News | 18 March 2020

My School is a website that provides information about nearly every school in Australia, including school finances, enrolment profile, attendance rates and teacher numbers.

The website, which was updated today, also displays the latest school level NAPLAN results and has a stronger focus on student progress and improved ways of making comparisons.

NAPLAN is an important tool to gauge progress and improvement because it provides nationally consistent and useful information to parents and the school community.

The information available on the website has been improved to make it easier for parents and the community to access the information they need.

News | 18 March 2020

We are holding a free webcast on Thursday, 19 March from 11:30am – 12:00pm (AEDT).

The webcast is designed for child care providers and services and will provide information about the support mechanisms in place to assist the early childhood education and care sector in managing the impacts of COVID-19.

You can watch the webcast live via viostream. There is no need to register.

Please note the link will only activate 5 minutes prior to the webcast commencing.

For more information about COVID-19 visit our webpage.

News | 2 March 2020

The Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP is encouraging schools to participate in the 10th annual National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, on Friday 20 March 2020.

Watch the Minister’s Video Message.

The National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence (NDA) is Australia’s largest anti-bullying event for schools. It is an opportunity for schools to highlight their everyday work to counter bullying and violence.

The theme for NDA 2020 is “take action together”.

For more information about the NDA, and instructions for how to register, visit the Bullying. No Way! Website.

News | 27 February 2020

The Australian Government commissioned the Centre for Program Evaluation at the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education to prepare the Teaching Practice Evaluation Framework.

The framework provides guidance to support the implementation of teacher evaluation systems which promote professional growth in schools. It guides users in the selection of appropriate teacher evaluation tools through consideration of a range of aspects associated with effective evaluation practices.

The framework operationalises the findings of two prior projects: Teacher Effectiveness Systems, Frameworks and Measures: A Review and Key Characteristics of Effective Teachers: A Systematic Review.

News | 24 February 2020

These amendments give effect to the recommendations of the review of the Higher Education Provider Category Standards to improve the functioning of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standard Agency and clarify the categories of providers in Australia's higher education sector.

Comments must be received by 11.59 pm, Tuesday 31 March 2020.

The Panel will host a live webcast Q&A session for higher education stakeholders on the draft amendments to the Threshold Standards on Friday 28 February 2020, following the Universities Australia conference.

The Q&A session will provide background information to inform stakeholders’ written comments on the consultation paper. It is an opportunity to engage directly with the Panel, and respond to key issues raised in the consultation paper.

News | 4 February 2020

On 29 November 2018, the Red Tape Committee released its inquiry report into the effect of red tape on private education.

The Government’s response coveys the government’s commitment to reduce unnecessary red tape and regulatory burden and contribute to the Australian Government’s Deregulation Agenda.

The Senate Select Committee on Red Tape Committee report:

Effect of red tape on private education

The Australian Government Response:

Australian Government Response to Effect of red tape on private education 

News | 28 January 2020

Novel coronavirus (also called 2019-nCoV) is a new strain of coronavirus affecting humans. The Australian Government Department of Health is working across agencies and with states and territories to implement measures to manage the risk of novel coronavirus.

Factsheets for schools and early childhood education and care services, parents, students and universities are now available in both English and Simplified Chinese.

This is an unfolding situation and people are advised to monitor the most up-to-date information via the websites of the Australian Government Department of Health and the State/Territory health department in your location.

News | 20 January 2020

Applications for the fourth round of the Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships (RRES) are now open. In 2020, more than 1000 scholarships, valued at up to $18,000 each, will be available to students living in regional and remote Australia, with additional consideration given to applicants affected by bushfire and drought.

RRES supports access to tertiary education for people from regional and remote areas of Australia studying any discipline, from Certificate IV to PhD level with an eligible higher education provider or vocational education and training institution. Scholarship recipients can choose any mode of study – face-to-face or online/by distance. Information about the scholarships, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, is available online through the support organisation, QTAC.

News | 17 January 2020

The Australian Government has announced a series of targeted initiatives to provide education and mental health support to children, families and communities affected by the 2019/20 bushfire crisis.

Schools and early childhood education and care services are central and stabilising forces across communities and provide safe spaces for children to be in times of crisis, need and change.

