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The 2015‑16 Annual Performance Statements measure and assess our performance in achieving our purposes in accordance with the criteria as set out in:

  • The Department of Education and Training 2015–2019 Corporate Plan
  • The Department of Social Services 2015‑16 Corporate Plan (in relation to child care functions only)8
  • 2015‑16 Education and Training Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS)
  • 2015‑16 Social Services PBS (in relation to child care programs only)
  • 2015‑16 Education and Training Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAES).

The tables below list our performance criteria under each of our purposes. These tables aim to guide the reader to where our performance against each criterion is reported in these statements. 

Table 2.20: Support access to quality child care – performance criteria
Description of performance criteria Criterion source Results reported in section
Percentage of children in priority groups using child care services
  • Indigenous children
  • children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • children with disability
DSS 2015–16 Corporate Plan and 2015–16 Social Services PBS Our program performance – Program 1.6
Extent of implementation of initiatives to improve the quality and affordability of child care DSS 2015–16 Corporate Plan and 2015–16 Social Services PBS Our priorities
Number of children in child care assisted through Jobs Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance DSS 2015–16 Corporate Plan and 2015–16 Social Services PBS Our program performance – Program 1.6
Number of parents assisted through Jobs Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance
Number of child care services receiving assistance to improve access and quality of child care – by type of assistance
Number of families assisted through the Home Based Carer Subsidy Programme
Number of families receiving Child Care Benefit (CCB)
  • CCB only
  • CCB and Child Care Rebate (CCR)
DSS 2015–16 Corporate Plan and 2015–16 Social Services PBS Our program performance – Program 1.7
Percentage of families using child care services that receive a child care payment (CCB or CCR)
Administered outlay Appendix 1 – Agency resource statement and resources for outcomes
Number of families receiving CCR
  • CCR only
  • CCB and CCR
DSS 2015–16 Corporate Plan and 2015–16 Social Services PBS Our program performance – Program 1.8
Percentage of families using child care services that receive a child care payment (CCB or CCR)
Administered outlay Appendix 1 – Agency resource statement and resources for outcomes
Number of families receiving Child Care Subsidy (CCS) DSS 2015–16 Corporate Plan and 2015–16 Social Services PBS N/A because the CCS does not commence until July 2018
Percentage of families using child care services that receive the CCS
Administered outlay

8 Early childhood and child care functions transferred from the Department of Social Services (DSS) under the Administrative Arrangements Order of 21 September 2015. This annual report refers to progress and achievements in early childhood and child care functions against the DSS Corporate Plan (as at 31 August 2015).

