Parents and carers
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.
The Child Care Safety Net is being progressively rolled out from July 2016 and aims to give the most vulnerable children a strong start, while supporting parents into work.
The Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) was announced as part of the Jobs for Families Child Care Package (the Package), which is designed to make the child care system more affordable, more accessible, more flexible and targeted to those who need it most.
The National Assessment Program (NAP) is the measure through which governments, education authorities, schools and the community determine whether or not young Australians are meeting important educational outcomes and developing the skills they need to live and work in a globalised world. The NAP is a major component of the Measurement Framework for Schooling in Australia 2015, which is the basis for reporting on progress towards the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians.
The Early Childhood and Child Care in Summary report presents information on the numbers of children and families using approved child care, the costs of care and the numbers and types of child care services in Australia.
No Jab, No Pay starts from 1 January 2016
Under the National Innovation and Science Agenda’s Inspiring all Australians in digital literacy and STEM measure, a variety of initiatives will be introduced to increase the participation of all students and the wider community in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to improve their digital literacy.
Applications for the Nanny Pilot Programme have now closed.
The Australian Government's Nanny Pilot Programme provides subsidised care for families to use a nanny for their child care needs. The programme is aimed at supporting families who struggle to access child care services, particularly if they are shift workers, live in regional or remote areas or away from existing child care.
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 will establish a Child Care Safety Net.
Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning programme (Narragunnawali) supports schools and early learning services across Australia to develop environments that foster a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.
The Department of Education and Training is committed to reconciliation and is proud to support Narragunnawali. This commitment is outlined in the department’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2014-2017.
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 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 Government is committed to ensuring that Australia's child care and early learning system is flexible, sustainable and fair, providing quality early learning for children and meeting the needs of Australia's working parents and employers.
The Australian Government has committed $243.8 million over four years from 2014-15 to 2017-18 to assist over 3000 schools to engage the services of a school chaplain. Consistent with the Government’s election commitment the National School Chaplaincy Programme (NSCP) aims to support the emotional wellbeing of students through the provision of pastoral care services and strategies that support the emotional wellbeing of the broader school community.
Under the Better Child Care and Early Learning framework, the Australian Government made a commitment to reinstate the funding for the National Occasional Care (NOC) programme (formerly known as the Neighbourhood Model Occasional Child Care programme).
Internationally and in Australia, evidence emphasises the advantages of school autonomy as part of a comprehensive strategy for school improvement. The Australian Government recognises that school leaders and communities are best-placed to know and understand the needs of their schools, and that giving schools more control of local decision-making is one of the key ways to drive improved student outcomes.
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.
The Australian Government is committed to ensuring that families are able to access affordable and flexible child care. One of the Government's first priorities was to task the Productivity Commission to undertake an inquiry into future options for child care and early childhood learning, with a focus on developing a system that supports modern families' working circumstances and children's learning and development needs.
There is a clear link between getting a year 12 certificate (or equivalent qualification) and improved social and economic outcomes for all young people. The Australian Government recognises the importance of education and training and is encouraging young people to complete school and successfully transition to further education, training or work.
The Australian Government provides resources to help schools, businesses and communities build successful partnerships to benefit the education outcomes of young people.
The Australian Student Prize has ceased.
To ensure Australia’s future prosperity and to remain competitive internationally, the Australian Government is committed to ensuring that all Australian students have access to a high-quality school education through its Students-First approach.
Schools more than 150 kilometres from Canberra may be able to get help from the Australian Government to cover costs of a civics and citizenship education excursion to Canberra.
Career development is the ongoing process of managing your life, learning and work. It involves developing the skills and knowledge that enable you to plan and make informed decisions about your education, training and career choices.
The Compact with Young Australians was established to help young people get the skills they need to get a job and make a successful transition to further education or training.
The Australian Government provides substantial funding to education authorities to help meet the educational needs of all students, including those with disability. This funding, provided through the Australian Education Act 2013, also helps schools meet their obligations under the Disability Standards for Education 2005.
There are 511 projects funded under the Trade Training Centres in Schools Program. This includes 136 Trades Skills Centres (TSCs). To reflect the Government’s commitment to stronger industry linkages, project funding agreements for TSCs have been enhanced to ensure that industry engagement and collaboration is at the forefront of these projects, along with appropriate student support arrangements.
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 in three priority areas - getting children to school, adults into work and building safe communities.
Families can use the MyChild website to get information about child care, early learning and other issues that affect children.
The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care (NQF) ensures children receive a high standard of education and care.
The Australian Curriculum is published online to provide maximum flexibility in how the curriculum can be accessed and organised.
Teacher effectiveness is critical to the future of young Australians and research shows that teachers have the greatest in-school influence on student engagement and achievement. The Australian Government recognises and appreciates the complex role of the teacher, and the significant responsibility they have in educating and preparing children to lead successful and productive lives.
The Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) have overall policy responsibility for the Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC) Scheme.
The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) 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.
The Australian Vocational Student Prize has ceased.
The Budget Based Funded (BBF) Program provides a contribution to the operational costs of approximately 300 child care and early learning and school aged care services in a limited number of approved locations. These services are predominantly located in regional, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities where the market would otherwise fail to deliver services to meet the needs of children and their families. Many are the sole providers of child care in their communities.
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.
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.
The Australian Government, through the English as a Second Language - New Arrivals Programme, provided funding to Catholic and independent schools to assist migrant students to receive intensive English language tuition.
The My School website provides profiles for Australian schools, including information on school programs and culture, workforce, academic performance, funding sources, student characteristics and enrolment and attendance rates.
Parents, teachers, principals and the community can search profiles of almost 10,000 Australian schools.
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), part of the National Assessment Program (NAP), is a national assessment that tests students in the domains of reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. NAPLAN testing began in 2008 and is undertaken every year in May by all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.
The Australian Government’s Flexible literacy for remote primary schools program supports the improvement of literacy results for children in remote primary schools with the introduction of two alphabetic teaching approaches: Direct Instruction and Explicit Direct Instruction.
The Australian Curriculum provides teachers and parents with a clear understanding of what needs to be covered in each school subject from Foundation to Year 10.