A range of major reforms to child care and early learning, schools and higher education will be complemented by a new Skilling Australians Fund that will ensure Australians have more pathways to get the education they need to succeed.
The 2017–18 Budget reinforces the Department of Education and Training's key role in delivering an education system which provides opportunities for all Australians, no matter their background or where they live.
The department's budget measures include:
The Quality Schools reform will deliver schools funding that is fair, transparent, equitable and needs-based, with funding tied to reforms that will make a difference to every child. This includes a 12 month extension to the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education which will provide more certainty for the preschool sector.
Higher Education Reform Package
The Higher Education Reform Package will deliver a more sustainable sector with more choices for students and increase transparency and accountability in higher education.
Jobs for Families
Further strengthening of the Jobs for Families Child Care Package will provide more targeted support to families who need it most.
Skills and Training
A new Skilling Australians Fund will be established which, when matched with funding from the states, will support apprentices, trainees, and higher level skilled Australians.
The new Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices program aims to increase retention rates among apprentices, particularly in the first two years of training.
Full details of the 2017-18 Budget are available in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2017-18.