Programs and initiatives

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

2020 Research Infrastructure Investment Plan

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…

2020-21 Budget Research Package

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 Higher Education

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.

About Us

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.

Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence (ACCSE)

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

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

Additional Child Care Subsidy

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

Additional information on the child care system is available.

Australian Curriculum

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.

Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)

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. 

Australian Education Act 2013

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

Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC)

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.

Australian Strategy for International Education 2021‑2030

The Australian Strategy for International Education 2021‑2030 charts a path to sustainable growth for Australia’s international education sector, with a focus on diversification, meeting national skills needs, students at the centre and global competitiveness.

Australia's Youth Policy Framework

Australia has more than 3.2 million young people (aged 15–24), this represents one in every eight Australians, and one in five of our working age (aged 15–64) population.

Young Australians are resilient. While every young person has their own unique goals, a successful transition to…

Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements and Completing Apprenticeship Commencements

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.

Career Transition Assistance

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.

Child Care Enforcement Action Register

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).

Child Care Package

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

Child Care Subsidy

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.

Closing the Gap

The Commonwealth’s first Closing the Gap Implementation Plan will set a foundation for the Commonwealth’s efforts in achieving the targets in the National Agreement over the coming decade.

Collaborative Partnership on Mature Age Employment

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.

Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians

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.

Community Child Care Fund

The Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) helps eligible child care services address barriers to child care participation, particularly in disadvantaged, regional and remote communities, as well as Indigenous communities. CCCF comprises four components of funding.

Community Development Program (CDP)

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

Compliance in child care

Child care providers must comply with the rules under Family Assistance Law. We regularly check providers are following the law and take compliance action when they’re not.

Connections for Quality

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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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…

Council for International Education

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

Data and research for schooling

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

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

Destination Australia Cheung Kong Exchange Program

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

Digital Information Assurance / IT Security Compliance

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

Digital Skills Cadetship Trial

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. 

Disability Employment Services

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

Disability Standards for Education 2005

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.

Early Learning Languages Australia

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.

Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Framework

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

Employing and supporting women in your organisation

Supporting employers to attract and retain women returning to work after a career break.

Employment Assistance Fund (EAF)

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 Research and Statistics

Find research and analysis on employment trends in Australia.

Employment Services Purchasing Information

The Employment Services Purchasing Information page no longer provides current information on approaches to market (ATMs).

Endeavour Leadership Program

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


English Language Learning for Indigenous Children (ELLIC) Trial

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

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

Evaluation, inquiries and strategic policy

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.

Expert Review of Australia’s VET System

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.