‑15.

Remote Indigenous Students Attending Non‑Government Boarding Schools — continuation

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Education and Training 3.5 1.9

The Government will provide $5.4 million over two years from 2015‑16 to continue to support specific non‑government schools for the additional costs associated with boarding and educating Indigenous students from remote communities. Assistance will be provided to non‑government schools with more than 50 Indigenous boarding students from remote or very remote areas, or where 50 per cent or more of their boarding students are Indigenous students from remote or very remote areas.

Further information can be found in the press release of 29 April 2015 issued by the Minister for Education and Training.

Smaller Government — Education and Training Portfolio

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Education and Training ‑0.8 ‑31.9 ‑24.0 ‑30.4 ‑44.1

The Government will achieve savings of $131.0 million over five years from 2014‑15 by terminating or redesigning a number of programmes administered by the Department of Education and Training. The Government's decision has been informed by a functional and efficiency review of the department which examined how departmental activities and resources are currently aligned to functions and to the Government's priorities.

This measure includes the redesign of the following programmes: the Industry Workforce Training programme; the Promotion of Excellence in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education programme; the Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowships programme; and the National Workforce Development Fund. A competitive tender for the further development and support of the My Skills website will also be conducted.

This measure also includes savings of $1.6 million over five years from 2014‑15 by replacing seven vocational education and training governance bodies with the Australian Industry and Skills Council. This includes the Data and Performance Measurement Principal Committee; the Workforce Development, Supply and Demand Principal Committee; and five bodies identified in the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2014‑15 for abolition.

The work of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Advisory Council will conclude later in 2015. The Government will continue its focus on Indigenous higher education through the Prime Minister's Indigenous Advisory Council, consultation with the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium and through forums on key priorities including science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Government will replace the Office for Learning and Teaching Strategic Advisory Committee within the Department of Education and Training with a programme to be administered by the university sector.

Additionally, the following bodies have ceased operations: the National Partnerships Implementation Working Group; the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group; the ANU Section 68 Pty Ltd; and the Online Assessment Committee (with its functions to be performed by the Online Assessment Working Group).

This measure is part of the fourth phase of the Smaller Government reforms which reduce the size and complexity of government.

The Smaller Government reforms are eliminating duplication and waste, streamlining services and reducing the cost of government administration.

Savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

Sustainable Research Excellence — adjustment

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Education and Training ‑150.0 ‑37.5 ‑75.0

The Government will adjust the growth in funding available under the Sustainable Research Excellence (SRE) programme. SRE programme funding will continue to increase each year and is expected to be more than $300 million in 2020.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to fund the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy. See also the related expense measure titled National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy — continuation.

VET FEE‑HELP — enhanced compliance regime

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Education and Training 4.6 3.9 3.1 3.1
Department of Education and Training 3.6

The Government will provide $18.2 million over four years from 2015‑16 (including $3.6 million in capital funding) to implement an enhanced compliance regime for VET FEE‑HELP. The enhancements will strengthen the administration of the programme, prohibit inappropriate market practices and protect vulnerable students, taxpayers and the reputation of the national vocational education and training sector.

Funding for this measure has already been provided for by the Government.