Table 2.21: Support quality early learning and schooling – performance criteria
Description of performance criteria Criterion source Results reported in section
Proportion of children, including Indigenous, vulnerable and disadvantaged children, enrolled in the year before full-time school in quality early childhood education programs 2015–2019 Corporate Plan Our program performance – Program 1.3
High-level targets and measures outlined in the Australian Education Act 2013 and the Education Council’s Measurement Framework for Schooling in Australia, including national performance, participation and Year 12 or equivalent attainment rates. 2015–2019 Corporate Plan Our performance highlights
Funded full-time equivalent student enrolment projections 2015–16 PAES Our program performance – Program 1.1
All full-time enrolments in Australian schools: Primary students 2015–16 PBS
All full-time enrolments in Australian schools: Secondary students 2015–16 PBS
Number of Indigenous students at school 2015–16 PBS
Funded full-time equivalent student enrolment projections 2015–16 PAES Our program performance – Program 1.2
Number of schools assisted with capital support 2015–16 PBS
All full-time enrolments in Australian schools: Primary students 2015–16 PBS
All full-time enrolments in Australian schools: Secondary students 2015–16 PBS
All full-time enrolments in Australian schools: Indigenous students 2015–16 PBS
Parliament and Civics Education Rebate: Number of schools visiting Canberra under PACER 2015–16 PBS Our program performance – Program 1.3
Helping Children with Autism package: Number of teachers and other school staff attending professional development courses 2015–16 PAES
Helping Children with Autism package: Number of parents and carers attending workshops and information sessions 2015–16 PAES
National School Chaplaincy Programme: Number of schools receiving support for chaplaincy services 2015–16 PBS
Early Learning Languages Australia trial:
Online foreign language learning in preschool programs trialled in 2015
2015–16 PBS
Teach for Australia: Number of associates commencing in schools 2015–16 PBS
Universal Access to Early Childhood Education National Partnership: Percentage of all children enrolled in preschool 2015–16 PBS Our program performance – Program 1.3
Universal Access to Early Childhood Education National Partnership: Percentage of Indigenous children enrolled in preschool 2015–16 PBS
Universal Access to Early Childhood Education National Partnership: Percentage of Indigenous children enrolled in preschool in remote areas 2015–16 PBS
Universal Access to Early Childhood Education National Partnership: Percentage of enrolled children enrolled in preschool for 600 hours a year 2015–16 PBS
Total announced projects (cumulative) 2015–16 PBS Our program performance – Program 1.4
Progress towards 2015 COAG target of 90 per cent Year 12 equivalent attainment 2015–16 PBS Our program performance – Program 1.5
Table 2.22: Excel through knowledge – performance criteria
Description of performance criteria Criterion source Results reported in section
Increased student participation in higher education, including by previously under-represented groups 2015–2019 Corporate Plan Our performance highlights
Improved infrastructure for tertiary education 2015–2019 Corporate Plan Our program performance – Program 2.3
Improved quality in higher education 2015–2019 Corporate Plan Our performance highlights
Increased participation in science and maths 2015–2019 Corporate Plan Our performance highlights
Sustained research performance, transparency and accountability of Australian higher education providers 2016–2019 Corporate Plan Our performance highlights
Sustained number of students completing higher degrees by research 2016–2019 Corporate Plan Our performance highlights
Improved research performance of less research intensive universities 2015–2019 Corporate Plan Our program performance – Program 2.6
Increased number of participants in activities promoting research-based careers 2015–2019 Corporate Plan Our program performance – Program 2.6
Increased access to research infrastructure to facilitate and support collaborative research activities 2015–2019 Corporate Plan Our analysis
Survey of International students’ satisfaction with studying and living in Australia 2015–2019 Corporate Plan Our performance highlights
Students who are able to repay their HELP debts do so 2016–2019 Corporate Plan Our program performance – Program 2.4
High quality policy advice to Government on the higher education sector 2016–2019 Corporate Plan Our performance highlights
Number of Commonwealth supported domestic undergraduate places 2015–16 PAES Our program performance – Program 2.1
Number of Commonwealth supported domestic postgraduate coursework places 2015–16 PAES
Number of enabling places 2015–16 PBS
Number of Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS) medical places 2015–16 PBS
Number of regional campuses under the CGS for which regional loading is applied 2015–16 PBS
Number of domestic enrolments (full-time equivalent) 2015–16 PAES
Number of domestic postgraduate enrolments (full-time equivalent) 2015–16 PBS
Number of undergraduate completions 2015–16 PAES
Number of postgraduate coursework completions 2015–16 PAES
Eligible Table A universities supported by the Higher Education Superannuation Program 2015–16 PBS Our program performance – Program 2.2
Number of learning and teaching citations and awards provided to higher education providers by the Promotion of Excellence in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Program 2015–16 PBS Our program performance – Program 2.3
Number of learning and teaching projects supported by the Promotion of Excellence in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Program 2015–16 PBS
Number of maths and science projects supported by the Australian Maths and Science Partnerships Program 2015–16 PBS
Number of maths and science educational activities supported by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute project 2015–16 PBS
Number of infrastructure projects supported by – EIF Regional Priorities Round and SAF 2015–16 PBS
Higher education graduates in full-time employment within four months of completion of degree as a proportion of those available for work 2015–16 PBS
