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Students First

An effective education system where students come first offers greater opportunities to raise self-worth and better support families and communities.

School Education

High quality school education supports productivity and improves the educational outcomes of children, increasing the likelihood that they will attain skills and be in employment. The Australian Government is committed to delivering high- quality school education through its students-first...

Funding for schools

The Australian Government provides funding for schools, both government and non-government.  ...

Quality Teaching

It has long been recognised that teacher quality is the single most important factor, in a school, in influencing student engagement and achievement. That is why teacher quality is one of the four key pillars of the Australian Government’s students-first approach to school education.

Indigenous Schooling

The Australian Government is committed to achieving better results for Indigenous Australians in three priority areas - getting children to school, adults into work and building safe communities.

My School

The My School website contains school performance data and other information on Australian schools. Parents, teachers, principals and the community can search profiles of almost 10,000 Australian schools.

Targeted investment in schools

This page contains information about targeted investment in schools.

Literacy, Numeracy and Special Learning Needs Programme

The Literacy, Numeracy and Special Learning Needs Programme provided financial assistance to non-government schools with disadvantaged students. The programme supported the most educationally disadvantaged school students who were at risk of not reaching the National Minimum Standard in literacy...

Student Resilience and Wellbeing

The Australian Government recognises that schools play a vital role in promoting the social and emotional development and wellbeing of young Australians.

National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program

On 19 June 2014, the High Court of Australia found that payments made under the former National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program (NSCSWP) were beyond the constitutional authority of the Commonwealth.

Students with Disability

The Australian Government provides substantial funding to education authorities to help meet the educational needs of all students, including those with disability. ...

More Support for Students with Disabilities

The Australian Government is providing $300 million, over three years, of additional funding to government and non-government education authorities under the More Support for Students with Disabilities initiative. ...

Trade Training Centres in Schools Program

There are 511 projects funded under the Trade Training Centres in Schools Program.  This includes 136 Trades Skills Centres (TSCs). To reflect the Government’s commitment to stronger industry linkages, project funding agreements for TSCs have been enhanced to ensure that industry engagement...

Youth Connections

Young people who are at risk of leaving school or have left school early can get support from the Australian Government to continue their education and finish Year 12 or get an equivalent qualification.

Career Development

Career development is the ongoing process of managing your life, learning and work. It involves developing the skills and knowledge that enable you to plan and make informed decisions about your education, training and career choices.

Schools Business Community Partnership Brokers Programme

The School Business Community Partnership Brokers (Partnership Brokers) programme is focused on building partnerships to help young people to achieve Year 12 or equivalent qualifications and reach their full potential.

Australian Vocational Student Prize

The Australian Vocational Student Prize (AVSP) recognises students who have demonstrated outstanding skills while completing vocational training in senior secondary years.

Australian Student Prize

The Australian Student Prize recognises academic excellence and achievement of students in senior secondary years.

Empowering Local Schools

The Empowering Local Schools initiative will conclude in June 2014. The initiative supports participating schools to make more decisions at a local level.

Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme

The Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme helps eligible parents and carers with the extra costs of educating their children when they cannot go to an appropriate government school.

Country Areas Programme

The Country Areas Programme provided assistance to primary and secondary non-government schools in rural, regional and remote areas to help improve student learning opportunities.

National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment undertaken in the second week of May every year by all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. NAPLAN, which began in 2008, tests students in the domains of Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar...

Online Curriculum and Assessment

The Australian Government is supporting teachers to implement the Australian Curriculum and support student learning using online tools and resources.

Technology in Schools

The Australian Government supports the appropriate use of technology in Australian schools to prepare students to learn, train and live in a digital world.

Broadband Enabled Education

The Broadband Enabled Education and Skills Services Programme is funding trials to show how students, teachers and parents can benefit from improved online access to education, training and skills services made possible by broadband communications technology.

Languages Education

One of the Australian Government’s role in languages education is to provide national policy leadership and to encourage and facilitate innovation and the implementation of national priorities by States, Territories and non-government education providers. ...

Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowships

The Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowships (ELTF), a part of the Australian Government’s broader Endeavour Awards, provide opportunities for practising language teachers, re- training teachers and pre-service language teachers to take part in short-term overseas study programmes to improve their...

English as a Second Language - New Arrivals Programme

The Australian Government, through the English as a Second Language - New Arrivals Programme, provided funding to Catholic and independent schools to assist migrant students to receive intensive English language tuition.

Parliament and Civics Education Rebate

Schools more than 150 kilometres from Canberra may be able to get help from the Australian Government to cover costs of a civics and citizenship education excursion to Canberra.

Curriculum, Assessment and Teaching

The Australian Curriculum provides teachers and parents with a clear understanding of what needs to be covered in each school subject from Foundation to Year 12. This includes teaching and assessment standards.

National School Improvement Tool

The National School Improvement Tool helps schools to review and guide their efforts at improving the quality of classroom teaching and learning and student performance.

2013 Education election commitments

The Australian Government is working towards building an education system that gives students around Australia the skills and support they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive world. ...

Agriculture in Education programme

The Agriculture in Education programme will help teachers better understand the products and processes associated with food and fibre production and ensure that all students have an opportunity to understand their importance in the Australian economy. It will support effective implementation of...

Independent Public Schools

The Australian Government has committed to working with states and territories to encourage 25 per cent of existing public schools to become Independent Public Schools by 2017.

Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young People

All Australian Education Ministers released a national declaration on 12 December 2008 of the educational goals for young Australians. The Declaration  has two national goals:

National Partnerships for Low SES Schools, Literacy and Numeracy and Improving Teacher Quality

The National Partnerships for Low Socio-economic Status School Communities, Literacy and Numeracy and Improving Teacher Quality ran from 2009 to 2013. The National Partnership Agreements, Bilateral Agreements and Implementation Plans are available on the federal financial relations website.

National School Chaplaincy Programme

On 19 June 2014, the High Court of Australia found that payments made under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program were beyond the constitutional authority of the Commonwealth.

Partnerships for schools, businesses and communities

The Australian Government provides programmes and resources to help schools, businesses and communities build successful partnerships to benefit the education outcomes of young people.

Policy Roundtables

The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education, is hosting a series of roundtables to improve the education of students with disability and learning difficulties. ...

School to Work Transitions

There is a clear link between getting a year 12 certificate (or equivalent qualification) and improved social and economic outcomes for all young people. The Australian Government recognises the importance of education and training and is encouraging young people to complete school and...

Schools Service Point

Schools Service Point (SSP) is an internet-based system that provides users from non-government school with access to the Department of Education's schools-related data collections, such as:

Vocational Pathways

Vocational Learning and Vocational Education and Training (VET), which include Australian School-based Apprenticeships, can be undertaken by secondary students.

Indigenous Education Online (INDIGO)

The Indigenous Education Online (INDIGO) system is used to manage agreements, payments and associated reporting for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education programmes.