Veterans’ Health Week to promote physical activity in veterans

Federal Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, today said Government grants are available to support events organised by local Ex-Service Organisations and community groups on the southern Gold Coast for Veterans’ Health Week 2017. Veterans Health Week (VHW) will run from Saturday, 21 October, to Sunday, 29 October, with the theme of ‘physical activity’. Mrs Andrews…

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Trade workshops open at Nerang State High School

State-of-the-art engineering and construction workshops at Nerang State High School were officially opened today and will help put students on the path to a rewarding job and career. Federal Member for McPherson and Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews officially opened the new facilities as part of the $2.2 million GC Resource…

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One-off payment of up to $75 to help thousands on Gold Coast

Thousands of people on the southern Gold Coast are amongst 3.8 million people nationally to benefit from a one-off payment of up to $75 to help with energy costs. The Energy Assistance Payment will be provided to people on the Age Pension, Disability Support Pension and Parenting Payment Single as well as Veterans and their…

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Review of national vocational education legislation

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews today announced a major review of the legislative framework governing the regulation of Australia’s VET sector. “I have appointed Valerie Braithwaite, Professor at the Australian National University’s School of Regulation and Global Governance, to lead the review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act…

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Locals Urged to Back Online M1 Petition

Southern Gold Coast residents are being asked to join a new push to secure funding to widen the M1 to Tugun by signing an online petition. Federal Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, said the petition was part of her ongoing plan to put pressure on both Canberra and the State Government to ensure that funding…

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Local Drug Action Team applications now open

The second round of applications are now open for local Gold Coast organisations to join the Turnbull Government’s Local Drug Action Team program.  Federal Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, said community groups across Australia are joining forces to deliver targeted local action to help tackle drug use and addiction.  “We need to work together to…

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$346 million funding boost one step closer for local schools

An additional $346 million for southern Gold Coast schools is one step closer after the Turnbull Government’s Gonski needs-based funding plan passed the House of Representatives. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Federal Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, said the Turnbull Government’s needs-based funding reforms had been endorsed by David Gonski himself and…

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New online service to help thousands of training graduates

People who have undertaken nationally recognised training in Australia will now be able toquickly and easily obtain an online record of their hard-earned accomplishments and qualifications. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, today launched the USITranscript Service which will allow training participants to easily look up their national training record. “The USI…

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Skills in the spotlight at the Gold Coast Careers Festival

The flexibility and benefits of the Australian Vocational Educational and Training system willbe promoted at a two-day Careers Festival on the Gold Coast beginning tomorrow. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, said events like thisplay an important role in helping attendees choose a career that is right for them. “It is a…

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Boosting and supporting apprenticeships on the Gold Coast

A new $1.5 billion Skilling Australians Fund announced by the Turnbull Government will provide new opportunities for local jobseekers, students and industry on the Gold Coast. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Federal Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, said the Government is also establishing a $60 million Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices…

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