Graduate starting salaries as a proportion of male average weekly earnings 2015–16 PBS
Number of domestic undergraduate low SES enrolments 2015–16 PAES
Statistical Area Level 1 measure of the number of domestic undergraduates in low SES 2015–16 PAES
Proportion of higher education undergraduate students from a low SES background 2015–16 PBS
Number of Indigenous students enrolled at funded institutions 2015–16 PBS
Number of Indigenous completions at funded institutions 2015–16 PBS
Number of Indigenous student enrolments by selected higher education course level categories 2015–16 PBS
Number of universities participating in Australian Maths and Science Partnership Program (AMSPP) projects 2015–16 PBS
Number of students participating in Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) activities 2015–16 PBS
Number of Commonwealth supported places for which HECS‑HELP loans paid 2015–16 PAES Our program performance – Program 2.4
Number of places for which FEE-HELP loans paid 2015–16 PAES
Number of OS-HELP loans to assist students to undertake some of their course overseas 2015–16 PAES
Number of SA-HELP loans to assist students to pay their services and amenities fees 2015–16 PAES
Number of places for which VET FEE-HELP loans paid 2015–16 PAES
Average amount of debt ($) 2015–16 PAES
Average number of years to repay debt 2015–16 PBS
Proportion of new debt not expected to be repaid 2015–16 PBS
Number of commencing Australian Postgraduate Awards allocated 2015–16 PBS Our program performance – Program 2.5
Number of commencing International Postgraduate Research Scholarships allocated 2015–16 PBS
Number of higher education providers receiving support for research 2015–16 PBS
Number of higher education providers receiving support for research training 2015–16 PBS
The equivalent full-time student load supported by the Research Training Scheme 2015–16 PBS
Number of higher degree by research student completions 2015–16 PBS
Number of research institutions supported by the Collaborative Research Networks (CRN) program 2015–16 PBS Our program performance – Program 2.6
Number of learned academies and associations supported under the Higher Education Research Promotion scheme 2015–16 PBS
Number of Australian Public Service agencies participating in National Security College (NSC) activities 2015–16 PBS
Number of partnerships supported by the Collaborative Research Networks program 2015–16 PBS
Number of attendees participating in activities promoting research awareness 2015–16 PBS
Number of research infrastructure projects established under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy to offer services to the research sector 2015–16 PBS
Number of Commonwealth participants in National Security College courses 2015–16 PBS
Number of participants in National Security College courses 2015–16 PBS
Number of projects and/or activities funded by the Increased Profile of Australian International Education Sector program 2015–16 PBS Our program performance – Program 2.7
Number of international scholarships, fellowships and exchange opportunities supported (Endeavour and mobility programs) 2015–16 PBS
Proportion of international student survey respondents who are satisfied or very satisfied with studying in Australia 2015–16 PBS
Proportion of international student survey respondents who are satisfied or very satisfied with living in Australia 2015–16 PBS
Table 2.23: Build skills and capability – performance criteria
Description of performance criteria Criterion source Results reported in section
Growth in the number and proportion of Australians with VET skills (includes measurement of whether employed or not) 2015–2019 Corporate Plan Our performance highlights
Growth in the apprenticeship completion rate 2015–2019 Corporate Plan Our priorities
Change in reported employer satisfaction with vocationally‑trained graduates 2015–2019 Corporate Plan Our program performance
Change in reported student satisfaction, including proportion of students reporting improved employment status 2015–2019 Corporate Plan Our program performance
Changes in individual returns from investment in education and training, including employment and wages 2016–2019 Corporate Plan This measure is reported in the OECD Education at a Glance publication, which publishes information on the private costs and benefits of attaining upper secondary or post-secondary non‑tertiary education. However, as the most recent published data for Australia relates to 2009, the department did not consider this data to be relevant to the current reporting period.
Change in indicators of quality of training, including regulatory actions and revisions to training packages 2016–2019 Corporate Plan Our performance highlights
Progress towards National Partnership on Skills Reform outcomes (greater accessibility, transparency, quality and efficiency of the VET system) 2016–2019 Corporate Plan Our performance highlights
Number of eligible young people assisted through the Training for Employment Scholarships 2015–16 PBS Our program performance – Program 2.8.1
Number of eligible young people assisted through the Youth Employment Pathways 2015–16 PBS
Number of participants supported to undertake training and/or support services 2015–16 PAES
Number of organisations contracted to provide services as Australian Apprenticeships Centres 2015–16 PBS Our program performance – Program 2.8.2
Number of organisations contracted to provide services as Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers 2015–16 PBS
Total number of employers who have received a payment under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program 2015–16 PBS
Total number of Australian apprentices receiving a Personal Benefit through the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program 2015–16 PBS
Total number of Australian Apprentices assisted through Trade Support Loan payments 2015–16 PBS
Number of eligible job seekers assisted through the Skills for Education and Employment program 2015–16 PAES Our program performance – Program 2.8.3
Number of eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants assisted through the Adult Migrant English Program 2015–16 PAES