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Giving poor hygiene the flush: Australia steps up efforts to improve water sanitation

Tuesday, 06 March 2018 23:45 Written by
Giving poor hygiene the flush: Australia steps up efforts to improve water sanitation

I am pleased to announce a new partnership between the Australian Government and the World Health Organisation.

This $5 million partnership will further embed water safety planning to deliver safe drinking water in the program’s four target countries: Bhutan, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam. The program will assist those countries to prepare their own strategies to meet ambitious new global water quality benchmarks to improve people’s health and quality of life. The Partnership will also improve access to safe and sustainable WASH services in health care facilities leading to higher quality health care.

The new partnership builds on the previous WHO-DFAT Water Quality Partnership 2012 – 2017, which led to the implementation of water safety plans across 882 water systems in 15 countries, serving over 35 million people. 

The partnership, along with existing efforts, will form part of the Australian Government’s contribution to tackling this significant global challenge. More than two billion people lack access to safe drinking water services and 4.5 billion people lack safely managed sanitation services.

The impact on children is particularly devastating, with nearly 1,000 children under five dying each day from diseases caused by poor sanitation, poor hygiene or unsafe drinking water.

Today, I will also open and deliver the keynote address at the fifth WASH Futures conference in Brisbane. This is the leading forum for experts and stakeholders from the Indo Pacific to share ideas and innovations while working towards universal access to WASH.

The conference will focus on collaboration in the sector. The Australian Government strongly believes collaboration and financial investment in the WASH sector saves and improves lives and contributes to stability, security and prosperity in our region.

Many of Australia’s achievements in the sector will be showcased during the conference.Our work in this area contributes tothe World Health Organisation’s vision of quality care to every pregnant woman and newborn throughout pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period


Tuesday, 06 March 2018 23:44 Written by
An exhibition of European modern masters including Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky andCézannewill be presented alongside a major retrospective of internationally renowned South African photographer David Goldblatt when the Sydney International Art Series returns for its 2018-2019 season.
Minister for the Arts Don Harwin today announced the Australian-exclusive exhibitionsModern masters from the HermitageandDavid Goldblatt.
“The Sydney International Art Series, an initiative of the NSW Government via Destination NSW, brings the world’s most outstanding art exclusively to Sydney through two blockbuster exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia,” Mr Harwin said.
“The Sydney International Art Series is a major visitor drawcard for our State. Since its inception in 2010, the annual exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia have generated more than $134 million in overnight visitor expenditure for NSW and attracted more than 1.8 million attendees.”
Art Gallery of New South Wales Director, Dr Michael Brand,a member of theInternational Advisory Board of the State Hermitage Museumcreated in 1994 on the initiative of UNESCO,said highlights of the exhibition include Cézanne’sGreat pine near Aix, 1895/97; Picasso’sWoman with a fan,1908; Gauguin’sMonth of Mary1899; Matisse’sNymph and Satyr1908; Kandinsky’sLandscape 1913and Malevich’sBlack Square.
“An era of extraordinary change in the early 20thCentury saw modernists throughout Europe freeing themselves from tradition and imagining life in new ways. The work of these pioneers still resonates today,” Dr Brand said.
With a career spanning seven decades, photographer David Goldblatt is one of the greatest living photographers of our time, noted for his portrayal of South Africa during the rise and dismantling of Apartheid. With their intense human focus, his photographs offer powerful reflection and insight into South Africa’s turbulent history.
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Director, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, said, “David Goldblatt is a living legend of photography, and this exhibition is highly appropriate for the Sydney International Art Series, which brings the world’s most acclaimed international artists to Sydney. Visitors will discover an extraordinary artist whose documentary eye has not strayed from the complexities of his country of birth, but resonates with other global histories (including Australia’s) through striking and memorable photographs.”
Modern mastersfrom the Hermitageis at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 13 October 2018 until 3 March 2019.David Goldblattis at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia from 19 October 2018 until 3 March 2019.

PARRAMASALA ON THIS WEEKEND Exciting New Artists Announced!

Tuesday, 06 March 2018 23:42 Written by

05 Mar 2018 4:10 PM AEST - PARRAMASALA ON THIS WEEKEND Exciting New Artists Announced!

Parramasala, the flagship festival of Multicultural March, will transform Prince Alfred Square into a feast of colour, movement and sound this weekend.


Parramasala is a free, public celebration of the diverse and rich cultures in Sydney. The festival will offer entertainment, food, markets and music from over 40 different cultures in a vibrant and rich three-day celebration.


Highlights from the program include:


The Parramasala Welcome Parade will kick off the festival 7pm this Friday night with over 700-800 performers from a diverse range of cultures. The parade will make its way from Parramatta Town Hall to Prince Alfred Square, via Church St before being met by the Elders of Burramatta for the opening ceremony.


Grammy award-winning Saharan Desert rock group Tinariwen will bring their incredible live show to the festival stage on Saturday night alongside the Grammy award-nominated future-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote.


