Education Minister: “Voluntary Scheme with no forced redundancies”

The WA Education Department is hoping to reduce the amount of full time jobs by March next year, as part of the Voluntary Targeted Severance Scheme. The scheme was announced back in September alongside the budget, with hopes that it will address the financial mess that the Government found themselves in. Education Minister, Sue Ellery,…

New Courses Prepare Youth for the Jobs of the Future

The Western Australian Government has joined forces with Rio Tinto and South Metropolitan TAFE to design new curriculum to give apprentices the required skills for jobs in the mining industry’s future. These new courses are set to be created in 2018 and implemented in 2019 as post-secondary and industry traineeships. They will give young people…

McGowan Commits to Delivering Science in Schools

The Western Australian Government is set to focus on science in primary schools, to prepare students for future jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery revealed the State Government is set to fulfil its election promise to provide $12 million to public schools to…

Hamilton Senior High School set to be demolished

After 55 years of educating the local community, Hamilton Senior High School is set to close at the end of the year. “The Hamilton Senior High School site is integral to the Cockburn Community, and the fact that the high school is closing at the end of the year has a lot of varying opinions,”…

Teaching Assistants Returns To Kimberley Schools

Education assistants and Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers (AIEO) are set to return to Kimberley classrooms, reversing teaching cuts made by the previous Liberal-National government. An additional 10.5 full-time equivalent education assistants will return to public school classrooms in the Kimberley from 2018, while 21.1 will return in 2019 and 13.3 in 2020. Meanwhile, 3.8…

Regional Australia to Receive Grants to Boost Medical Practice and Training

Health professionals will have the opportunity to complete their training in regional Australia, following funding grants for general practices in regional Australia. Federal Assistant Minister for Health Dr David Gillespie announced the funds of more than $13 million Coalition Government funding to enable health professionals to get hands-on training in regional communities. It includes grants…

Educators Slam Pauline Hanson Over Support for Autistic Students

Education experts have criticised One Nation Party leader Pauline Hanson after suggesting children with autism are “holding our kids back” in the classroom. University education professors said the philosophy of inclusion in Australian education had been influential in changing education for the better, following Senator Hanson’s comments that autistic children should be left out of…

Accommodation Investment Boosts Support for Indigenous Youth in Tertiary Study

WA’s State and Federal Governments will invest in an innovative accommodation project at Perth’s St Catherine’s College, to support young Indigenous people from remote communities to complete tertiary study. $12.8 million dollars will be invested into the initiative to double the capacity of the Dandjoo Darbalung programme at the college, located at the University of…

Documentary To Unmask Heath Ledger’s Life

  A movie star, an icon, a familiar face, a heart-throb, a leading man, and a Perth boy. A documentary aptly named, I am Heath Ledger, is set to delve deeper into his life. The 90-minute documentary is set to hit selected cinemas around the country for a limited time, next week. The film explores…

Children’s Hospital completed, lead concerns remain

By Christopher May The State Government has announced that construction of the new Perth Children’s Hospital is complete, however that lead contamination remains in parts of the water supply. Health Minister Roger Cook was quick to lay blame on the former Barnett Government’s management of the new hospital.  “We have repeatedly stated there are no…