News | 4 February 2016

The projects aim to ensure that Australians from low socio-economic status backgrounds who have the ability to study at university have the opportunity to do so.

The projects will help universities improve their support for these students by conducting research that builds the evidence base, piloting innovative approaches and improving current programme delivery.

National Priorities Pool projects include:

News | 1 February 2016

Two separate but related request for tenders (RFTs) for the procurement of Inclusion Agency services and Inclusion Development Fund Manager services under the ISP are now available on AusTender.

The RFTs will close on 7 March 2016 at 4.00 pm local Canberra time.

News | 1 February 2016

Services who participate in the programme will provide children with the opportunity to learn a language other than English by using innovative mobile apps as part of their learning activities in a preschool/kindergarten programme. Educators are not required to be proficient in speaking other languages for participation in the programme.


OPEN 9 am Monday 1 February 2016 (AEST)

CLOSE 5 pm Friday 4 March 2016 (AEST)

Eligibility criteria apply and all services that participate are required to adhere to the Participation Guidelines.

ELLA Expression of Interest Online Form

News | 24 December 2015

The Australian Government is making important reforms to the VET FEE HELP scheme to improve the quality and effectiveness of the scheme and to better protect students taking out a VET FEE HELP loan.

News | 21 December 2015

The pilots will seek to improve apprenticeship outcomes for employers, apprentices and the economy by developing innovative trade training arrangements that will aim to reduce costs for employers, boost training quality and offer apprentices more choice in how they train for a trade.

A competitive funding round for pilot projects will open in the first half of 2016. More detailed information will be made available by March 2016. 

News | 15 December 2015

As part of the Australian Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda and the broader Regulatory Reform Agenda the Government has adopted the principle that if a system, service or product has been approved under a trusted international standard or risk assessment, then Commonwealth regulators should not impose any additional requirements for approval in Australia, unless it can be demonstrated that there is a good reason to do so. The objective of this principle is to reduce regulatory burden and remove barriers to trade.

To implement this principle, Education and Training, in consultation with portfolio regulators, has developed the following criteria for assessing the appropriateness of adopting a particular international standard or risk assessment.

Portfolio criteria for the adoption of International Standards and Risk Assessments

Where a potential international standard exists:

News | 9 December 2015


Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training addressing the Awards ceremony at Parliament House. Picture: Irene Dowdy

News | 7 December 2015

The Government has committed to the following initiatives in the Education and Training portfolio as part of the agenda:

News | 4 December 2015

Ms Paul is the second-longest serving Secretary and has been a chief executive for 11 years.

“For me, every day of my 11 years as a Secretary has been a privilege,” Ms Paul said.

“In coming to this decision, I want to thank the Prime Minister and Minister Birmingham for their support.

“I am proud of being able to help make a positive difference over the years to the lives of Australians and others in areas so important for our nation’s future such as early childhood, schooling, vocational education, skills and training, higher education, international education, research, science, employment, workforce and workplace relations. I am also proud of the special focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

News | 4 December 2015

The report was prepared by Dr Ian Watt, along with a small working group made up of experts in the higher education and research sector. A range of stakeholder consultations were held to inform the report, including roundtables with universities and business as well as a formal submission process. The review also sourced a range of additional material from universities, including 48 case studies on university-business collaboration, which have been published as a separate volume to this report.

The report outlines a range of actions that will strengthen Australia’s research system, encourage greater collaboration between universities and industry and help Australia translate its high quality research into economic and social benefits.

News | 3 December 2015

Winners were recognised and acknowledged from a variety of unique categories, as well for different school years from primary through to senior secondary. The illustrious National Young Historian award was taken out by Canberran Ineka Voigt for her in-depth research on artist Nora Heyson.  Ineka also won the ACT Young Historian award in 2014.

The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP, Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, was on hand to present a number of awards and he spoke passionately of the high standard of entries received.

“This year’s winning entries explored the theme ‘Leadership and Legacy’ in a wide variety of historical contexts in both Australia and overseas,” Minister Hartsukyer said.

News | 2 December 2015

The key elements of the package are:

  • the new, simpler Child Care Subsidy, which will improve child care affordability
  • the Child Care Safety Net, which will improve accessibility
  • the Nanny Pilot Programme, which will enhance flexibility.

The Child Care Subsidy will replace the Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) payments with a single, means-tested payment. 

Families using child care from July 2017, on family incomes between $65,710 to $170,710 will be on average around $1500 a year better off under this Package.

The Child Care Safety Net will help provide targeted assistance for disadvantaged communities and vulnerable and at-risk children and families to ensure they get a strong start while supporting parents to enter the workforce.

News | 25 November 2015

From 1 January 2016, all children under the age of 20 must be up-to-date with their immunisations, on a catch up schedule or have a medical exemption in order to continue receiving the Child Care Benefit (CCB), Child Care Rebate (CCR) and the Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A payment.

