The Information Publication Scheme (IPS) is established under the Freedom of Information Act 1982. The IPS aims to transform the freedom of information framework from one that responds to individual requests for access to documents to one that requires agencies to take a proactive approach to publishing information. You can find out more about the IPS on the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner website.
Under the IPS:
- Australian Government agencies are required to publish agency plans
- specific categories of information must be published
- agencies may proactively publish other government information.
Our departmental Publication Plan is available.
The Department’s functions and powers
The Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment is responsible for national policies and programs that help Australians:
- access quality and affordable child care; early childhood education; school education; post-school; higher education; international education and academic research; skills and training; and
- find and keep employment; and work in safe, fair and productive workplaces.
The Administrative Arrangements Order lists matters dealt with by the department as well as legislation administered by the department on behalf of the Minister. In addition, there are a number of administrative programs. Details of programs can be found on the department's website.
Other information you can find on this website includes:
- a register of the Privacy Impact Assessments completed by the department since 1 July 2018
- the department’s operational information
- details of the department’s organisational structure