About the Department

The Department of Education creates a better future for all Australians through education.


Our role - what we do

We provide strategic direction and national leadership of Australia’s education system – through early years, school, higher education and research.

We advise the Australian Government on education.

We steward the government’s vision for reforming Australia’s education system.


Our impact - who benefits

We support Australians to access education and realise the benefits of lifelong learning through national policies and programs.

Read the 2023–24 Corporate Plan for the Department of Education


Our Ministers and Executive


Ministers for the Department of Education.

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Secretary and deputy secretaries

The Secretary and executive for the Department of Education are responsible for the delivery of the department’s services.

View our Executive


Corporate reporting and plans


The Department's Portfolio Budget information for each financial year.

View the Budget page

Reconciliation Action Plan

The department is committed to developing an equitable society that recognises the unique strengths of Australia’s First Nations people and empowering them to contribute to quality education and learning outcomes that reflect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ priorities, values and strengths. 

Read the Reconciliation Action Plan

Corporate Reporting

The department's formal reporting content including the Information Publication Scheme, Annual Reports, Budget, Freedom of Information and Data Strategy.

View the Corporate Reporting information


Work with us

The Department of Education works to ensure Australians can experience the well being and economic benefits that quality education.

Work with us - current vacancies