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.
High quality school education sets up our children for a life of success. The Australian Government is committed to striving for a high quality school system that assists each and every Australian child to reach their full potential so they can fully participate in the economic and social life of the community.
The Australian Government seeks to ensure that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have the desire and capability to participate in higher education are able to do so and are supported to succeed.
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.
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.
The National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy drives research excellence and collaboration between 35,000 researchers, government and industry to deliver practical outcomes.
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.
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 education.
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 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.
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 Australian Government recognises that schools play a vital role in promoting the social and emotional development and wellbeing of young Australians.
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 Curriculum is published online to provide maximum flexibility in how the curriculum can be accessed and organised.
The National Youth Affairs Research Scheme was a cooperative funding program between the Australian Government and state and territory governments which ended in 2016.
The Department of Education and Training offers career opportunities in a department that brings together people, policies and programs to support the Australian Government’s initiatives including access to quality and affordable early child care and childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research.
The Australian Vocational Student Prize has ceased.
The Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) have overall policy responsibility for the Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC) Scheme.
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 Australian Government supports the appropriate use of technology in Australian schools to prepare students to learn, train and live in a digital world.
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 Department of Education and Training is engaging in the 2016-17 Indigenous Australian Government Development Program (IAGDP) The IAGDP is an entry-level employment and development program for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are interested in working in the Australian Public Service (APS).The program is run by the Department of Employment
What will you gain from participating?
- Understanding of Education and Training policies and programs
Networks of graduate colleagues across the APS
- Flexible working environment
- Opportunities to build your professional skills
- Learning and development by attending events and on-the-job training
- Diverse work experience with a minimum of two work placements
Applications for the 2017 Graduate Program are now closed.
If you require further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Graduate Unit 02 6121 5000.
The Department of Education and Training is committed to supporting the employment and career development of people with disability. The department is participating in the RecruitAbility scheme for recruitment of the 2017 Graduate Program. Details about the RecruitAbility scheme can be found at the Australian Public Service Commission’s website.
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.