WA TAFE Fees Went Up As Funding & Enrolment Reduced

The Productivity Commissions report on Vocational Education Training looked at all the States and where WA ranked. Over the last few years State funding into the TAFE sector decreased and a slow divestment away from training funding occurred from the Commonwealth. The Government’s recurrent funding into Vocational Educational Training totaled $5.8 billion in 2016, decreasing…

McGowan Demands Answers Over School Water Lead

Mark McGowan has called for answers over incomplete lead testing at new WA schools, claiming the bureaucrats responsible “deserve a good kick up the pants”. The premier said Education Minister Sue Ellery and Director General of Education Sharyn O’Neill had his full support over the issue but responsibility had to be assigned elsewhere after assurances…

School of the Air to Stay as Education Cuts Reversed

The Western Australian government will reverse a number of its controversial education cuts including closing Schools of the Air (SOTA), admitting it took the savings measures “too far”. Premier Mark McGowan and Education Minister Sue Ellery announced it will not close SOTA after backlash over the closures, keep Northam Residential College accommodation open and continue…

Young Female Beazley Award Winners

The Beazley Medal, first presented in 1984, is the highest honour a secondary school student can be awarded in WA. Today, two female public school students have been recognised for their outstanding achievements in Year 12. Education Minister, Sue Ellery, and Kim Beazley, presented the winners for 2017 with their medals in a ceremony at…

WA Education Cuts Face Opposition, Called a “Mistake”

The McGowan Government has been criticism over its cuts to the state’s education, with opposition parties claiming the measures are not in the best interests of students and families. WA’s Greens called the measures a “terrible decision” while the Young Nationals said it was “direct attack on regional Western Australia” after Education Minister Sue Ellery…

Hamilton Hill High School Bids Farewell After 56 Years Of Education

After 56 years of service, and several generations of passing through its doors, Hamilton Hill Senior High School is closing. Events leading up to the closure allowed community members and past students to relive their memories at the school. Principal of Hamilton Senior High School, Paul Bottcher, said the school has played an integral role…

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,”…