Programs and initiatives

We are working on a range of policy initiatives, programs and campaigns to help Australians from all walks of life.

The 2020 Research Infrastructure Investment Plan will continue to provide Australian researchers with access to modern and world-class national research infrastructure (NRI). It will enable advances in science, technology and knowledge; boosting productivity, creating jobs, and delivering…

On 6 October 2020, the Treasurer, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, announced the Research Package as part of the 2020-21 Budget. The Package provides over $1.2 billion towards the research sector. There are 5 measures in the package. Together, these will ensure the ongoing capability and excellence…

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are supported in higher education with programs and funding to increase participation and help Close the Gap. Discover what programs and policies are in place, and how they are being implemented.

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment contributes to Australia's economic prosperity and social wellbeing by creating opportunities and driving better outcomes for people, through education, skills and employment pathways.

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.

Access and Participation programs are available to help Australians who want to attend university, regardless of circumstances, background or location.

The Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) provides additional fee assistance to support vulnerable or disadvantaged families and children. It provides extra help with fees to families facing barriers to child care.

Additional information on the child care system is available.

The Australian Curriculum provides schools, teachers, parents and students a clear understanding of what students should learn. This curriculum applies no matter where a student lives or what school system they're in. A revised Australian Curriculum will be released in 2022.

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) measures how children have developed by the time they start school. The AEDC looks at groups of children, not individuals. 

The Australian Education Act 2013 (the Act) outlines how schools receive Commonwealth funding and how to spend the funding appropriately.

The AISC was established by the former 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.

International education is a vital part of Australian society. It brings many economic, cultural and social benefits to our people and businesses. It creates links and life-long connections with communities and partners across the world.

To assist with the recovery from the impact of COVID-19, the Australian Government is providing support to all eligible employers who engage a new Australian Apprentice.

A program supporting employers to attract and retain women returning to work after a career break.

The Career Transition Assistance program is designed to help mature-age job seekers, aged 45 years and over, to build their confidence and skills to become more competitive in the local labour market.

The Child Care Enforcement Action Register (the Register) is a list of services that have been the subject of a sanction and/or immediate suspension under the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 (the Administration Act).

The Child Care Package includes the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) and the Child Care Safety Net. 

The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is the main way the Australian Government helps families with child care fees. Providers must be approved by the department to receive CCS on behalf of families.

Mature age Australians have a valuable contribution to make to the workplace. The Collaborative Partnership on Mature Age Employment (the Partnership) helps to promote the benefits of employing older workers.

Scholarships for Young Australians worth up to $13,000

The Commonwealth Scholarships Program is awarding young Australians up to $13,000, to study a vocational education and training (VET) qualification and complete a paid internship.

The Community Development Program (CDP) is the Australian Government’s remote employment and community development service.

Connections for Quality displays information about employment services providers on the Australian JobSearch website, this includes how a provider can help job seekers and employers in their local area.

It aims to help job seekers and employers make informed choices when selecting an…

Have your say to help shape the future of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) system.

Responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Australian Government agencies are working with states and territories to implement measures to manage the risk of COVID-19. This site will help students, parents, and education providers, as well as job seekers and employers find the information they need to make informed decisions about…

The Council for International Education oversees Australia's role in international education and training.

School data and research helps improve education policies and programs across Australia. Find the key national data collections and where to go for more information.

Destination Australia funds eligible tertiary education providers to offer scholarships to domestic and international students to study and live in regional Australia.

The Destination Australia Cheung Kong Exchange Program supports Australian universities to offer short-term mobility opportunities for outgoing Australian students and incoming Asian students.

The department undertakes a range of digital information assurance activities to support the delivery of employment services.

The Digital Skills Cadetship Trial will provide $10.7 million to support innovative approaches to cadetships for digital career paths, in order to increase the number of Australians with digital skills. 

If you have a disability, Disability Services can support you to get job ready, look for and find a job.

The Disability Standards for Education 2005 clarify the obligations of education and training providers, and seek to ensure that students with disability can access and participate in education on the same basis as students without disability.

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.

ESOS legislation makes sure training providers meet nationally consistent standards in education delivery, facilities and services, and provides tuition fee protection for international students.

The EAF gives financial help to eligible people with disability and mental health conditions and employers to buy work-related modifications, equipment, Auslan services and workplace assistance and support services.

Employment Facilitators provide a local presence for the department in identified regions. They are a local, on-the-ground resource to help workers and other job seekers reconnect with employment and training opportunities as quickly as possible. 

Employment Facilitators currently…

Find research and analysis on employment trends in Australia.

The Employment Services Purchasing Information page provides information on approaches to market (ATM), both current and closed, and helpful information on becoming an employment service provider, registering and responding to current approaches to market for Government business.

As part of the 2019-20 Budget, the Australian Government has announced there will be no further rounds of the Endeavour Leadership Program (ELP).


The Australian Government is investing in the English Language Learning for Indigenous Children (ELLIC) Trial to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander preschool children, for whom English is an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) to learn English in a fun and engaging way.


Entrepreneurship Facilitators help people start a new business and create their own job.

Regular evaluations and inquiries contribute to policy and ensure that early childhood and child care supports and programs continue to meet the needs of children and families.

On 2 April 2019, the Australian Government released the final report of the Expert Review of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training System, also known as the Joyce Review.

Exploring Being My Own Boss Workshops can give you an understanding of self-employment and entrepreneurship. Exploring Being My Own Boss might suit you if you have a business idea, or dream of being your own boss, but don’t know where to start. By the end of this free program you’ll be better…

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).

The Child Care Financial Integrity Strategy helps you to make sure that you, your employees and educators meet all obligations under National Law and Family Assistance Law.