Programs and initiatives

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

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,…


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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.

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 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.


ReBoot will provide disadvantaged and disengaged young people aged 15-24 with interesting and intensive activities to re-boot their employment and training pathway. ReBoot will help young people to build capability and aspirations and develop their abilities helping them on a pathway to…

Regional Partnerships Project Pool Program

The Regional Partnerships Project Pool Program will provide $7.1 million over three years (2021-22 to 2023-24) to support multi-year collaborative outreach projects that enable the aspirations of students in regional and remote Australia where barriers to pursuing higher education exist.

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 review of the Australian Apprenticeships National Skills Needs List is now closed.

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 from 2020-21 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 deliver training to the…

Right Fit For Risk Cyber Security Accreditation

The process of accrediting external IT systems and Providers to protect against cyber threats.

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

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.  

Self-Employment Assistance

Self‑Employment Assistance provides a range of services for current and aspiring business owners, ranging from flexible individual Business Advice Sessions to a structured 12-month package of Small Business Coaching.

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 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…

Supporting Family-School-Community Partnerships for Learning

Parents, families, and carers are a child's first and most important teachers. When families and schools work together children’s learning is enhanced. The Australian Government has many initiatives and resources to help parents, schools, and communities work together to improve children’s…

Supporting more women into STEM careers

Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI), National Research Internships Program (NRIP)

The Australian Government is providing $19.1 million over five years (2016-17 to 2020-21) to the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) to deliver the National Research Internships Program (NRIP), a national industry-based PhD-internship program.

Teaching and School Leadership

Research shows that teachers and school leaders have the greatest influence on student engagement and achievement in schools. Find the research and infrastructures supporting teaching and leadership standards.

The Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration

The Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration sets out a vision for a world class education system that encourages and supports every student to be the very best they can be, no matter where they live or what kind of learning challenges they may face.

The Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP)

The Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) is an expert statutory advisory body, established under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act), with responsibility related to the standards for delivery of higher education in Australia.

The Mid-Career Checkpoint program

The Mid-Career Checkpoint program supports eligible carers who are looking to return to the workforce or advance their career.