News | 19 October 2020

Under the packages, Government university funding of $18 billion in 2020 will grow to $20 billion by 2024.

The package will create up to 30,000 new university places, and 50,000 new short course places by 2021 and provide additional support for students in regional and remote Australia. Further, in 2021 an additional $1 billion has been allocated to support the vital research activities of Australia’s universities.

The changes will deliver more job-ready graduates in the disciplines and regions where they are needed most and help drive the nation’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The package will ensure better university funding arrangements, a better integrated tertiary system, targeted investments in national priorities, improved transparency and accountability, and more opportunities for regional, remote and Indigenous students.

News | 9 October 2020

The package delivers immediate support to students, universities and researchers as we work to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Total funding for higher education in 2021 will exceed $20 billion, a record level of investment in the sector and increase of more than $2 billion from 2020. The investment supports up to 30,000 places for students and around 50,000 more short courses.

The legislation to enact the package passed the Senate on 8 October 2020. Before it becomes law, it must be voted again in the House of Representatives, and signed by the Governor-General.

For more information, visit the Job-ready Graduates Package page.

News | 8 October 2020

COVID-19 has changed the way we live, work and do business, but there are opportunities on the horizon.

No matter what age or career stage you are at, if you have experienced changes to your career, are uncertain about your future, or you are looking to plan a future career move, Your Career provides clear and simple careers information to help.

For young people finishing school in 2020, the website features the School Leavers Information Kit, Your Career: What’s next for you? providing young people with tailored information about education, training and work options as they navigate the changing labour market.

News | 2 October 2020

Coming into effect in July 2023, the single streamlined process will strengthen the sharing of information between jurisdictions and support child care monitoring and compliance activities.

These changes will benefit up to 1500 mostly small businesses seeking to establish new early childhood education and child care services each year.

The department is committed to reducing red tape by reducing the time and cost that child care providers must invest in supplying duplicate information to the Australian and state and territory governments.

The changes will also strengthen fraud control measures, reducing the risks to the community and costs to government associated with detecting and responding to fraud and non-compliance.

The reduced red tape will save the sector an estimated $62 million a year.

News | 30 September 2020

From 1 January 2021, new higher education students will need a Unique Student Identifier (USI) to be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)and Commonwealth financial assistance (HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP or OS-HELP).

Students seeking Commonwealth support for the first time will be required to provide their USI on their electronic Commonwealth assistance form (eCAF).

News | 18 September 2020

Find out more about how Australia’s national research infrastructure is responding to COVID-19 by clicking on the interactive poster below.

To find out more about NCRIS, visit

News | 4 September 2020

The national awards celebrate the work of Australia’s own Dorothea Mackellar, one of Australia’s best-loved bush poets, with her most famous poem ‘My Country’ written at age 19, after a bout of homesickness while travelling overseas. The awards give young people from across the country an opportunity to express themselves through poetry.

Submissions for the 2020 Poetry Awards opened on 1 March 2020 and closed on 30 June 2020 with an optional theme of ‘We Used to Live There’. This year’s competition received 7650 entries with a high standard of work across all categories.

From these entries the 2020 winners are:

News | 3 September 2020

Further information is available on the Tackling Contract Cheating webpage

News | 3 September 2020

This follows advice to the Minister for Education from the Higher Education Standards Panel, which has now been published.

Visit the Higher Education Standards Panel page for further information.

News | 10 August 2020

With multiple session being held during August and September, the Innovation forum is bringing together key Australian education sector stakeholders to understand how technology and data can be harnessed to track student learning and assist teachers to access the best resources for their needs. The initiative is in its alpha (second phase) and once operational, it will help teachers by making clear connections between learning progressions, curriculum, and assessment, initially in literacy and numeracy.

Most importantly, the initiative will support more targeted teaching to help improve learning progress for students. It will give teachers the tools, flexibility and professional learning they need to plan teaching that will work best for the students in their classroom. It will also give students more insight into their learning and better understanding about next steps to improve progress.

News | 7 August 2020

The teacher administered online Phonics Check for Year 1 students will help teachers identify students who need additional support and intervention to help with their reading and literacy skills development.

Learning to read is a partnership between schools and families. To support this partnership, families might like to do the phonics or the reading awareness check so they can better understand how their children are tracking in learning to read. This will help equip families to engage with their child’s classroom teacher, who is best placed to advise families how to support the development of literacy skills at home.

Resources with key information about phonics and learning to read, and materials that support delivery of the checks are available on the Literacy Hub. The Hub also includes a range of activities that support learning to read at school and at home.

News | 3 August 2020

At a ceremony on Friday 31 July 2020, the judges said the program provided “a unique and creative approach to higher education”.

The Regional University Centres program gives tertiary students the option to remain in their regional or remote community while undertaking their course online in a fully supported ‘campus-like’ environment.

With the June 2020 announcement of the Job-ready Graduates package, the Australian Government committed a further $21 million over four years to further expand and strengthen the program to provide the facilities needed to improve the tertiary education experience of regional students.

