Our department

The Department of Education is the Australian Government’s lead agency responsible for national policies and programmes that help Australians access affordable, flexible, high-quality child care and early childhood learning, school education, higher education, international education and academic research.

The department works to provide opportunity through learning for all Australians.

The department develops and provides access to:

  • affordable, accessible, flexible and high-quality child care and early childhood learning; a child care system that supports workforce participation and meets the needs of modern families and the economy; and services that are inclusive and responsive to children, parents and communities
  • a world-class school education system that is based on teacher quality, school autonomy, engaging parents in education and strengthening the Australian Curriculum, which can have a significant impact on student outcomes
  • higher education and research so that Australia excels through knowledge, by enabling the delivery of quality higher education, international education, and research opportunities that contribute to Australia’s society and the global economy.

The department collaborates closely with other Australian Government agencies, state and territory governments and education stakeholders.