Vocational education and training (VET) plays a vital role in ensuring Australia has the skilled workforce it needs to drive innovation and economic growth. Australia’s economic prosperity depends upon the quality of our VET graduates, the outcomes of the training they receive and their possession of skills employers need.
The Australian Government has proposed to introduce new scholarships as part of its policy package to improve access to educational opportunities for regional students. Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships will support 1200 regional and remote students to undertake STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) studies. The scholarships will be for vocational education, undergraduate and postgraduate students (Certificate IV to PhD) and valued at up to $18,000 each.
The Australian Government has committed $5.9 million from 2017-18 to 2020-21 to trial a series of applications (apps) to be used in preschool to improve English literacy outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children for whom English is a second language.
The Family-School Partnerships Framework supports parent engagement in education for improved student learning.
The Australian Government’s Quality Schools reforms will make Commonwealth schools funding fair, transparent, equitable and needs-based. It will ensure that students with the same need in the same sector will attract the same level of support from the Commonwealth.
The Australian Government has announced a range of reforms to improve the higher education sector. These reforms will deliver a more sustainable sector, more choices for students and increase transparency and accountability in higher education.
ACARA’s role is to support all Australian governments to deliver the Australian Curriculum, national assessment programs, and to manage the collection, quality assurance and reporting of school information to all Australian governments and the Australian people. All education ministers have agreed to ACARA’s baseline funding for the 2016-17 to 2019-20 four year period. The Australian Government contributes 50% of this funding as described in the attached ACARA Grant Guidelines.
Country students will be the focus of an independent review into regional, rural and remote education. The review will consider the key challenges and barriers that impact on students’ learning outcomes, including transitions toward, and success regarding, further study, training and employment.
The review will be led by Emeritus Professor John Halsey of Flinders University.
The final report and recommendations will be provided to the Government by the end of 2017.
The review is part of the Turnbull Government’s election commitment to improve the education and preparation of country youth to develop into their best selves and fully participate in the 21st century economy.
On 10 October 2016, the Senate’s Education and Employment Legislation Committee tabled a report into the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2016, and the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill 2016.
The Government’s response notes the Committee’s view that reform to the child care system contained within the Jobs for Families Child Care Package will provide a simpler, more affordable, accessible and flexible child care system.
The Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee’s report:
Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2016, and the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill 2016
The Australian Government response:
For more general information, go to: http://education.gov.au/jobsforfamilies
On 4 April 2016, the Senate’s Education and Employment Legislation Committee tabled a report into the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2015.
The Australian Government’s response conveys the Government’s commitment to providing parents with more choice and opportunity to work, and children with high quality early education. The Government notes the Committee’s view that the Package will target support to those who depend upon it in order to work or work more, as well as recognising the importance of access to high quality early childhood education and care for children.
The Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee’s report:
The Australian Government response:
For more general information, go to: http://education.gov.au/jobsforfamilies
On 30 September 2016 the Australian Government implemented new funding arrangements for research block grants for universities. As part of this the department committed to further consultation with the sector on definitions and detailed implementation arrangements.
The Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence (ACCSE) program is part of Australia's $230 million Cyber Security Strategy launched by the Prime Minister on 21 April 2016.
The Government has committed $1.9 million over four years (2016–2017 to 2019–2020) for the establishment of ACCSE at the University of Melbourne and Edith Cowan University to:
- help build Australia's capability in cyber security by encouraging more students to undertake studies in cyber security
- increase the number of highly skilled post-graduates with the job ready skills needed to work in Australian business and government to tackle emerging cyber security challenges
- provide support for research that addresses key cyber security challenges confronting the nation.
It is expected that ACCSE will be self-sustaining with ongoing operations funded through student course fees and fee-for-service income, including from Government agencies and other external sources.
The following 26 projects were successful in receiving National Priorities Pool funding in 2016. For further information about these projects, please contact the relevant universities directly.
