The Australian Government is committed to supporting the vocational education and training (VET) sector though its $525.3 million Skills Package Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow, to ensure Australians can access the training they need for the jobs of today and prepare for the jobs of the future.
Overview of higher education, research and international education measures
Acknowledging technology and scientific changes over time, the Government’s approach to strategic long term planning for national research infrastructure (NRI) incorporates the development of regular roadmaps (every five years) to refresh the ten-year vision of the NRI system based on strategic policy and priorities for research, in consultation with the research sector. Investment plans will be developed every two years to reaffirm and update investment activities informed by these roadmaps.
National research infrastructure (NRI) comprises the nationally significant assets, facilities and services that support leading‑edge research and innovation. It is accessible to publicly and privately funded users across Australia, and internationally. It is a critical platform for the research sector which in turn supports countless more jobs, including in small business, across almost every sector of the economy. NRI enables research that supports improved health and wellbeing of Australians, the capacity to address critical national issues such as food security and support for a healthy environment, and policies relating to research and science and development.
The Data Integration Partnership for Australia (DIPA) is a government investment to maximise the use and value of data assets. DIPA creates new insights into important and complex policy questions through data integration and analysis.
As a part of the management of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), the department conducts an annual census of funded facilities to observe their use, outputs and outcomes.
The Australian Government is committed to ensuring that Australia maintains its position as an established global leader in world-class research and that Australian researchers continue to have access to cutting edge research infrastructure.
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.
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.
The Australian Education Act 2013 (the Act) is the principal legislation for the provision of Australian Government funding to government and non-government schools. The Act commenced on 1 January 2014 and was last amended on 23 June 2017 to give effect to the Quality Schools package, with changes to funding arrangements commencing from 1 January 2018.
Various useful links have been collated to assist parents, teachers, schools and students to access helpful schooling information.
From time to time, the Australian Government commissions reviews to assess and examine current challenges.
The Australian Government has established a National School Resourcing Board (the Board) to provide greater independent oversight over Commonwealth school funding.
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.
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Australia has a dedicated early childhood and child care workforce. The people in these case studies share their stories and passion about working in such a rewarding and growing sector. These individuals exemplify the important work of our early childhood educators in developing the future generations of Australia.
The Family Assistance Law is the basis for Commonwealth child care fee assistance, which includes the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) and Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS).
Between July 2014 and June 2017, the Ministerial Advisory Council for Child Care and Early Learning was established to provide a forum where strategic policies affecting the child care and early learning sector could be considered, and informative consultation with the sector could take place.
Data and reports relating to the early childhood and child care
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) acknowledges a person's knowledge and skill no matter where they learned it. This can then be counted towards a qualification; this means a person doesn't have to study something they already know.
Since 2010-11, the Australian Government has contributed $141.5 million to support state and territory governments to transition to and implement the NQF.
Additional information on the child care system is available.
Information on this page refers to the child care system that was in place prior to 2 July 2018
On 2 July 2018 the Child Care Subsidy and Additional Child Care Subsidy replaced the previous child care fee assistance payments (Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate). Child Care Subsidy will generally be paid directly to your approved child care provider/s to reduce the fees you pay.
If you were receiving child care fee assistance before 2 July 2018 and haven’t transitioned to the Child Care Subsidy yet, you will need to submit a new Child Care Subsidy claim if you wish to receive child care fee assistance.
You will need to submit a new claim for Child Care Subsidy if you have only recently started using child care or if you claimed child care fee assistance as a lump sum in 2017-18 and wish to receive the new Child Care Subsidy in 2018-19.
From 14 January 2019, child care providers will be required to include children’s actual attendance times in families’ statements of entitlement and in session reports (except absences).
Reporting actual attendance times is intended to help parents understand the relationship between the fees they are charged, the amount of subsidy paid to their child care provider on their behalf, and their out of pocket expenses.
Information on this page refers to the child care system that was in place prior to 2 July 2018.
Australia has a new child care package, including the new Child Care Subsidy. The subsidy replaces the previous Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate and is paid directly to services.
The Additional Child Care Subsidy (child wellbeing) webcast video from the 27 March is now available here.
We have updated our information resources page for providers webpage. You can find on one page links to numerous online resources including the Child Care Provider Handbook, ACCS Guide (child wellbeing), FAQs, factsheets and a collection of our previous email newsletters.
The Australian Government is committed to working with industry to ensure the vocational education and training (VET) sector responds effectively and efficiently to the skills required by employers and supporting apprentices and trainees through the Skilling Australians Fund (the SAF).
Well-qualified trainers and assessors are pivotal to the success of Australia’s VET system.
In 2017, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, commissioned a review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 (NVETR Act) and its associated legislative framework. The review was part of the Australian Government’s commitment to ensure the quality of the national vocational education and training (VET) sector into the future.
The Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships Program supports students with the costs of studying at university or at a vocational education and training institution. The scholarships are valued at up to $18,000 each and are available to support students studying for six months full-time or up to 8 years part-time, on campus, or through online and distance education.
