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Teenage sex on the rise

A survey of Australian Year 10 and 12 students has shown a surge in sexual activity over the past decade, and while awareness of HIV/AIDS remained high, so was the rate of risky sexual practices. "Rates of alcohol consumption among ...

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Queensland persists with truancy efforts

School students skipping class aren't being served at local businesses under a new trial in Queensland that aims to reduce truancy. Schools currently have agreements with shops and police in Logan, Beenleigh, Cairns, Bundaberg, Gold Coast and Charters Towers. Director-General ...

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School linked to health outcomes

New research has reaffirmed the link between educational attainment and health outcomes. The report, commissioned by Catholic Health Australia, found the poorest Australians are dying on average three years earlier than the wealthiest. The Health Lies in Wealth report, released ...

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Schools put their hands up

Generation One asked for hands across Australia, and more than 1100 schools put theirs up. The organisation, which aims to end indigenous disparity within a single generation, received a huge response to its video competition launched six weeks ago. Schools ...

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Youth-focused bills re-introduced

Australian Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young has reintroduced two bills to parliament designed to protect young people. Hanson-Young's first set of draft laws would set up a dedicated education ombudsman to simplify the current complaints system for domestic and international students. ...

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NBN will benefit education: Conroy

The return of Labor to government means the National Broadband Network has been given a political reprieve. And, according to the communications minister, it will greatly advance educational access for all Australians. Senator Stephen Conroy was the closing speaker for ...

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Experience pays

The global financial crisis has hurt postgraduate employment, with a new survey revealing the lowest rates for a decade in 2009. More than 47,000 postgraduates participated in last year's Australian Graduate Survey, released by Graduate Careers Australia (GCA) yesterday. It ...

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Change of the guard in SA

The South Australian government has changed its education chief, with the government saying it wants a new direction for the department. Education Minister Jay Weatherill said on Tuesday that Department of Education and Children's Services chief executive Chris Robinson would ...

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Greater local say in NSW BER

Local school communities need to play a bigger role in the federal schools building program, says a NSW parliamentary inquiry, which found it hadn't delivered value for money. The final report into the state's handling of the federal scheme to ...

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Red tape no red light for laptops

A global push to give every child a laptop is gathering momentum in Australia despite the absence of government funding. One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is a worldwide initiative to give children, aged between four and 15 from low socioeconomic ...

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