Schooling Programmes

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Students First

An effective education system where students come first offers greater opportunities to raise self-worth and better support families and communities.

School education

To ensure Australia’s future prosperity and to remain competitive internationally, the Australian Government is committed to ensuring that all Australian students have access to a high-quality school education through its Students-First approach.

Funding for schools

The Australian Government provides funding for schools, both government and non-government. ...

Quality Teaching

It has long been recognised that teacher quality is the single most important factor, in a school, in influencing student engagement and achievement. That is why teacher quality is one of the four key pillars of the Australian Government’s students-first approach to school education.

Indigenous Schooling

The Australian Government is committed to achieving better results for Indigenous Australians in three priority areas - getting children to school, adults into work and building safe communities.

My School

The My School website contains school performance data and other information on Australian schools. Parents, teachers, principals and the community can search profiles of almost 10,000 Australian schools.

Targeted investment in schools

This page contains information about targeted investment in schools.

Literacy, Numeracy and Special Learning Needs Programme

The Literacy, Numeracy and Special Learning Needs Programme provided financial assistance to non-government schools with disadvantaged students. The programme supported the most educationally disadvantaged school students who were at risk of not reaching the National Minimum Standard in literacy...

Student Resilience and Wellbeing

The Australian Government recognises that schools play a vital role in promoting the social and emotional development and wellbeing of young Australians.

Students with disability

The Australian Government provides substantial funding to education authorities to help meet the educational needs of all students, including those with disability. ...

More Support for Students with Disabilities

The More Support for Students with Disabilities (MSSD) initiative was introduced to raise awareness and understanding of educator’s obligations to students with disability under the Standards. The MSSD was a short term injection of funding over three school years, 2012 to 2014 inclusive, to build...

Trade Training Centres in Schools Program

There are 511 projects funded under the Trade Training Centres in Schools Program.  This includes 136 Trades Skills Centres (TSCs). To reflect the Government’s commitment to stronger industry linkages, project funding agreements for TSCs have been enhanced to ensure that industry engagement...

Career Development

Career development is the ongoing process of managing your life, learning and work. It involves developing the skills and knowledge that enable you to plan and make informed decisions about your education, training and career choices.

Australian Vocational Student Prize

The Australian Vocational Student Prize has ceased.

Australian Student Prize

The Australian Student Prize has ceased.

Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme

The Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) have overall policy responsibility for the Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC) Scheme.

Country Areas Programme

The Country Areas Programme provided assistance to primary and secondary non-government schools in rural, regional and remote areas to help improve student learning opportunities.

National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), part of the National Assessment Program (NAP), is an annual assessment undertaken in the second week of May every year by all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. NAPLAN, which began in 2008, tests students in the domains of Reading,...

Online Curriculum and Assessment

The Australian Government is supporting teachers to implement the Australian Curriculum and support student learning using online tools and resources.

Technology in Schools

The Australian Government supports the appropriate use of technology in Australian schools to prepare students to learn, train and live in a digital world.

Broadband Enabled Education

The Broadband Enabled Education and Skills Services Programme is funding trials to show how students, teachers and parents can benefit from improved online access to education, training and skills services made possible by broadband communications technology.

Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowships

Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowships will not be offered for January 2016 and beyond. Funds will be redirected to help offset the funding needed to implement the Government’s response to the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group report, Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers, which...

English as a Second Language - New Arrivals Programme

The Australian Government, through the English as a Second Language - New Arrivals Programme, provided funding to Catholic and independent schools to assist migrant students to receive intensive English language tuition.

Parliament and Civics Education Rebate

Schools more than 150 kilometres from Canberra may be able to get help from the Australian Government to cover costs of a civics and citizenship education excursion to Canberra.

Curriculum, Assessment and Teaching

The Australian Curriculum provides teachers and parents with a clear understanding of what needs to be covered in each school subject from Foundation to Year 12. This includes teaching and assessment standards.

National School Improvement Tool

The National School Improvement Tool helps schools to review and guide their efforts at improving the quality of classroom teaching and learning and student performance.

Agriculture in Education programme

The Agriculture in Education programme helps teachers better understand the products and processes associated with food and fibre production and gives students an opportunity to understand the importance of agriculture in the Australian economy. It supports effective implementation of the...

Independent Public Schools

The Australian Government has committed $70 million to working with all states and territories to help their government schools become more autonomous by 2017.

National Partnerships for Low SES Schools, Literacy and Numeracy and Improving Teacher Quality

The National Partnerships for Low Socio-economic Status School Communities, Literacy and Numeracy and Improving Teacher Quality ran from 2009 to 2013. The National Partnership Agreements, Bilateral Agreements and Implementation Plans are available on the federal financial relations website.

National School Chaplaincy Programme

The Australian Government has committed $243.8 million over four years from 2014-15 to 2017-18 to assist approximately 2900 schools engage the services of a school chaplain. Consistent with the Government’s election commitment the new National School Chaplaincy Programme (NSCP) will focus on the...

Partnerships for schools, businesses and communities

The Australian Government provides resources to help schools, businesses and communities build successful partnerships to benefit the education outcomes of young people.

Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) pilot

The Australian Government’s P-TECH styled pilot will test an innovative model of education-industry collaboration that provides students studying for their Senior Secondary Certificate with an industry supported pathway to a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related diploma,...

Policy roundtables

The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education and Training, is hosting a series of roundtables to improve the education of students with disability and learning difficulties. ...

School to Work Transitions

There is a clear link between getting a year 12 certificate (or equivalent qualification) and improved social and economic outcomes for all young people. The Australian Government recognises the importance of education and training and is encouraging young people to complete school and...

Schools Service Point

Schools Service Point (SSP) is an internet-based system that provides users from non-government school with access to the Department of Education's schools-related data collections, such as:

Vocational Pathways

Vocational Learning and Vocational Education and Training (VET), which include Australian School-based Apprenticeships, can be undertaken by secondary students.