Teaching, early childhood get boost in university places

Teacher education will take the lion’s share of 20,000 new university places to be funded in the Australian federal budget, with nursing, IT, health and engineering also receiving thousands of extra places, writes Julie Hare for the Australian Financial Review.

In details announced on Sunday 23 October, Education Minister Jason Clare said 4,036 places would go to teacher education courses, including 1,469 for early childhood education.

In August, Clare announced a national action plan to address chronic school teacher shortages across the country. The early childhood education and care sector is also stung by staff shortages, with the government’s new childcare subsidies delayed until next July so that barrier can be addressed ahead of more working parents accessing the scheme.
Full report on the Australian Financial Review site