Vaccination objections on the basis of personal or philosophical beliefs will no longer be a valid immunisation exemption for these family payments.

Exemptions will still apply for children with medical contraindications or natural immunity who have been assessed by a general practitioner.

News | 23 November 2015

Skills Ministers from across the country came together to continue discussions on the actions being taken across the reform priorities for the vocational education system. At the meeting a range of immediate actions, as well as areas for future focus, were agreed.


News | 20 November 2015

The Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP, Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, provided a keynote address at the presentation dinner.

Minister Hartsuyker

“All the award finalists have achieved amazing things thanks to VET, and are helping build a highly skilled workforce to help our nation remain competitive into the future, ” Minister Hartsuyker told over 700 guests at the presentation dinner. View the Minister’s media release, here.

News | 13 November 2015

In May 2015 the Department of Education and Training (the department) initiated formal reviews into six non-government school authorities associated with the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) to ensure that each authority is meeting the requirements of the Australian Education Act 2013 (the Act).

The Act requires, amongst other obligations, that all school authorities operate not-for-profit, be a ‘fit and proper person’ and ensure that funding provided is used only for school education.

The Department has concluded the reviews and has notified each school authority that it is not currently complying with governance, financial and accountability requirements of the Act. All school authorities in Australia are required to meet these requirements in order to receive Commonwealth funding and the department actively monitors compliance with these requirements.

News | 12 November 2015

Universal access to early childhood education ensures that a quality, early childhood education programme is available for all children in the year before full-time school (often referred to as preschool or kindergarten). The programme is to be delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher for 600 hours a year, with a focus on participation by Indigenous children, vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

Research shows that participating in a quality early childhood education programme can significantly increase positive educational and life outcomes for children, especially those from more disadvantaged backgrounds. The universal access initiative aims to improve participation in quality early childhood education for all Australian children.

News | 10 November 2015

Australia’s best apprentices, trainees, VET teacher/trainers, vocational students, businesses, industry partnerships, secondary schools and registered training organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to skilling Australia will gather in Hobart on Thursday 19 November at 7:00pm for the 2015 Australian Training Awards.

The majority of the awards are the culmination of the state and territory awards with winners from aligned categories in each state and territory eligible to compete at the national level. There are also seven award categories available by entering directly to the Australian Training Awards.

News | 9 November 2015

Australians living overseas who have a Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) debt or Trade Support Loan (TSL) will have the same repayment obligations as people living in Australia, following the passage through Parliament of overseas debt recovery legislation.

Until now, people who took out a HELP or TSL loan and moved overseas were under no obligation to repay their debt as long as they remained offshore residents. Now, anyone who has a HELP or TSL debt, who earns above the minimum repayment threshold ($54,126 in 2015-16), will repay their debt regardless of where they live.

News | 5 November 2015

On 05/11/2015 the Minister for Tourism and International Education, Senator Richard Colbeck announced the successful recipients of the Australian Government’s Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships for 2016.

These scholarships will support 500 high achieving international recipients with an opportunity to study in Australia and an additional 198 Australians to further their skills and knowledge overseas while building their international awareness.

Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are internationally competitive and promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia and participating countries around the world.

Applications for the 2017 Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowship round are expected to open in April 2016.

More information can be found on Senator Richard Colbeck’s Media Release...

News | 28 October 2015

The Department of Education and Training Annual Report 2014–15 was tabled in Parliament on 28 October 2015.

An accessibility-optimised PDF of the report and a html version of the Department of Education and Training Annual report 2014-15 is available.

News | 28 October 2015

The department has released a paper which summarises major reviews of higher education funding policy over the past 25 years.

The paper surveys the findings of the 1988 Dawkins’ White Paper through to the 2014 Kemp-Norton Review of the Demand Driven Funding System. It also canvasses international developments.

It shows that successive Australian governments have faced similar challenges in ensuring higher education funding is fair, sustainable and able to meet the increasing demand for high level skills in our economy.

Minister Birmingham’s media release is available on the Minister’s media centre.

News | 9 October 2015

The Department of Education and Training is committed to reconciliation and is proud to support Narragunnawali. This commitment is outlined in the department’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2014-2017.

An online RAP Developer has been developed to guide schools and early learning service through the process of developing a RAP.

News | 2 October 2015

In July and August 2015, Emeritus Professor Ross Milbourne AO led a series of consultation roundtables, webinars and meetings to discuss the establishment of a new learning and teaching institute with the higher education sector. Professor Milbourne’s report on the consultation process can be accessed from the link below:

Report: A New National Institute for Learning and Teaching

This report will inform the development of a request for proposal for a new learning and teaching institute, which will be issued by the department in the coming weeks.

Further information can be found at