The (HERP) scheme supports activities to foster understanding of the importance of, and/or promote research and scholarship in, science, social science or humanities in Australia. The HERP scheme is established under the Higher Education Support Act 2003.
The Australian Government promotes and supports the enhancement of learning and teaching in eligible higher education institutions through the Australian Awards for University Teaching and Enhancing the Training of Mathematics and Science Teachers Program. From 2018 the Australian Awards for University teaching will be led by Universities Australia.
The Australian Government is providing $2 million over four years from 2016 to 2020 to the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) for its new national project: Securing Australia’s Mathematical Workforce.
High quality school education sets up our children for a life of success. The Australian Government is committed to striving for a high quality school system that assists each and every Australian child to reach their full potential so they can fully participate in the economic and social life of the community.
The 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap (2016 Roadmap) outlines national research infrastructure required over the coming decade so that Australia's world class research system continued to improve productivity, create jobs, lift economic growth and support a healthy environment.
The Grants and Awards Programme aims to improve outcomes for all Australian students through the provision of advice, information, research and services to the Department of Education and Training.
The Grants and Awards Programme provides funding to organisations for specialised advice and services, to improve the quality of education policies and programmes to better meet the needs of Australian students.
The Grants and Awards Programme currently comprises one sub-programme; the Grants in Aid sub-programme.
The AISC was established by the COAG Industry and Skills Council in May 2015 to give industry a formal, expanded role in policy direction and decision-making for the vocational education and training sector.
Extraordinary technological change is transforming our lives – it is changing how we learn, and is creating many exciting opportunities for our researchers. The National Innovation and Science Agenda will help us embrace innovation and science from an early age, and harness new sources of growth to deliver the next age of economic prosperity in Australia.
The Jobs for Families Child Care Package will make child care more affordable, accessible and flexible. It will better target child care support by providing more access to subsidised child care to the families that work the most hours, and higher levels of financial support to the families who earn the least.
A well-functioning VET system that delivers the skills we need is fundamental to a strong and prosperous economy that delivers the jobs Australian families and industry want.
The Australian Government has embarked on a significant reform of the VET system. The objectives of reform are to improve the quality, job outcomes and status of VET which are necessary for the system to adapt to future skills need.
The Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) is a legislative advisory body, established under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011, (TEQSA Act), with responsibility related to the standards for delivery of higher education in Australia.
Vocational education is central to Australia's economic growth and business productivity. Australia needs a vocational education and training (VET) system that ensures qualifications are designed to provide the skills that employers and industry need now and in the years to come. A strong VET sector will boost the employment outcomes of those completing VET courses and instill confidence in users of the sector.
The Australian Government provides a regulatory environment to ensure vocational and education and training (VET) providers and practitioners develop students with the skills and knowledge needed to perform well in the workplace.
The Australian Government is laying the foundation for greater skills and training collaboration internationally, and is engaging with key countries in the Asia-Pacific region on vocational education and training (VET).
The National Training Complaints Hotline is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth, state and territory governments.
Anyone with a complaint or query about the training sector now has one number to call, so they can report a complaint and have it referred to the right authority for consideration.
National VET Provider Collection Data Requirements Policy
The National VET Provider Collection Data Requirements Policy outlines the requirements for registered training organisations (RTOs) in collecting and reporting their nationally recognised training to the National VET Provider Collection managed by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. The policy makes allowance for full and partial exemptions from reporting training activity in some circumstances.
The Australian Government has discontinued some skills and training programmes as part of its work to streamline the way skills assistance is provided. Existing customers can access information on closed skills programmes via the following links.
Publications related to the vocational education and training (VET) sector.
What is Adult Learners’ Week?
Adult Learners’ Week takes place in the first week of September each year. It is an international event embodied in the 1997 Hamburg Declaration on Adult Learning, to which Australia is a signatory.
Vocational Learning and Vocational Education and Training (VET), which include Australian School-based Apprenticeships, can be undertaken by secondary students.