Market Street will come alive to celebrate all things street food, street rhythms, street music and street dance. Grab a plate and taste your way around the best of Sydney’s street stalls surrounded by colourful musicians and dancers.


Dreamgirls of Bollywood will present a celebration of all the colour, dance, energy and excitement of Bollywood. Featuring an all international cast, Dreamgirls of Bollywood traces through the iconic costuming and dance performances through the many years of Bollywood films.


Winners of Channel Nine’s Family Food Fight and passionate foodies, the Shahrouk Sisters, will make an exclusive appearance at Parramasala. The sisters will wow crowds with Middle Eastern cooking demonstrations live on stage, and will meet-and-greet culinary fans.


On stage at Riverside Theatres will be Masala Nights – World Dance Congress, showcasing some of the world’s best dancers, the show will take a journey across the globe through dance styles including tango, samba, salsa, classical dance, flamenco and more.


Parramasala will conclude in exceptional style on Sunday evening with closing night headline acts, future soul hip hop group 30/70, and the sublime and distinctive sounds of New Zealand RnB electronic neo soul band, Ladi6.


The Parramasala program is available at




When: 9 - 11 March 2018


5pm to 11pm on Friday, 9 March

11am to 11pm on Saturday, 10 March

11am to 8pm on Sunday, 11 March


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Saturday, 20 January 2018 09:48 Written by

Australians striving for higher education in record numbers

Monday, 01 January 2018 20:24 Written by


The 2016 Census of Population and Housing has recorded that Australians are upskilling like never before, with 56 per cent of Australians aged 15 years and over – 9.6 million people – now holding a post-school qualification, up from 46 per cent in 2006.
Census Program Manager, Bindi Kindermann said attaining a university qualification remains an achievement Australians strive for, with close to one quarter (24 per cent) of youths and adults in the 2016 Census having completed a Bachelor Degree or above, up from 18 per cent a decade ago.

“The Census has also revealed that those who go on to study at university aren’t necessarily stopping with just a Bachelor Degree, with more people than ever achieving Postgraduate qualifications,” Ms Kindermann said.

“The number of people with Postgraduate Degree qualifications increased from 631,000 in 2011 to 921,000 in 2016, a jump of 46 per cent. The past five years have also seen significant increases in the number of people with Graduate Diplomas or Graduate Certificates as their highest level of qualification (27 per cent). Almost 10 per cent of Australia’s youth and adults had attained an Advanced Diploma or Diploma, while just under 21 per cent had completed a Certificate level qualification.”

Geographically speaking, 2016 represented the first time that the Census reported more than half the population aged 15 and over in each state and territory has held a post-school qualification, with the Australian Capital Territory leading the way with the highest proportion of qualified people (65 per cent). Tasmania had the lowest proportion with 51 per cent.

Residents of Australia's capital cities (30 per cent) were almost twice as likely as residents in regional areas (16 per cent) to hold a Bachelor Degree or higher qualification, while people in capital cities were also more than 2.5 times as likely to hold a Postgraduate Degree level qualification (7.0 per cent in capital cities vs 2.7 per cent outside). However, 23 per cent of people in regional areas hold a Certificate III & IV level qualification, compared to just 16 per cent of people in capital cities.

The Census also showed that the gap in educational attainment between men and women has narrowed over the past 10 years. In 2006, 51 per cent of men and 42 per cent of women reported holding a post-school qualification; in 2016 this gap was smaller, with 58 per cent for men and 54 per cent for women.

However, there are still some noticeable gender differences in the professions of our educated workforce. The most common occupations in 2016 for men with a Bachelor Degree or above were Accountants and Software Applications Programmers, whereas women were more likely to be Registered Nurses or Primary School Teachers.

Management and Commerce remained the most popular field of study across Australia (2.1 million people, an increase of 23 per cent since 2011) ahead of Engineering and Related Technologies (1.7 million people, an increase of 11 per cent).

Encompassing fields of study including Political Science, Law and Economics, the Society and Culture field was the fastest growing area of study, seeing growth of 29 per cent since the 2011 Census.

The latest release of 2016 Census data marked an important time for the ABS and Australia,” Ms Kindermann said.

“2016 Census data released earlier this year has already provided excellent insight into who we are, how we live, what we do and where we’re headed.

“The latest Census release shows how and where we work, as well as important information relating to internal migration, education and method of travel to work.

“This data will prove to be an incredibly valuable resource for Australia moving forward over the next five years and beyond.”

Census data is available free online. Use one of our easy tools such as QuickStats or Community Profiles to access the latest data for your area or topic of interest.

For more information on Australia’s education and workforce population, see the Workforce Australia Data Summary Sheet.

Note: In this media release, the term 'post-school qualifications' is used to refer to non-school qualifications. These are qualifications awarded for educational attainments other than those of pre-primary, primary or secondary education. Examples of non-school qualifications include Bachelor Degree, Diploma and Certificate Level IV. Some non-school qualifications may be attained by school students.

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