Operation Betka: an investigation into alleged corrupt conduct by a former contractor of the Department of Education and Training

Operation Betka was an IBAC investigation into allegations a contracted Senior Project Manager in the Information Technology Division of the Department of Education and Training was involved in serious corrupt conduct.
Policy report

Pain without gain: why school closures are bad policy

While policymakers are in the unenviable position of seemingly having to trade off between public health and children’s education, nonetheless it remains essential that they be held to account for their policy decisions. Evidence-based public policy is more important during a pandemic — not less.
Report

Investigations into allegations of nepotism in government schools

This report draws attention to a problem that has become a regular subject of ‘public interest disclosures’ to the Ombudsman – nepotism in government schools. It highlights the need for school principals and staff to check and follow integrity obligations, and the need for public...
Briefing paper

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the STEM workforce

This rapid research information brief synthesises the evidence on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on women in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) workforce.
Report

Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package four week review

The Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Relief Package was announced on 2 April 2020 as a temporary measure to ensure the viability of the ECEC Sector and the continued provision of care for children of essential workers and vulnerable children (for the period 6...
Report

What role might the social outcomes of education play during the COVID-19 lockdown?

While the economic benefits of education have been demonstrated in a number of areas, greater educational attainment is also positively associated with a variety of social outcomes that are important during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Report

National Quality Framework (NQF) Snapshot Q1 2020

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) has released its 29th NQF Snapshot report, summarising quality rating results for education and care services operating under the National Quality Framework (NQF).
Survey

Ithaka S+R US library survey 2019

The Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2019 examines strategy and leadership issues from the perspective of academic library deans and directors. This project aims to provide academic librarians and higher education leaders with information about chief librarians’ visions and the opportunities and challenges they face in...
Guide

Online delivery – key considerations for providers

In addressing key considerations and making decisions, tertiary education providers should continue to act in the best interests of, and minimise adverse impacts to students, while maintaining the quality of learning.
Report

Initial and continuing VET in Australia: clarifying definitions and applications

This report examines whether a distinction can be made in Australian VET between initial vocational education and training (IVET) and continuing vocational education and training (CVET), as applies in a number of other countries.