This is why the Australian Government is providing immediate support to children, families and early childhood education and care services and schools impacted by the bushfires.

These measures will help rebuild communities affected by unprecedented bushfires by supporting the physical and mental health of those affected, as well as supporting the economic recovery of impacted areas.

For more information visit the Support for bushfire affected communities page.

News | 9 January 2020

The Minister for Education invites stakeholder comments on proposed amendments to the Higher Education Support Act 2003 that were recommended by the Hon Robert French AC, former Chief Justice of the Higher Court of Australia, in his report on the Independent review of Freedom of Speech in Australian Higher Education Providers.

Comments must be received by the close of business, Monday 24 February 2020.

News | 7 January 2020

On 18 December 2019, the department released thefinal 2020 HERDC Specifications following consultation with the higher education sector. The Specifications (for the collection of 2019 data) provide guidance to higher education providers on their reporting requirements for research and development income data.

News | 18 December 2019

2020 research block grants allocations have now been announced

In 2020, the Government will continue its support for university research with funding of $1.96 billion through two research block grants programs - the Research Training Program (RTP) and the Research Support Program (RSP).

$910 million through the RSP will provide support to the indirect and systemic costs of research and over $1 billion through the RTP will provide scholarships to support the training of over 40,000 PhD and Research Masters students.

More information on research block grants

News | 3 December 2019

The website is designed for recent secondary school graduates, school leavers, potential mature aged students and those switching from VET into higher education.

ComparED allows potential students to view over 100 institutions and compare up to 6 different institutions and/or study areas at a time, including agriculture and environmental studies, computing and information systems.

The data displayed is based on student surveys collecting feedback on their overall experiences during their higher education study, their job prospects and starting salary.

Visit for more information.

News | 21 November 2019

The department has released the first year (2018) of data on the level of engagement by PhD and Research Masters students with businesses and other end-users of research. This new data collection responds to Action Item 2.4 of the Research Training Implementation Plan, which called on the department to establish baseline data on internships and other collaboration.

Data for 2018 shows the number of research students undertaking internships and/or receiving joint supervision by both an academic member of staff and an employee of a business or other end-user organisation.

News | 14 November 2019

On Thursday 14 November, the Minister for Education, the Hon. Dan Tehan MP announced the release of the Guidelines to counter foreign interference in the Australian university sector. The Guidelines were developed by the University Foreign Interference Taskforce and are designed to protect the university sector by supporting an environment of trust and guiding decision making, based on potential risks, so Australian universities can continue to produce world class research.

News | 7 November 2019

2019/20 Drought Relief - funding for childcare and non-government schools

$5 million from the Community Child Care Fund will help assist childcare services that are experiencing decreased demand and financial pressure due to families from drought-affected areas being unable to pay for child care.

Early Childhood and Child Care

$20 million to support schools facing financial hardship as a result of ongoing drought conditions, including fee concessions for boarding students and additional counseling services.

News | 2 October 2019

The department has released the draft 2020 HERDC Specifications for sector feedback. The Specifications provide guidance to higher education providers on their annual reporting requirements for research and development income. 

Feedback can be sent to and is due by 24 October 2019.

News | 23 September 2019

The Australian Government is establishing a small pool of up to 60 medical Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) drawn from existing university allocations every three years. These places will be redistributed between universities to support key health workforce priorities. The first round for 2021 will focus on helping to build the rural and regional medical workforce.  

The department has released a discussion paper inviting stakeholder comments on the establishment and implementation of the redistribution pool. The paper also invites input to help develop specific policy parameters for the rollout of the redistribution process over successive triennial periods.

News | 5 September 2019

This research project shares experiences and case studies of Australian providers who have delivered or are delivering Australian education and training in Indonesia across all sectors, outlining models of engagement and regulatory settings for this delivery, together with an evidence base for Australia’s ongoing efforts to advance education services with Indonesia.

News | 7 August 2019

This final report presents the expert panel's considerations and recommendations, highlighting major findings from the sector and statistical analyses, and flagging future work for the development of a fit for purpose, fair, robust and feasible performance-based funding scheme.