Scholarships are for qualifications from Certificate IV; Diploma; Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree; Bachelor Degree; Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; Master Degree or a Doctoral Degree.
The English Language Learning for Indigenous Children (ELLIC) trial will aim to improve English literacy outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander preschool children for whom English is an additional language or dialect (EAL/D). ELLIC will be underpinned by a play-based, interactive application (app), designed in consultation with Indigenous communities and subject matter experts.
The Family-School Partnerships Framework supports parent engagement in education for improved student learning.
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 following 28 projects were successful in receiving National Priorities Pool funding in 2016. For further information about these projects, please contact the relevant universities directly.
The (HERP) scheme supports activities to foster understanding of the importance of, and/or promote research and scholarship in, science, social science or humanities in Australia. The HERP scheme is established under the Higher Education Support Act 2003.
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.
The Australian Government is providing $2 million over four years from 2016 to 2020 to the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) for its national project: Securing Australia’s Mathematical Workforce.
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.
The AISC was established by the COAG Industry and Skills Council in May 2015 to give industry a formal, expanded role in policy direction and decision-making for the vocational education and training sector.
Extraordinary technological change is transforming our lives – it is changing how we learn, and is creating many exciting opportunities for our researchers. The National Innovation and Science Agenda will help us embrace innovation and science from an early age, and harness new sources of growth to deliver the next age of economic prosperity in Australia.
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.
The Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) is an expert statutory advisory body, established under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011, (TEQSA Act), with responsibility related to the standards for delivery of higher education in Australia.
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.
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.
Publications related to the vocational education and training (VET) sector.
The Australian Government provides a regulatory environment to ensure vocational and education and training (VET) providers and practitioners develop students with the skills and knowledge needed to perform well in the workplace.
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.
The Australian Government is laying the foundation for greater skills and training collaboration internationally, and is engaging with key countries in the Asia-Pacific region on vocational education and training (VET).
What is Adult Learners’ Week?
Adult Learners’ Week takes place in the first week of September each year. It is an international event embodied in the 1997 Hamburg Declaration on Adult Learning, to which Australia is a signatory.
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.
Funding for the Australian Maths and Science Partnerships Program (AMSPP) has ended.
The Australian Government is investing $247 million over four years (2019-2022) to renew the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP). While the Australian Government funds the NSCP, states and territories are responsible for its administration.
The Early Learning Languages Australia program (ELLA) program is a digital, play-based program which includes a series of interactive applications (apps), aimed at making language learning engaging and interesting to young children in preschool and the early years of school.
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.
The Government's research block grants are established under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) and provide block funding to eligible Australian higher education providers for research and research training. In 2019, the Government will provide $1.92 billion to 42 providers as block grants through two programs, the Research Training Program (RTP) and the Research Support Program (RSP).
A highly skilled research workforce is vital to Australia’s future prosperity. In 2015 the Australian Government commissioned the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) to undertake a Review of Australia’s Research Training System (the Review).
The Government supports a number of programs that enhance and reward the quality and reputation of higher education in Australia.
The Australian Government supports national collaborative research infrastructure that enables Australian researchers to deliver lasting returns to the Australian community.
The department conducts periodic reviews of higher education policy, and undertakes consultation with the higher education sector on a range of issues.
The Department of Education Research and Economic Group is responsible for the collection and dissemination of statistics relating to the provision of higher education at all Australian institutions.
The Australian Government provides financial assistance to students through the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), which consists of five different loan schemes.
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.
The Higher Education Report is part of a suite of publications which report on the Australian higher education sector.
Higher education is integral to the long term success of Australia’s intellectual and economic development.
The department supports international education through its international network of counsellors, international agreements and multilateral frameworks.
Australia’s first National Strategy for International Education 2025 enables Australia’s international education sector to be more innovative, future-focused and globally engaged.
The department provides data, research and analysis on many aspects of international education in Australia and globally.
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 outcomes of the 2019 ELP round were announced by Minister Tehan on 8 March 2019. This provided opportunities for individual students, researchers, professionals as well as higher education providers and registered training organisations to fund international mobility. Successful Leadership Awards.
The department’s legal service expenditure for 2015/16 financial year.
The department’s overarching purpose is maximising opportunity and prosperity through national leadership on education and training.
We operate on the principle that Indigenous business is everyone’s business, to ensure that opportunity and prosperity for Indigenous peoples is at the heart of our work.
We develop and deliver education and training policies and programs by working with Indigenous peoples, respecting cultures and building our cultural capability. We recognise the unique skills, experience and contributions of our Indigenous employees and we support them to reach their potential. Each of us works to strengthen our understanding and appreciation of Indigenous peoples’ cultures, history and diversity.
Our RAP provides the framework to commit to practical actions that build respectful relationships and create opportunities with Indigenous peoples–inside and outside the organisation.
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.