Parents and carers
The Australian Government is committed to enhancing the sustainability, transparency and accountability of the sector while ensuring that student support is targeted to deliver the best outcomes for students.
This glossary contains some key terms used on the Quality Schools web pages.
Various schooling links and resources have been collated to support students during their schooling years, as well as their transition to further study or the workforce.
Various schooling links and resources have been collated to help parents access the information they need during their child's schooling years.
Various schooling links and resources have been collated to help teachers access the information they need to be great teachers as well as supporting the schooling community.
Various schooling links and resources have been collated to help teachers, principals and parents access the information they need to support students and the school community.
The department undertakes research programs to review and inform policy.
The National Assessment Program includes all domestic and international assessments that Australian education ministers have agreed will be administered to students to track our performance in key learning areas such as literacy and numeracy.
Data analysis and research are key components of a national education evidence base that help governments deliver effective, evidence-based policy and programs.
The Australian Government is committed to supporting students—particularly those who need additional help or experience disadvantage—to participate in education, and move from school into the workforce to lead productive lives.
A national check of all Year 1 students in reading, phonics, and numeracy will help ensure students who are behind in their schooling are identified early and can receive the extra support they need.
The Australian Government is delivering new school funding and reform arrangements. To explain the reforms, some frequently asked questions are available below.
The Australian Government is delivering new school funding and reform arrangements. To explain the reforms in more detail the following information is available.
The fact sheets below detail the Quality Schools package, including how the changes come into effect and what it means for the future.
The Family-School Partnerships Framework supports parent engagement in education for improved student learning.
The Child Care Subsidy builds on the Productivity Commission’s recommendations and will make the system more affordable, accessible and flexible.
As part of the Jobs for Families Child Care Package announced in the 2016-17 Federal Budget, the Australian Government has established a Child Care Safety Net.
Australia’s national training system supports over three million students annually to gain the skills to secure and maintain rewarding and sustainable employment. This includes new job starters, those re-entering the workforce, retraining for a new job or upgrading their skills for an existing job.
Find out about the courses and assistance available to help you undertake skills training through the links below.
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.
The Disability Support Program provides funding to eligible higher education providers to undertake activities that assist in removing barriers to access for students with disability.
There is a clear link between getting a Year 12 certificate (or equivalent qualification) and improved social and economic outcomes for young people.
The Australian Government supports the rights of children and young people with disability to have the same educational opportunities as other school students.
The Australian Government recognises that schools play a vital role in promoting the social and emotional development and wellbeing of young Australians.
The Australian Government is committed to achieving better results for Indigenous Australians and is working with states and territories to ensure mainstream schools policy and programs contribute to improvements in outcomes for all students.
An effective classroom teacher is critical to the future of young Australians. Research shows that teachers have the greatest in-school influence on student engagement and achievement. School leadership is second.
Thirty eight Early Learning and Care Centres are being established including six new Autism specific centres in areas where existing child care services cannot meet the demand for child care.
Universal access ensures that a quality preschool program (also referred to as kindergarten in some states) is available for all children in the year before full-time school.
The Australian Early Development Census is a population measure of how young children in Australia have developedby the time they start their first year of full-time school. The AEDC looks at groups of children in the community, not individuals.
Australia has a national curriculum, the Australian Curriculum, which provides schools, teachers, parents, students, and the community with a clear understanding of what students should learn, regardless of where they live or what school system they are in.