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Australia appoints TEQSA advisory council

This week Australia's Minister of Education Christopher Pyne announced the establishment of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Advisory Council. The group will report to the minister and will be charged with ensuring that recommendations to reduce university red tape are carried out.

Langports to open non-profit Sydney school

At the IALC workshop held in Brisbane last week, host school Langports English Language College announced the opening of its new campus in Sydney that will donate all of its profits to the Langports Foundation, which helps disadvantaged children through education.

English Australia offers MOOEC teacher training

Australia's peak body for English language colleges, English Australia, has created a series of professional development courses focussed on online learning in collaboration with International Education Services in a bid to increase the number of Massive Open Online English Courses (MOOEC) offered by its members.

Australia’s New Colombo Plan launches in Japan

On a trade mission to Asia this week, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott rolled out the government's outbound mobility programme, the New Colombo Plan, to Japan as part of a four nation pilot scheme. Japan and Australia also signed a landmark free trade agreement that will strengthen bilateral economic ties.

Australia: Repeal day to relax university regulation

This week the Australian government will attempt to slash a number of federal laws in its first planned "repeal day" that will save AUD$1 billion a year in red tape. A number of "heavy handed" regulations affecting the university sector are set to be abolished in the process, a move that has been welcomed by international educators in the country.