Department of Education (Australia)

The Australian Department of Education was a short-lived department of the Government of Australia in existence between 29 May 2019 and 1 February 2020.[1] and charged with the responsibility for national policies and programs that help Australians access quality and affordable early childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and academic research.[4]

Department of Education
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The national office of the Department of Education, 50 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra.
Department overview
Formed29 May 2019 (2019-05-29)[1]
Preceding Department
Dissolved1 February 2020 (2020-02-01)
Superseding agency
JurisdictionCommonwealth of Australia
HeadquartersCanberra
Minister responsible
Department executive
Child Department
  • Shared Services Centre
Websitewww.education.gov.au
Footnotes
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The head of the department was the Secretary of the Department of Education, Dr Michele Bruniges AM,[2] who reported to the Minister for Education, the Hon. Dan Tehan MP.

The department merged with the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business (except small business functions) to form the Department of Education, Skills and Employment on 1 February 2020.[5][6]

HistoryEdit

The department was formed by way of an Administrative Arrangements Order issued on 29 May 2019.[1] It incorporated the functions of the previous Department of Education and Training, with the exception that:

On 1 February 2020, the department merged with the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, excluding the latter's small business functions, to form the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.[5]

Preceding departmentsEdit

The Department of Education's predecessor departments have been:

Operational activitiesEdit

The functions of the department were broadly classified into the following matters:[1]

  • Schools education policy and programs, including vocational education and training in schools
  • Schooling transitions policy and programs including career pathways
  • Education and training transitions policy and programs
  • Youth affairs and programs, including youth transitions
  • Pre-school education policy and programs
  • Higher education policy, regulation and programs
  • Policy, coordination and support for international education and research engagement
  • Coordination of research policy in relation to universities
  • Creation and development of research infrastructure
  • Research grants and fellowships
  • Childcare policy and programmes
  • Co-ordination of early childhood development policy and responsibilities

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Administrative Order Arrangements" (PDF). Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Secretary". Department of Education and Training. Commonwealth of Australia. December 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Associate Secretaries and Deputy Secretaries". Department of Education and Training. Commonwealth of Australia. December 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Home page". Department of Education. Commonwealth of Australia. December 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Administrative Arrangements Order made on 5 December 2019 with effect from 1 February 2020". Australian Government. Archived from the original on 3 February 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Scott Morrison to sack top bureaucrats and dismantle departments in wide-ranging public sector overhaul". ABC News. 6 December 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Administrative Arrangements Order - Summary of changes" (PDF). Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 9 June 2019.

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