Department of Education, Science and Training

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Department of Education, Science and Training
Department overview
Formed 26 November 2001[1]
Preceding Department Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs
Dissolved 3 December 2007[1]
Superseding agency

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Headquarters Canberra
Minister responsible Brendan Nelson, Minister for Education, Science and Training
Department executives Steve Sedgwick, Secretary (2001‑02)[2]
Peter Shergold, Secretary (2002‑03)
Wendy Jarvie, Acting Secretary (2003)[3]
Jeff Harmer, Secretary (2003‑04)[4]
Lisa Paul, Secretary (2004‑07)
Website dest.gov.au

The Department of Education, Science and Training (also called DEST) was an Australian government department that existed between November 2001 and December 2007.

Scope[edit]

Information about the department's functions and/or government funding allocation could be found in the Administrative Arrangements Orders, the annual Portfolio Budget Statements, in the Department's annual reports and on the Department's website.

According to the Administrative Arrangements Order (AAO) made on 26 November 2001, the Department dealt with:[5]

  • Education, other than migrant adult education
  • Science Policy
  • Promotion of collaborative research in science and technology
  • Training, including New Apprenticeships and training services
  • Co-ordination of research policy
  • Research grants and fellowships
  • Radioactive waste management

Structure[edit]

The Department was an Australian Public Service department, staffed by officials who were responsible to the Minister for Education, Science and Training, Brendan Nelson.[1]

Lisa Paul was appointed the Department's Secretary in October 2004.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c CA 8870: Department of Education, Science and Training, Central Office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 9 December 2013 
  2. ^ Howard, John (18 January 2002). "Senior Appointments - Departmental Secretaries" (Press release). Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. "Mr Steve Sedgwick, currently the Secretary of the Department of Education, Science and Training, will be appointed to a very senior position, details of which are being finalised and will be announced before 18 January 2002" 
  3. ^ Howard, John (2 February 2003). "Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet" (Press release). Archived from the original on 1 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Howard, John (26 February 2003). "Appointment Of Secretary Of The Department Of Education, Science And Training" (Press release). Archived from the original on 10 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Administrative Arrangements Order issued 26 November 2001, National Archives of Australia, 26 November 2001, archived from the original on 27 April 2013 
  6. ^ Howard, John (22 October 2004). "Appointment of Secretaries" (Press release). Archived from the original on 19 November 2013.