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…

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…

Payroll Tax Exemption Change to Fund Training Places

The McGowan government will tighten payroll tax training exemptions for businesses that will result in new funded training places next year. 9,600 new jobs will be created under the new scheme that will come into effect from December 1 this year that will prevent companies from avoiding paying payroll tax. “We need a system which…

WA Youths Against Odds With Seven Fighting For Each Entry Level Job

Young Western Australia jobseekers have been facing a tougher start to their working lives, after a new report revealed more applicants than available positions in the State. An Anglicare WA report released on Thursday revealed almost seven young Western Australians are fighting for every entry-level job across WA, including in retail and hospitality industries. “We…

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…

WA Secondary Schools Receive Infrastructure Upgrades

Secondary schools will be redeveloped as part of school infrastructure upgrades in Western Australia. 15 secondary schools will be rebuilt or upgraded as part of the State Government’s $465 million investment into schools across the state. As part of the upgrades, 50-year-old Balcatta Senior High School will receive a $50 million redevelopment. An architect will…

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…

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…

WA Braces For Imminent Teacher Strike

West Australian teachers will walk off the job next Tuesday to stand against the government’s education funding cut. The unions have decided to push forward the strike, after the state government refused to back down. 95 schools in WA will be closed next Tuesday due to the strike, one in eight schools will be affected.…