The Australian Government is committed to ensuring Australia's schools are high quality and deliver the learning outcomes our children need to be successful learners.

While states and territories are responsible under the Australian Constitution for school education, the Australian Government plays an important role in providing national leadership across important policy areas, including quality teaching, boosting literacy and numeracy outcomes, and parental engagement.

The Government works closely with states, territories and the non-government sector to implement programs that will have the biggest impact on what and how our children learn. We also work closely with national education bodies to make the best use of their expertise and skills including:

  • The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership which provides national leadership for Commonwealth, state and territory governments in promoting excellence in initial teacher education, school leadership and teaching.
  • The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, which is an independent statutory authority that works to improve the learning of all young Australians through world-class school curriculum, assessment and reporting.
  • Education Services Australia which is a national, not-for-profit company owned by all Australian education ministers, and supports the delivery of national priorities and initiatives in the schools, training and higher education sectors.

On 2 May 2017, the Australian Government announced its Quality Schools package. Quality school education sets up Australia's children for a successful and fulfilling life. Combined with record levels of funding, the reforms in this package will help lift outcomes for students across Australia. By lifting outcomes, the government helps to secure Australia's economic and social prosperity – both now and in the future – and also helps students be the best they can be.

The focus on students will help achieve the goals set out in the Melbourne Declaration: that all young people in Australia should be supported to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens.

School Entry Point

The School Entry Point (SEP) site is for schools, school systems and approved authorities to manage applications for programs.