The Australian Education Act 2013 (the Act) is the principal legislation for Australian Government funding to government and non-government schools. The Act commenced on 1 January 2014 and was last amended on 23 June 2017 to give effect to the Quality Schools package.
Various useful links have been collated to assist parents, teachers, schools and students to access helpful schooling information.
The Australian Government has commissioned two schooling reviews to assess and examine current challenges.
The Australian Government has established a National School Resourcing Board (the Board) to provide greater independent oversight over Commonwealth school funding.
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.
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Australia has a dedicated early childhood and child care workforce. The people in these case studies share their stories and passion about working in such a rewarding and growing sector. These individuals exemplify the important work of our early childhood educators in developing the future generations of Australia.
The Family Assistance Law is the basis for Commonwealth child care fee assistance, which includes the Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR).
Media articles and media releases associated with Early learning and Child Care.
Between July 2014 and June 2017, the Ministerial Advisory Council for Child Care and Early Learning was established to provide a forum where strategic policies affecting the child care and early learning sector could be considered, and informative consultation with the sector could take place.
Data and reports relating to the new child care package.
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) acknowledges a person's knowledge and skill no matter where they learned it. This can then be counted towards a qualification; this means a person doesn't have to study something they already know.
Research shows that high-quality education and care early in life leads to better health, education and employment outcomes later in life. Self-esteem, resilience, healthy growth and capacity to learn are all established in the early years.
Information regarding child care legislation and updates.
Additional information on the child care system is available.
The Australian Government offers a range of payments and services to help with the costs of child care. The current child care arrangements will be replaced on 2 July 2018 with a New Child Care Package.
The MyChild website is Australia's online child care portal. Parents and carers can use the MyChild website to get information about child care, early learning and other issues that affect children.
Information for families on the New Child Care Package and the current child care system.
There is a range of information and support for child care providers.
Please note that the current child care arrangements will be replaced on 2 July 2018 with a New Child Care Package.
The New Child Care Package will commence on 2 July 2018 and the new Child Care Subsidy (CCS) will replace the Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR).
From 2 July 2018, Australia will have a New Child Care Package. Under the new package, the Child Care Subsidy will replace the existing Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate.
Information for child care providers and services on the New Child Care Package and the current child care system.
The establishment of the Skilling Australians Fund is a major commitment by the Australian Government to ongoing funding for vocational education and training and it will have a lasting positive impact on skilling Australian workers into the future.
Well-qualified trainers and assessors are pivotal to the success of Australia’s VET system.
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 introduced 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, including health and agricultural 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 is delivering school funding and reform arrangements that focus on students and what they need to be their best. It's student-centred funding supporting student-centred schools.
The Australian Government's proposed higher education reform package remains in the Senate. The Government is currently considering options as reforming the higher education system remains a priority, both to maintain and enhance Australia's world-class higher education sector, and to ensure future funding arrangements remain sustainable, in line with the reforms announced in the 2017-18 Budget.
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 28 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.
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 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.
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).
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.
Prior to lodging a formal complaint with the National Training Complaints Hotline, it is important to follow the formal grievance process of the training organisation with which you have a grievance.
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.
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 many initiatives and resources to help parents, schools, and communities work together to improve their child's learning.
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. The 2018 application round is now open, and preschools can choose to implement one of nine languages. Grants continue to be available for preschools in disadvantaged areas. For more information and to apply, please visit: www.ella.edu.au.
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.
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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.
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.
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.