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Quality Schools


The Australian Government's Quality Schools package will make Commonwealth school funding transparent, consistent 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.

Community Child Care Fund


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.

National Assessment Program (NAP)


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.

Nanny Pilot Programme


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.

Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning


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.

Skills support for individuals


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.

Child Care Payments Compliance Program


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.

National School Chaplaincy Programme


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.

Independent Public Schools


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.

Productivity Commission Inquiry into Child Care and Early Childhood Learning


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.

School to Work Transitions


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.

School education


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.

Career Development


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.

Trade Training Centres in Schools Program


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.

Quality Teaching


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.

Budget Based Funded Program


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.

My School


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 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.

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