Programs and initiatives

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

National Research Infrastructure Strategic Framework

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…

National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP)

The National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) supports the wellbeing of students and school communities through pastoral care services and student support strategies.

National School Resourcing Board

The National School Resourcing Board provides independent oversight of different parts of the Commonwealth schools funding model. The Board reviews different parts of the funding model under the Australian Education Act 2013 (the Act) and the Australian Education Regulation…

National Skills Commission (NSC)

The National Skills Commission provides trusted, independent intelligence to shape Australia’s future workforce.

National Training Complaints Hotline

If you have a complaint relating to your experiences whilst undertaking training in the vocational education and training (VET) sector, the National Training Complaints Hotline can refer your complaint to the most appropriate authority to have your complaint considered.

National VET Data

The National VET Data program captures vocational education and training (VET) occurring across Australia. Policy and legislation set out the information you need to provide, and what can be done with it. 

National Work Experience Programme

Information for businesses about the National Work Experience Programme and how they can find out more information about accessing the program.

New Business Assistance with NEIS

New Business Assistance with NEIS can help you turn your business idea into a viable business. Over the last 36 years, NEIS has helped over 194,000 people become their own boss by starting their own business. NEIS offers free accredited small business training, business plan development,…

New Employment Services Model

The New Employment Services Model will reform employment services for job seekers, employers and providers. It will replace the jobactive program from 2022. Trials of the new model commenced in July 2019.


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ParentsNext supports parents and carers who receive Parenting Payment to plan and prepare for work by the time their youngest child starts school.

Support includes help with developing skills, training or work experience, help arranging financial support for job preparation skills,…

Pathway to Work

Pathway to Work encourages employers to hire workers 45 years and over. It is part of the Australian Government's $110 million Mature Age Employment Package.

Payments and grants for schools

There are a variety of financial assistance programs for schools. Funding is provided to help their communities and support improvements to their infrastructure.


Children who engage in a quality preschool program are generally better prepared to start primary school. The Australian Government supports states and territories to ensure a nationally consistent quality preschool program is available for all children in the year before school.

Qualifications recognition

To support international student and labour market mobility, Australia’s National Information Centre for qualifications recognition in the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment engages domestically and globally on qualifications recognition policy to encourage…

Quality and Legislative Frameworks

Australia's quality and legislative frameworks in higher education enhance and the quality and reputation of our higher education sector.

Quality Initial Teacher Education Review

Information about the Quality Initial Teacher Education Review including how to participate.

Quality Schools Package

The information on this page helps you learn about school funding and reform arrangements. The Quality Schools funding arrangements provide funding to schools and school systems based on student and school need.

Regional Research Collaboration Program

The Regional Research Collaboration (RRC) Program supports research collaboration in our regions.

Regional University Centres

Regional University Centres help students in regional and remote areas access higher education without having to leave their community. They provide student support and campus-style facilities for students who study online.

Relocation Assistance to Take Up a Job

Relocation Assistance to Take Up a Job (RATTUAJ) is an Australian Government program that assists eligible participants to relocate to take up an offer of employment. Relocation assistance helps participants accept work outside of their area by removing the financial barriers that can prevent…

Reopening of international travel to students

Australia’s borders are open to fully vaccinated international students and Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa holders.

Research - schooling

Research on schools helps plan a better future for schools across Australia by reviewing and informing policy. Here you can find publicly available research reports.

Research Block Grants

Research block grants provide funding to eligible Australian higher education providers for research and research training. Block grants are established under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA). Funding provides research income and supports research students to successfully complete…

Restart - help to employ mature workers

Restart - help to employ mature workers, is a financial incentive of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) to encourage businesses to hire and retain mature age employees who are 50 years of age and over.

Review of Australia's Research Training System

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).

Review of Research Policy and Funding Arrangements

On 7 July 2015, the then Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP appointed Dr Ian Watt AO to conduct a review of research policy and funding arrangements (the review). The review was given the task of developing options to strengthen Australia’s research system and…

Review of the Australian Apprenticeships National Skills Needs List

The Australian Apprenticeships National Skills Needs List is under review. Find out where the review is up to, and what this means for Australian Apprenticeship incentives.

Review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011

You can read a summary of the 23 recommendations made by Professor Valerie Braithwaite after conducting a Review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011.

Revitalising TAFE Campuses Across Australia Initiative

The Government has committed $50 million over two years from 2020-21 to 2021-22 for the Revitalising TAFE Campuses Across Australia program, in partnership with state and territory governments. This initiative aims to improve vocational education infrastructure ensuring TAFEs are equipped to…

Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships program

The Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships (RRES) program was announced in 2016 as part of the Australian Government’s election commitment to improve access, educational opportunities and attainment for regional and remote Australians by supporting undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational…

School funding

Funding is provided to both government and non-government schools.

School to work transitions

There's a clear link between getting a Year 12 certificate (or equivalent qualification) and improved social and economic outcomes for young people. It's important to support students to make a successful transition from school to further education, training or work

Seasonal Worker Programme

The Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme streamlines the Australian Government’s labour initiatives, the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) and Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS). It will commence in April 2022 and be managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Securing Australia’s Mathematical Workforce

The Australian Government is providing $2.5 million over five years (2016 to 2021) to the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) for the Securing Australia’s Mathematical Workforce program.  

Skilled Migration Occupation Lists

See what migrant skills are needed in Australia's Skilled Migration Occupation Lists.

Skilling Australians Fund

The Skilling Australians Fund (the Fund) supports the training of apprentices and trainees to help employers gain skilled workers to drive innovation and growth.

Skills and Training Incentive

The Skills and Training Incentive (the Incentive) assists mature age Australians to update their skills and stay in the workforce.

Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program

The Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program (the Skills Checkpoint Program) provides eligible older Australians with advice and guidance on transitioning into new roles within their current industry or finding pathways to a new career, including referral to relevant education and training…

Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) Program

The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program helps eligible job seekers learn the skills they need to get the job they want by improving their language, reading, writing and maths skills. 

Skills information for training providers

Skills information for training providers helps to ensure Vocational Education and Training (VET) is meeting the expected standards. This supports students to gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the workplace.

Skills Organisations

The Australian Government is exploring ways to deepen industry engagement and improve the VET system for all Australians. Three industry-led Skills Organisation Pilots have been established to strengthen and enhance the role of industry and employers in the system.

Skills Reform

To support the future growth and prosperity of our nation, the Australian, state and territory governments are committed to improving the vocational education and training (VET) system through reform. A strong VET system is critical for Australia’s long-term economic recovery from COVID-19.

Skills support for individuals

Australia’s national training system supports over three million students annually to gain the skills to secure and maintain rewarding and sustainable employment. This includes new job starters, those re-entering the workforce, retraining for a new job or upgrading their skills for an existing…

Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds

The Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds (SEDIF) offer finance and support to eligible social enterprises to help them grow their business and increase the impact of their work in their communities.

Strategic University Reform Fund

Through the Budget the Government is investing $40 million in funding over four years to create the Strategic University Reform Fund (SURF).

This initiative will encourage universities to undertake novel reform in areas of Government priority and enable universities to develop targeted…

Student Resilience and Wellbeing

Schools play a vital role in supporting the wellbeing of students. Student resilience, both emotionally and academically, is essential for young Australians' development.

Students with disability

The Australian Government supports the rights of children and young people with disability to have the same educational opportunities as other school students.

The Australian Government believes that we should strive for a high-quality school system that assists all Australian children…