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Learning Space Design: Gallery of Australian Schools

The financial cost of designing new learning spaces means that it is crucial for schools to get it right the first time around. A tested and optimised process for planning, implementing and measuring the outcomes of new learning spaces is crucial, not only to justify the cost, but to ensure that schools remain agile to … Continue reading Learning Space Design: Gallery of Australian Schools

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Enhancing Public Sector Customer Service - Download the ebook!

Growth in digital innovations has created a range of opportunities for enhanced customer service delivery. However, government agencies continue to grapple with effectively managing customer service channels while continuing to gather and analyse meaningful customer data. In addition, as the front facing component of the public sector evolves, it is important to bring internal stakeholders … Continue reading Enhancing Public Sector Customer Service – Download the ebook!

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Claremont College: Differentiation in a Co-Teaching Model

Claremont College is a thriving co-educational primary school, renowned across Sydney as a school that achieves excellence in all aspects of its operation. Claremont College is an inclusive school where students with a wide range of abilities and special needs are catered for through a fully integrated approach to learning within a co-teaching model. Claremont … Continue reading Claremont College: Differentiation in a Co-Teaching Model

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Data.gov.au to become a 'world-leading example of public open data'

The data.gov.au platform is set to become a “world-leading example of public open data infrastructure” under new plans by the Data Infrastructure Engagement (DIGE) team and Data61 (CSIRO’s digital research network). Data61 was tasked with employing “data analytics to connect disparate government datasets and publicly release them on open data platforms” as part of the … Continue reading Data.gov.au to become a ‘world-leading example of public open data’

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Linking space & pedagogy to 21st century skills & demands

“For too long, schools have been places young people go to watch their teachers work.” Teachers make generations of difference – impacting the children we teach today, their children and their children. Having a great education creates great opportunity, and opportunities for future generations. The environment where that learning takes place is vital. If our … Continue reading Linking space & pedagogy to 21st century skills & demands

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Apr 17

Current University models will be ‘unviable in 10-15 years’

Universities structured as broad-based teaching and research institutions, supported by large asset bases and back offices, will face extinction in the next two decades. Ernst & Young’s University of the Future survey states that, at the very least, universities will need to streamline their operations and asset base while incorporating new teaching and learning delivery … Continue reading Current University models will be ‘unviable in 10-15 years’

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Apr 17

Government spending on ICT up 50% to $9bn

Government spent an additional $3bn on IT infrastructure and services in the past 12 months, substantially increasing the average annual spend of $6bn. “That’s a total investment of over $9billion a year – 50% more than ever before,” Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, Angus Taylor told a recent Tech Leaders Forum. Highlighting the … Continue reading Government spending on ICT up 50% to $9bn

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Apr 17

Working conditions more important than salary when it comes to job satisfaction

“It’s what you do, how you are able to go about your work and who is alongside you that matters the most when it comes to job satisfaction.” That’s according to a new report by Curtin University and Making Work Absolutely Human, titled ‘The happy workers: How satisfied are Australians at work?’ Some of the … Continue reading Working conditions more important than salary when it comes to job satisfaction

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Apr 17

Building a long term sustainable pavement management strategy

The Campbelltown City Council area has 718 kilometres of local road infrastructure assets, with a replacement cost of approximately $400 million. The rapid growth of Campbelltown City, from 25,000 residents in 1966 to more than 160,000 today, has required a significant investment in infrastructure, including the road network, to service the ever-growing residential, commercial and … Continue reading Building a long term sustainable pavement management strategy

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Apr 17

The 5 ‘A’s of Retirement Living

“All retirement village owners and developers need is land use policy that supports, rather than hinders, development.” A report commissioned by The Property Council of Australia highlights a range of barriers to successful retirement village developments –  the primary hurdle being the need to compete on the open market to secure suitable land sites. The … Continue reading The 5 ‘A’s of Retirement Living

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Apr 17

Involving caregivers in discharge of elderly patients linked to 25% reduction in readmissions

Integrating a patient’s family into the hospital discharge process may lead to a 25% reduction in readmissions within 90 days, according to new research. This extends to a 24% reduction in readmission within 180 days. The study, published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society, examined 4,361 patients who were 70 years of age, on … Continue reading Involving caregivers in discharge of elderly patients linked to 25% reduction in readmissions

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Apr 17

Using consumer stories to drive dementia awareness

Sarah Price, General Manager Media at Alzheimer’s Australia spoke about the organisation’s awareness campaigns at a recent Criterion conference. She shared statistics including: Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia More than 25,000 Australians have Younger Onset Dementia 3 in 10 people over 85 and almost 1 in 10 people over 65 … Continue reading Using consumer stories to drive dementia awareness

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Apr 17

Timeline: changes to university admissions policies

Early last year, the Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) was requested by the Minister to consider how higher education student admissions policies could be more transparent, without increasing regulation. By November 2016 HESP had made 14 recommendations, suggesting that providers need to use accurate descriptions of ATAR thresholds and other admission requirements, and publish information … Continue reading Timeline: changes to university admissions policies