Programs and initiatives

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

Find a course to study

Tools to help you explore and find a course to study. 

Foundation Skills for Your Future Program

The Foundation Skills for Your Future Program (the Program) helps you improve your reading, writing, maths and digital skills.

Foundation Skills For Your Future Remote Community Pilots

The new pilot program will deliver foundation English Language, Literacy, Numeracy and Digital literacy (LLND) skills, training and assessment in four remote communities.

Future Ready

Future Ready supports students to make successful transitions from school. It is a National Career Education Strategy that helps students move from school to further education, training or work.

Group of Twenty (G20)

The Group of Twenty (G20) is the leading forum for international economic cooperation.

Guidelines to counter foreign interference in the Australian university sector

The world-class performance and reputation of Australia’s university system is intrinsically linked to the globally engaged and open nature of our universities. Universities play a key role in developing new knowledge and technological innovation. This role is vital to Australia’s continued…

Harvest Trail Services

Harvest Trail Services connect workers with employers in harvesting areas across Australia. Harvest jobs are found in regional and rural areas. Workers can mix work with travel and learn new skills or start a career in agriculture.  


HERI Budget Overview 2018-19

The HERI Budget Overview 2018-19 summarises the main areas for investment in higher education for financial year 2018-19.

HERI Budget Overview 2019-20

Overview of higher education, research and international education measures.

HERI Budget Overview 2020-21

The higher education, research and international education (HERI) Budget Overview 2020-21 summarises the main areas for investment in higher education for financial year 2020-21.

Higher Education Disability Support Program

The Higher Education Disability Support Program provides funding to eligible higher education providers, to assist with supporting students with disability to access, participate and succeed in higher education.

Higher Education Funding

Higher education funding supports better learning and teaching.

Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)

The Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) has 4 different loan schemes that provide financial support to students. 

Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP)

The Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) provides funding to universities listed in Table A of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to implement strategies that improve access to undergraduate courses for people from regional and remote Australia, low socio-…

Higher Education provider updates

Higher education provider updates aim to assist providers to stay informed about HELP policy and to support best practice in the sector.

Higher Education Publications

Higher Education Publications lists publications, newsletters and reports on Australia's higher education sector.

Higher Education reviews and consultations

Higher education policy is subject to regular reviews and consultation with industry. This ensures that policy is being reviewed and improved.

Higher Education Statistics

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment Analysis and Data Division is responsible for the collection and dissemination of statistics relating to the provision of higher education at all Australian institutions.

Indigenous Education

The Australian Government is committed to achieving better results for Indigenous Australians and is working with states and territories to ensure mainstream schools policy and programs contribute to improvements in outcomes for all students.

Industry Training Hubs

The Australian Government is investing $50.6 million to trial Industry Training Hubs in ten regions across Australia.

Information for schools

Find resources and links to help you access the information you need to support students and the school community.

Insurance arrangements for Employment Services activities

If you undertake approved Employment Services activities, for both job seekers and hosts, you may be covered by insurance arrangements and combined liability insurance. This is purchased by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (the Department).

Integrated Data Research

The Integrated Data Analytics research unit looks into complex issues that affects Australians throughout their lives. This research then helps inform policies and programs to improve our well-being as Australians.

International Education Data and Research

The department collects and published several data sets and visualisations to explore international student demographics at Australian institutions.

International education engagement

Internationally, the Department provides policy leadership and coordination across all levels of government for education-related matters. In addition, the Department builds partnerships through engagement with key partner countries to advance Australia’s international education sector and…

International Engagement

International forums help promote Australia’s national interests. Learn about how we, The Department of Education, Skills and Employment, engage with international forums to promote Australia’s national interests and help develop policies to support the creation of a strong and diversified…

International skills engagement

International skills engagement is progressed by maintaining systems and policies to support the vocational education and training (VET) student market, both here and overseas. This helps to ensure Australia is seen as an international leader in skills policy and system design.

Job Outlook

Job Outlook provides useful information about occupations and labour market trends in Australia. On Job Outlook you can learn about occupations matched to your interests, experience or skillset.

Job Seeker Snapshot

If you're applying for income support you'll be encouraged to take the Job Seeker Snapshot.


The website helps job seekers find a job and employers find staff.

Job-ready Graduates Package

Under the Job-ready Graduates Package (the package) of reforms to higher education, Government university funding of $18 billion in 2020 will grow to $20 billion by 2024. The package will create up to 30,000 new university places, and 50,000 new short course places by 2021 and provide additional…

Jobs Fair

Jobs fairs help job seekers meet and connect with local employers. These free events are held throughout Australia. At a jobs fair you can meet local employers, improve your job seeking skills and find out about local businesses, support services and training options.

In 2021 – 22, jobs…

Jobs Hub

The Australian Government is supporting job seekers and employers to connect in a rapidly changing jobs market.

Key official documents about early childhood

We regularly issue public reports about the make-up of child care services in Australia, the participation of Indigenous families in child care, and findings from other surveys and studies. 

Launch into Work

The Launch into Work program supports the delivery of pre-employment projects that prepare job seekers for specific entry-level roles with an organisation.

Projects are co-designed with employers and tailored to the needs of the business. This ensures that job seekers build the skills,…

Local Jobs Program

The Local Jobs Program brings together expertise, resources and access to funding at the local level to support job seekers and their communities in each region.  The program has a particular focus on reskilling, upskilling and employment pathways and is part of supporting Australia’s economic…

Mature Age Hub

Mature age workers (45 years and over) have valuable life and work experience, knowledge and skills. They can also mentor younger staff. Discover services and supports that connect businesses and mature age workers.

My School

My School can help you find data from every school in Australia. This includes a school’s student profile, enrolment numbers, attendance rates, NAPLAN performance and funding.

National Assessment Program

The National Assessment Program is a list of all the national and international school tests that your child will or may be selected to sit.

National Careers Institute

The National Careers Institute (NCI) ensures Australians have access to reliable and accurate careers information, resources, and support.

Our vision is to be Australia’s recognised source of independent careers information for Australians of all ages and at all stages of their career.…

National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS)

Australia is an established global leader in world-class research. The Australian Government helps maintain this reputation by ensuring researchers have access to cutting edge national research infrastructure supported through the NCRIS program.

National Innovation and Science Agenda

Technology is transforming our lives and changing how we learn. It also creates new opportunities for our researchers. The National Innovation and Science Agenda will introduce innovation and science from an early age and harness new sources of growth to prepare Australia for the future.

National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care

The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care is a national system for the regulation and quality assessment of child care and early learning services.

National Research Infrastructure

Australia is an established global leader in world-class research. The Australian Government helps maintain this reputation by ensuring researchers have access to cutting edge research infrastructure.