The Federal Government is expected to nominate Labor education minister Liza Wolforf to be Education Secretary, a Labor source has told The Sunday Age.
The appointment of Ms Wolforf would be seen as a sign that Education Minister Scott Morrison has found a new home as he prepares to be prime minister.
The role of Education Secretary is normally reserved for the prime minister, who has a number of portfolios, including education, health and the environment.
The Prime Minister is also responsible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, but Education Secretary has traditionally been held by the Minister for Education.
Ms Wolforff has been involved in a number other portfolios including the ABC and NBN, and has been seen as the favourite to succeed the Minister.
She is likely to be appointed in the coming weeks, after the Cabinet approved the nomination on Wednesday.
Mr Morrison said Ms Wolforanff would be a “great minister” and would “transform our nation’s education system”.
He said he was confident Ms Wolforef would be “an outstanding minister for education”.
“We will need to make sure that she delivers on all of the important commitments that she made when she took the portfolio,” Mr Morrison told Sky News.
“She has a fantastic track record and she’s a very talented person.”
Mr Morrison also said the appointment would give the department greater flexibility in its work, as the department was “not only responsible for funding, but for the implementation of the programs”.
Education Secretary Liza R Wolforf is seen as Labor’s Education Minister in the federal government.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen The Department of Education has faced criticism over its funding of online education in recent years.
Education Minister Scott Morahan was one of Labor’s most vocal critics of the Federal Government’s plan to introduce online learning in schools and colleges across Australia.
In November last year, the Federal Parliament voted to axe the program, which was designed to encourage students to learn more in schools.
The Federal Government announced a new $4.6 billion investment for online education, which is due to kick in over three years.
Education Minister Liza Z. Wolforfen is expected in the Cabinet room during the first day of the federal election campaign in Brisbane on Friday.
Mr Morrison is also expected to announce that the Federal government will spend $300 million to upgrade and expand the Perth Metro’s digital infrastructure, which will include digital classrooms and more than 2,000 computer labs.
Mr Morahan has said the Government would build a digital infrastructure for all Australians, but Ms Wolforian has said this is not a federal priority.
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