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The purpose of this Note is to provide some brief information for domestic and international students studying in Australia on some of the financial support available such as public transport concessions, child care, and other government financial assistance schemes. It also includes a brief summary of the Overseas Student Health Cover.
The Ministerial Council on Tertiary Education and Employment (MCTEE) met in Sydney last week to negotiate the final form of the Strengthened Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
The Group of Eight thanks the education ministers for considering the representations made to them since June 2009 at the federal, state and territory levels. The outcomes agreed at the meeting are welcome. These include:
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This scheme is a joint initiative of the Go8 and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany's national agency for the support of international academic co-operation.
It is one of the world's largest and most respected organisations in its field. Its mission is to advance Germany’s international engagement in the fields of education, science, culture and research.
In regards to the paper, AQF Qualification Issuance Policy and Protocols - Final draft for consultation, September 2009, the Go8 has a number of issues it would like to see addressed in the final policy documentation.
The Group of Eight (Go8) supports measures that assure graduates and employers, both domestic and international, of the quality of Australian qualifications. Any changes to the current assurance mechanisms need to be balanced and resist a “one-size-fits-all” approach. The tertiary education sector is becoming increasingly differentiated to meet the needs of a broader student body and a more complex labour market, and education policy settings should reflect this reality.