Parents, families and carers are a child’s first and most important teachers. The Australian Government has compiled some useful information to assist parents to better engage with their child’s learning. This page provides information about parent engagement in education and what parents can do to support their child’s learning.
The Child Care Payments Compliance Program is focused on protecting the integrity of payments made by the Australian Government to support families accessing quality care and promote compliant behaviour with the Family Assistance Law by approved child care services. This is achieved through three main elements of prevention including education, detection and deterrence.
The Agriculture in Education program supported effective implementation of the Australian Curriculum through online teacher support materials and additional curriculum resources. These resources are available through the Scootle education portal. They are also available through the Primary Industries Education Foundation of Australia and Agrifood Skills Australia websites.
Funding for the Australian Maths and Science Partnerships Program (AMSPP) has ended.
A key part of the Australian Government's commitment to supporting language study is the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) Program.
AIATSIS is a world-renowned research, collections and publishing organisation which promotes knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.
The Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) aims to ensure that Australians from low SES backgrounds who have the ability to study at university have the opportunity to do so. It provides funding to assist universities listed in Table A of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to undertake activities and implement strategies that improve access to undergraduate courses for people from low SES backgrounds, as well as improving the retention and completion rates of those students.
In 2017, the Australian Government will provide $1.89 billion to higher education providers as block grants to support research and research training, through two performance-based programs under the Higher Education Support Act (HESA) 2003.
The Collaborative Research Networks program is intended to effect structural adjustment in the research and research training capacity of smaller, regional and less research intensive universities in the higher education system
A highly skilled research workforce is vital to Australia’s future prosperity. The Government commissioned the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) to undertake a review of Australia’s research training system.
The Government supports a number of programmes that enhance and reward the quality and reputation of higher education in Australia.
The Australian Government supports national collaborative research infrastructure that enables Australian researchers to deliver lasting returns to the Australian community.
The department conducts periodic reviews of higher education policy, and undertakes consultation with the higher education sector on a range of issues.
The Department of Education Higher Education Group is responsible for the collection and dissemination of statistics relating to the provision of higher education at all Australian institutions.
The Australian Government provides financial assistance to students through the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), which consists of five different loan schemes.
The department is working to ensure that all people with the desire and capability to attend university have the opportunity to do so, and succeed in their studies, regardless of their background.
The department administers several programs and initiatives to support student access and participation in higher education in Australia.
The Higher Education Report is part of a suite of publications which report on the Australian higher education sector.
Higher education is integral to the long term success of Australia’s intellectual and economic development.
The department supports international education through its international network of counsellors, international agreements and multilateral frameworks.
Council for International Education
The department provides data, research and analysis on many aspects of international education in Australia and globally.
The department provides qualifications recognition services using the Australian Qualifications Framework as a benchmark. It also provides rigorous protection for international students through the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) legislation and the Tuition Protection Service, which is a placement and refund service for international students on student visas affected by a provider closure.
The Australian Government’s Endeavour Scholarships, Fellowships and Endeavour Mobility Grants support two-way engagement between Australia and the rest of the world. The scholarship and grants provide life changing opportunities for Australian and overseas students and professionals to access learning and research opportunities globally.
The department’s legal service expenditure for 2015/16 financial year.
Opportunity through learning — our vision for education, training and reconciliation.
The Department of Education and Training operates on the principle that Indigenous business is everyone’s business, this means the department is committed to reconciliation and improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the key areas of child care and early childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research.
The Department of Education and Training takes a leadership role in the national effort to achieve the four education-related Council of Australian Governments’ Closing the Gap targets.
The Department of Education and Training Annual Report 2015–16 was tabled in Parliament on 26 October 2016.
The Department of Education and Training is responsible for national policies and programs that help Australians access quality and affordable early child care and childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research.
Through the annual Australian Government Budget, the Department of Education and Training is allocated funding to deliver policies that help Australians access quality child care, preschool, school education, higher education, skills, training, international education and research.
The Department of Education and Training may offer grants to organisations or individuals, to support the Australian Government’s policies and programs on early child care and childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research.