The Disability Standards for Education 2005


The Disability Standards for Education 2005 clarify the obligations of education and training providers, and seek to ensure that students with disability can access and participate in education on the same basis as other students.

The Disability Standards for Education 2005 (the Standards) were developed under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, and came into effect in August 2005.

The University Foreign Interference Taskforce - Guidelines to counter foreign interference in the Australian university sector


The Guidelines to counter foreign interference in the Australian university sector (the guidelines) were developed by the University Foreign Interference Taskforce. The guidelines are intended to protect the university sector against foreign interference, through supporting an environment of trust and guiding decision making, based on potential risks, so Australian universities can continue to produce world-class research.

Strategic Framework


Acknowledging technology and scientific changes over time, the Government’s approach to strategic long term planning for national research infrastructure (NRI) incorporates the development of regular roadmaps (every five years) to refresh the ten-year vision of the NRI system based on strategic policy and priorities for research, in consultation with the research sector. Investment plans will be developed every two years to reaffirm and update investment activities informed by these roadmaps.

National Research Infrastructure


National research infrastructure (NRI) comprises the nationally significant assets, facilities and services that support leading‑edge research and innovation. It is accessible to publicly and privately funded users across Australia, and internationally. It is a critical platform for the research sector which in turn supports countless more jobs, including in small business, across almost every sector of the economy. NRI enables research that supports improved health and wellbeing of Australians, the capacity to address critical national issues such as food security and support for a healthy environment, and policies relating to research and science and development.

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


The United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) is a plan of action for people, the planet and prosperity. There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets to be met by 2030 which aim to wipe out poverty by placing the world on a more sustainable economic, social and environmental path. Education is central to the agenda, in particular SDG 4, which aims to ensure equitable and inclusive quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Child Care Package – for families


On 2 July 2018 the Child Care Subsidy and Additional Child Care Subsidy replaced the previous child care fee assistance payments (Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate). Child Care Subsidy will generally be paid directly to your approved child care provider/s to reduce the fees you pay. 

If you were receiving child care fee assistance before 2 July 2018 and haven’t transitioned to the Child Care Subsidy yet, you will need to submit a new Child Care Subsidy claim if you wish to receive child care fee assistance.

You will need to submit a new claim for Child Care Subsidy if you have only recently started using child care or if you claimed child care fee assistance as a lump sum in 2017-18 and wish to receive the new Child Care Subsidy in 2018-19.

You can submit a new Child Care Subsidy claim using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

New Child Care Package for providers (from 2 July 2018)


Australia has a new child care package, including the new Child Care Subsidy. The subsidy replaces the previous Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate and is paid directly to services.

Please visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) for up to date information on COVID-19 for early childhood education and care providers and services.

Emergency and natural disaster assistance is available for affected families and providers.

Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships


The Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships Program supports students with the costs of studying at university or at a vocational education and training institution. The scholarships are valued at up to $18,000 each and are available to support students studying for six months full-time or up to 8 years part-time, on campus, or through online and distance education.

Scholarships are for qualifications from Certificate IV; Diploma; Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree; Bachelor Degree; Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; Master Degree or a Doctoral Degree.

English Language Learning for Indigenous Children (ELLIC) trial


The English Language Learning for Indigenous Children (ELLIC) trial will aim to improve English literacy outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander preschool children for whom English is an additional language or dialect (EAL/D). ELLIC will be underpinned by a play-based, interactive application (app), designed in consultation with Indigenous communities and subject matter experts.

Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence (ACCSE)


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 media release announcing the successful ACCSE.

Learning and Teaching


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.

2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap


The 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap (2016 Roadmap), developed by an Expert Working Group led by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO, outlines national research infrastructure required over the coming decade so that Australia's world class research system continues to improve productivity, create jobs, lift economic growth and support a healthy environment.

Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP)


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.

Access and Participation


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.



Higher education is integral to the long term success of Australia’s intellectual and economic development. 

Qualifications recognition, ESOS framework, Tuition Protection Service


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 department’s Reconciliation Action Plan


The department’s overarching purpose is maximising opportunity and prosperity through national leadership on education and training.

We operate on the principle that Indigenous business is everyone’s business, to ensure that opportunity and prosperity for Indigenous peoples is at the heart of our work.

We develop and deliver education and training policies and programs by working with Indigenous peoples, respecting cultures and building our cultural capability. We recognise the unique skills, experience and contributions of our Indigenous employees and we support them to reach their potential. Each of us works to strengthen our understanding and appreciation of Indigenous peoples’ cultures, history and diversity.

Our RAP provides the framework to commit to practical actions that build respectful relationships and create opportunities with Indigenous peoples–inside and outside the organisation.

Reconciliation Action Plan 2018–2020



Through the annual Australian Government Budget, the Department of Education is allocated funding to deliver policies that help Australians access quality child care, preschool, school education, higher education, international education and research.



The Department of Education 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.

About the Department


The Department of Education is responsible for national policies and programs that help Australians access quality and affordable early child care and childhood education, school education, higher education, international education and research.

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