National VET Data


In 2012, the Council of Australia Governments (COAG) Skills Ministers agreed to the collection and reporting of total Vocational Education and Training (VET) activity data by all Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) from 1 January 2014. This is reflected in the Data Provision Requirements, under the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011. The Unique Student Identifier scheme also commenced on 1 January 2015, following the passage of the Student Identifiers Act 2014.

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.



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.

New Child Care Package – transition for families


On 2 July 2018 the Child Care Subsidy and Additional Child Care Subsidy will replace the current child care fee assistance payments. Child Care Subsidy will be paid directly to your approved child care provider/s to reduce the fees you pay. 

In April 2018 all families currently in receipt of Child Care Benefit and/or Child Care Rebate for approved care will receive a Centrelink letter about transitioning to the Child Care Subsidy.

You should follow the instructions in your letter and go online to complete your Child Care Subsidy assessment or claim for Child Care Subsidy as soon as possible.

Skilling Australians Fund


The establishment of the Skilling Australians Fund (the Fund) is a major commitment by the Australian Government to ongoing funding for vocational education and training (VET) and it will have a lasting positive impact on skilling Australian workers into the future.

Review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011


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.

Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships


Students from regional and remote areas can now apply for scholarships valued at up to $18,000 to undertake STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) studies, including in agriculture and health fields.

The Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships supports students for up to four years (or the part-time equivalent) with the costs of studying a Certificate IV to a PhD level course.  The scholarships support flexible study and include part-time and online students.

Students may receive a further $500 to support an internship.

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.

Vocational Education and Training Reform


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.

Closed Skills programmes


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.

National Training Complaints Hotline


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.

About the skills sector


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.

Early Learning Languages Australia


A key part of the Australian Government's commitment to supporting language study is the Early Learning Languages Australia program (ELLA). In the 2018-19 Budget, it was announced that the Government is committing further funding to continue the national availability of ELLA in preschools and to trial ELLA in schools with students in Foundation to Year 2 in 2019 and 2020.

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


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.

About the Department


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.



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.



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.

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