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Education and Employment Legislation Committee
10/02/2016
Estimates
EDUCATION AND TRAINING PORTFOLIO

EDUCATION AND TRAINING PORTFOLIO

In Attendance

Senator Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training

Senator Colbeck, Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment and Minister for Tourism and International Education

Department of Education and Training

Whole of Portfolio

Mr Tony Cook PSM, Acting Secretary

Ms Deb Efthymiades, Acting Associate Secretary, Schools and Youth

Ms Jessie Borthwick, Acting Deputy Secretary, Higher Education, Research and International

Dr Subho Banerjee, Deputy Secretary, Skills and Training

Ms Jackie Wilson, Deputy Secretary, Early Childhood and Childcare

Cross Portfolio

Mr Simon Gotzinger, Chief Lawyer, Corporate

Ms Sheree Harrison, Acting Group Manager, People, Communication and Legal

Ms Jackie Gleeson, Branch Manager, People, Communication and Legal

Ms Margaret Leggett, Acting Branch Manager, People, Communication and Legal

Ms Fiona O’Brien, Branch Manager, People, Communication and Legal

Ms Susan Monkley, CFO and CIO and Group Manager, Finance, Parliamentary and Assurance

Mr Robert Latta, Branch Manager, Finance, Parliamentary and Assurance

Ms Delaine Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, Shared Services Centre

Schools and Youth

Mr David Pattie, Acting Group Manager, Schooling

Ms Dannie Edmonds, Acting Branch Manager, Schooling

Mr Michael Crowther, Acting Branch Manager, Schooling

Mr John Baker, Acting Branch Manager, Schooling

Mr Tony Zanderigo, Acting Group Manager, Improving Student Outcomes

Mr Patrick Burford, Branch Manager, Improving Student Outcomes

Ms Liz Dowd, Acting Branch Manager, Improving Student Outcomes

Ms Renae Houston, Acting Branch Manager, Improving Student Outcomes

Ms Marg Sykes, Branch Manager, Improving Student Outcomes

Ms Alex Gordon, Group Manager, Evidence and Assessment

Ms Rhyan Bloor, Branch Manager, Evidence and Assessment

Ms Oon Ying Chin, Branch Manager, Evidence and Assessment

Ms Gabrielle Phillips, Branch Manager, Evidence and Assessment

Higher Education, Research and International

Mr Adam Luckhurst, Acting Group Manager, International

Dr Lyndal Groom, Branch Manager, International

Ms Karen Sandercock, Acting Branch Manager, International

Mr Vipan Mahajan, Executive Director, International

Mr Craig Ritchie, Branch Manager, International

Dr James Hart, Acting Group Manager, Higher Education

Ms Mel Reardon, Director, Higher Education

Mrs Di Weddell, Branch Manager, Higher Education

Mr Dom English, Group Manager, Research and Economic

Dr Andrew Taylor, Branch Manager, Research and Economic

Ms Ditta Zizi, Branch Manager, Research and Economic

Ms Virginia Hart, Branch Manager, Research and Economic

Skills and Training

Mr Grant Lovelock, Acting Group Manager, Industry Skills and Quality

Ms Genevieve Watson, Acting Branch Manager, Industry Skills and Quality

Ms Kathryn Shugg, Branch Manager, Industry Skills and Quality

Mr Jason Van Ballegooyen, Acting Branch Manager, Industry Skills and Quality

Mr Brendan Morling, Group Manager, Skills Programs

Ms Linda White, Branch Manager, Skills Programs

Ms Jasmin Fielder, Acting Branch Manager, Skills Programs

Ms Shelley Owen, Director, Skills Programs

Mr Dean Woodgate, Director, Skills Programs

Ms Maryann Quagliata, Branch Manager, Skills Programs

Ms Peta Furnell, Group Manager, Skills Market

Mr David Turvey, Branch Manager, Skills Market

Dr Melissa McEwen, Branch Manager, Skills Market

Mr Sean Macintyre, Acting Branch Manager, Skills Market

Mr Jason Coutts, Branch Manager, UI Registrar

Early Childhood and Childcare

Ms Gillian Mitchell, Acting Group Manager, Early Childhood Strategy

Mr David De Silva, Principal Advisor, Early Childhood Strategy

Mr Bryan Palmer, Group Manager, Early Childhood Initiatives

Ms Margaret Pearce, Group Manager, Early Childhood Care Support

Mr David Agnew, Branch Manager, Early Childhood Care Support

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority

Mr Robert Randall, Chief Executive Officer

Dr Stanley Rabinowitz, General Manager, Assessment and Reporting

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

Mr Edmund Mission, General Manager

Ms Margery Evans, Chief Executive Officer

Australian Research Council

Professor Aidan Byrne, Chief Executive Officer

Ms Leanne Harvey, Executive General Manager

Australian Skills Quality Authority

Mr Christopher Robinson, Chief Commissioner

Ms Jonella Welsh, Chief Financial Officer

Ms Elizabeth Stafford, Acting General Manager

Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency

Professor Nicholas Saunders, Chief Commissioner

Mr Anthony McClaran, Chief Executive Officer

Committee met at 09:01

CHAIR ( Senator McKenzie ): I would now like to declare open this meeting of the Education and Employment Legislation Committee. The Senate has referred to the committee the particulars for proposed expenditure for 2015-16 and certain other documents for the education and training portfolio. The committee has set Friday, 19 February 2016 as the date by which senators are to submit written questions on notice and has set Tuesday, 29 March as the date for the return of answers to questions taken on notice.

Under standing order 26, the committee must take all evidence in public session; this includes answers to questions on notice. Officers and senators are familiar with the rules of the Senate governing estimates hearings. If you need assistance, the secretariat has a copy of the rules. In particular I remind all witnesses that in giving evidence to the committee they are protected by parliamentary privilege. I also draw the attention of witnesses to an order of the Senate of 13 May 2009 specifying the process by which a claim of public interest immunity should be raised. Witnesses are specifically reminded that a statement that information or a document is confidential or consists of advice to government is not a statement that meets the requirement of the 2009 order. Instead witnesses are required to provide some specific indication of the harm to public interest that could result from the disclosure of the information or the document.

The committee will now begin consideration of the education and training portfolio. I welcome the Hon. Simon Birmingham, the Minister for Education and Training, Mr Tony Cook, the Acting Secretary of the Department of Education and Training, and officers of the department. Minister, do you wish to make an opening statement?