26
Jun 17

Unprecedented education infrastructure spend

Clearly the school capacity crisis facing our major cities has well and truly reached the spotlight, following the announcement in last week’s NSW state budget for a $4.2 billion education infrastructure spend. The Victorian state budget has also invested significant funds and we’ve seen the creation of two state planning organisations within the last 12 … Continue reading Unprecedented education infrastructure spend

23
Aug 16

The journey towards a positive risk culture

A positive risk culture is essential to create a less risk averse and more innovative environment in Australia’s public sector. The aim is not to eliminate risk, but rather to have active, ongoing and responsive risk management. But developing this active and responsive risk culture takes time. It requires ongoing commitment and a continuous improvement … Continue reading The journey towards a positive risk culture

01
Aug 16

Nobody is above the law – ASIC’s pledge on culture and conduct

According to the latest public briefing from Greg Metcalf, “nobody is above the law”. The nation’s top corporate cop has put finance senior executives on notice to ensure efforts to improve culture and conduct do not become “white noise” for staff below them, saying the regulator will continue to uncover wrongdoings and is not intimidated … Continue reading Nobody is above the law – ASIC’s pledge on culture and conduct

15
Jun 16

Overcoming funding and delivery challenges for community infrastructure

Integrated community facilities are a vital component of creating healthy communities, supporting social inclusion and enhancing the wellbeing of local residents. Communities with access to high quality social infrastructure have better access to services and more opportunities to participate in community life. But there are challenges with funding, governing and delivering integrated community infrastructure. Key … Continue reading Overcoming funding and delivery challenges for community infrastructure

06
May 16

Start-ups give mixed budget reviews

The federal budget has received mixed reviews from the start-up community. An agreed positive outcome is the expansion of the New Enterprise Investment Scheme (NEIS) which will provide help for job seekers to become self-employed business owners. This is an encouraging step which sees entrepreneurship as a viable career path – the job maker versus … Continue reading Start-ups give mixed budget reviews

07
Apr 16

Are you a champion of employability?

Research shows that the student experience can make a big difference in employability, but only if strategies are embedded in curriculum and assessment, and only when employability is championed by every educator in every subject. Through an Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching grant, Associate Professor Shelley Kinash led a team of researchers to … Continue reading Are you a champion of employability?

29
Feb 16

How to improve the quality of apartment living

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High-rise apartment towers are being built in central Melbourne at four times the maximum densities allowed in Hong Kong, New York and Tokyo – some of the highest density cities in the world. According to research conducted by Leanne Hodyl, 2014 Churchill Fellow, increasing the supply of housing in the central city close to jobs … Continue reading How to improve the quality of apartment living

06
Feb 16

New Regulatory Standards Ensure VET Graduates are Job-Ready

Improving the quality of training and assessment is a key focus for the Australian VET sector, so much so that a new set of regulations for all training providers came into effect in January 2015. These standards represent an important step towards improving the quality of training in Australia and the job prospects of its … Continue reading New Regulatory Standards Ensure VET Graduates are Job-Ready