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.

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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.

Through a range of policies and programmes, the Department of Education and Training helps to provide families with access to quality and affordable early child care and childhood learning for children.

As announced by the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on 20 September 2015, child care policies and programmes have been transferred to the Department of Education and Training.

*Information for families about Child Care Payments Compliance Programme, Child Care Information for Service Providers, Early Childhood Workforce Initiatives, MyChild, National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care is currently available on the Department of Social Services website.

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.

Australia’s higher education system is made up of universities and other institutions that play a critical role in fuelling innovation, driving productivity and giving students the skills they need for future success. The Australian Government supports higher education through policies, funding and programmes. 

The Government is seeking to implement changes to higher education to create a system that is higher in quality, more accessible, more competitive and more sustainable.

To achieve these objectives, the Government remains committed to delivering policies that ensure our higher education sector delivers the educational opportunities and research outcomes Australia needs to succeed in the future. The Government is consulting with students, their parents, institutions, employers, Senators and other stakeholders to ensure ongoing, fair and sustainable support for an adaptive, world-class higher education system, with equitable access for students.

To provide certainty to the Australian higher education community as this consultation process is undertaken, the Government has determined that 2016 higher education arrangements will be the same as 2015.

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.

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.

The Department of Education and Training works with states, territories and non-government education providers to provide quality early learning, schooling, improved student outcomes and transitions to and from school through parent engagement, quality teaching and learning environments.

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.