This brings the Government’s total investment since 2016 to more than $1 billion in measures to improve higher-level tertiary education outcomes for regional and remote Australia.

Find out more on the Regional University Centres page.

News | 17 July 2020

The Equity in Higher Education Panel (EHEP) is a high level strategic advisory body with a focus on student equity in higher education. The EHEP will provide strategic advice and make recommendations to the Department of Education, Skills, and Employment on strategic issues relating to improving student equity in higher education. As part of its work the EHEP will develop a National Equity in Higher Education Roadmap, a five year strategy to accelerate performance of underrepresented equity groups nationally and to raise the profile of equity best practice in the sector to embed it more effectively in universities’ missions.

The full membership of the Panel is as follows:

News | 16 July 2020

The Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment is undertaking a review of the Standards through an extensive community consultation process. The Standards are reviewed every five years to test if they are effective in achieving their objects and whether any improvements could be made.

Current, former and prospective students with disability, their families and carers, advocates, educators and other members of the public are invited to share their experiences, views and ideas to inform the Review. A discussion paper has been developed with guiding questions to help you have your say.

There is a range of different ways you can share your views and ideas. To register to be involved or to make a submission visit the Consultation Hub.

The consultations are open until 11.59pm AEST on Friday, 25 September 2020.

News | 13 July 2020

The Mathematics Online Courses and Hub project is part of an Australian Government funding initiative of $9.5 million to develop online teaching and learning resources for mathematics and numeracy.

Work on the project is now under way. Once complete the free and nationally available Mathematics Online Courses and Hub will provide centralised, contemporary resources and tools to support teachers to deliver high quality mathematics and numeracy education across Australia’s school sector. Resources will be progressively rolled out from December this year.

For more information on please visit the Minister’s Media Centre or the Online teaching and learning resources to support mathematics and numeracy page.

News | 8 June 2020

Minister for Education Dan Tehan has now announced that the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package will be extended until 12 July 2020 to keep services viable and to provide care for families of essential workers and vulnerable children. This decision follows the Four Week Review of the Relief Package and extensive sector-wide consultations.

News | 18 May 2020

Throughout 2020, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment will be reviewing the Disability Standards for Education 2005. The department is consulting with key peak disability bodies to help design and to inform the Review, and more information about how you can participate will be made available in the coming month. For further information and to sign up to receive updates on the Review, please visit 2020 Review of the Disability Standards for Education 

News | 15 May 2020

The Australian Government is continuing to work with states and territories and non-government education authorities to support teachers, school leaders and school communities to continue to provide high quality education during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes supporting teachers and parents to work together to ensure children continue their education throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several resources are available to teachers to help at this challenging time:

To help support teachers, school leaders and school communities in providing high quality education during the COVID-19 pandemic, the department has collated a series of useful resources.

You can find out more by vising the Resources for teachers and school leaders page

News | 14 May 2020

The Australian Government will provide an additional $10 million to improve COVID-19 hygiene measures in non-government schools that plan to have 50 per cent of their students back in the classroom by 1 June 2020. The Special Circumstances funding will be available to school to help cover hygiene costs for items such as soap, hand sanitiser, classroom cleaning products and additional cleaning costs. Funding is intended to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and is expected to be paid in June 2020.

Further information can be found on the school hygiene assistance fund webpage.

News | 14 May 2020

The Australian Government is committed to ensuring that every student, including students with disability, have access to education in a sustainable and effective manner during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Advice is available for schools and parents to ensure students continue to receive reasonable adjustments. Guidance and resources are also available to assist students with disability learning at home.

More information is available on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.

News | 12 May 2020

The Destination Australia Program is designed to encourage domestic and international students to study in regional Australia, to grow and develop regional Australian tertiary education providers and to offer students a high-quality learning experience. Higher education and vocational education providers with a campus located in regional Australia may be eligible to apply for scholarships of up to $15,000 per year for students to study at that campus.

More information is available on the Destination Australia page.

News | 6 May 2020

The funding totals $452.3 million and means every child will continue to have access to a preschool program (also referred to as kindergarten in some states) for 600 hours (15 hours a week) until the end of 2021.

Preschool is primarily a state and territory responsibility and preschool systems vary across jurisdictions.

By providing this funding to states and territories, the Australian Government has committed to continuing funding arrangements that have achieved significant improvements in preschool participation, while ensuring national consistency in the number of hours available.

This extension, along with the funding already committed for the 2020 calendar year, provides continuity for the preschool sector as Australia deals with the impacts of COVID-19.

News | 5 May 2020

To help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in schools, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment has developed a series of posters with information and tips for school staff, high school and secondary school students, and primary school students. A similar poster is also available for Early Childhood Education and Child Care Centres.

The posters for schools are based on updated health advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), provided on 24 April 2020, about reducing the transmission of COVID-19 in schools.

For more information, and to access the posters, visit the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.

News | 29 April 2020

This is in addition to financial assistance the government is making available to small and medium sized businesses and not-for-profit organisations to help with their cash flow.

More information is available on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.