Hon. Alan Tudge MP Appointed Education Minister

Date —

18 December 2020

Education Sector/s —
Higher Education

Summary —

The pre-Christmas Cabinet reshuffle has seen the Hon. Alan Tudge MP become the new Minister for Education and Youth, an appointment welcomed by the peak body representing the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA), the peak body representing independent providers in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sectors.

Key Issues —

As expected, the Prime Minister reshuffled the federal cabinet which has seen Mr Tudge's appointment, with the former Minister, the Hon. Dan Tehan MP, moving to the troubled trade portfolio.

ITECA has committed to working cooperatively with Mr Tudge on the shared objective of strengthening the reputation for excellence of Australia’s independent higher education sector.

The role of Minister for Education and Youth is of critical importance to the independent higher education sector that supports around 10% of the 1.5 million students in higher education.

Announced in the reshuffle was the the continuation of Sen. Hon. Michaelia Cash as Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.  The stability in the portfolio is important  given year’s negotiation of a new national skills agreement, that will underpin the arrangements associated with the money the Ausstralian Government gives states and territories for skills development.

ITECA’s focus in 2021 will be on working with Ministers Tudge and Cash on the reforms to achieve a cohesive independent tertiary education system.

“A priority for the ITECA membership is to ensure that Australia develops an integrated and cohesive tertiary education sector, one in which the higher education sector and the vocational education and training sector operate as one but retain their separate identities,” said Troy Williams, ITECA Chief Executive.

ITECA has paid tribute to the outgoing Minister for Education, the Hon. Dan Tehan MP.

During the incredible disruption that Covid-19 brought the higher education sector, Minister Tehan was accessible to ITECA and worked to ensure that the sector retained its capacity to deliver quality outcomes for students.

As the international education sector gets back on its feet in 2021, ITECA will continue its relationship with Mr Tehan in his new role of Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.

“This is exactly what ITECA members in the international education sector need, a Minister for Trade with a contemporary in-depth knowledge of the issues before the sector in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic,”

Getting Involved —

ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA Higher Education Reference Group.  ITECA Membership – It's a great time to get involved.

Further Information —

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