Welcome to the Department of Education and Training

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The Australian Government has a plan to put students first and improve their education outcomes and our schools.

Visit the Students First website.

Parents and families can get information from the Australian Government on parent engagement in learning, Government initiatives and programmes that benefit parents, and information on schools and early childhood services. This page has links to useful information for parents.

The department supports researchers in Australia by improving research training, providing world-class research infrastructure and helping researchers collaborate with business and government through various funding programs and funded projects.

The higher education sector is made up of universities and other higher education institutions. The Australian Government supports the sector through policies, funding and programmes. 

The Australian Government is introducing a range of reforms to improve higher education. These comprehensive reforms will help to create a diverse and competitive higher education system. By fostering the autonomy, innovation and creativity of our universities and higher education institutions, they will be better equipped to support students to develop the knowledge, skills and opportunities needed for their future.

For a complete list of higher education reform measures announced in the 2014-15 Budget visit the Higher Education Budget webpage.

The department works with the education sector, other government agencies and ministries to ensure Australia is recognised as a regional and world leader in education and a partner of choice for international collaboration.

The department provides leadership and coordination across government, delivering programs and policies, to support mobility and the global exchange of knowledge.

The Department of Education and Training works with states, territories and non-government education providers so all children have access to education that meets their needs.

The Department of Education and Training works to encourage young people to participate in further education, training and work.

The Australian vocational education and training (VET) system is an integral part of the Australian education system, designed to deliver workplace specific skills and knowledge-based competencies.

The VET system provides training to about 3 million students per year, some 1.5 million of whom are subsidised by Australian governments.  VET providers engage with industry to deliver client-focused, flexible, relevant and responsive education and training to individuals all over Australia.

Information about who we are, what we do, jobs with the department and how we deliver effective government services to all Australians.

Australia needs a skilled and flexible workforce to adapt to rapid technological change in the workplace, and to maintain and improve our economic position in the face of increasing global competition. A strong and prosperous economy that delivers the jobs Australian families want requires a well-functioning VET system that delivers the skills we need.

The Australian Government has embarked on an ambitious program of VET reform focussed on quality, jobs, and status. Top quality providers and top quality courses enhance the contribution VET makes to the employment prospects of students and boost the status of VET amongst families, students and employers, industry and community.