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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 all schools, government and non-government. Government schools are owned and operated by state and territory governments. The Australian Government provides supplementary funding. Non-government schools receive the majority of their public funding...

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.

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. ...