The classroom is shaping up as one key battleground for this year's federal election with Labor and the Coalition trying to lure teachers into the profession, but those already in the job say money can't fix everything.
The Duke University official caused an outrage after sending an email saying Chinese students were "being so impolite as to have a conversation that not everyone on the floor could understand".
Australia has been in the grips of a national veterinarian shortage as vets leave the profession due to long working hours, "emotional blackmail" and prolonged stress.
A survey of 120,000 university students finds almost three-quarters got a job within four months of finishing last year — but when it comes to getting students a job, not all courses are created equal.
In a bid to improve results in the classroom, Tanya Plibersek says a Labor government would restrict entry to the top 30 per cent of students if the education sector does not take action sooner.
Nearly 30 staff at Hobart hotel which has been sold off for university accommodation will lose their jobs, but the operator says the company held off telling workers because they didn't want them to "find out before Christmas".
UTAS is pledging to provide 300 new accommodation beds for students next year, after earlier this month offering "queue jumps" to international students and saying some others might have to look online for lodgings.
With the days of lax lending standards over and those of increased paperwork checks for borrowers in, experts say a HELP debt could become a bigger liability when it comes time to applying for a home loan.
Marwa was nine when she moved to Australia. She struggled to fit in at school. And when spoke, the kids made fun of her. Now she has had the last laugh.
The University of Tasmania begins offering foreign students the chance to "jump to the head of the queue" if they pay upfront, while existing students are told to look on Gumtree for accommodation, as the university cannot guarantee them a place to live.