Department of Education (Australia)

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This article is about the defunct Australian Government Department of Education (2013-2014). For the defunct 1972–83 Australian Government Department of Education, see Department of Education (1972–1983). For the defunct 1984–87 Australian Government Department of Education, see Department of Education (1984–1987).
Department of Education
Department overview
Formed 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18)[1]
Preceding Department Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Dissolved 23 December 2014
Superseding agency Department of Education and Training (Australia)
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Headquarters Canberra
Ministers responsible Christopher Pyne,
Minister for Education
Simon Birmingham,
Assistant Minister for Education
Scott Ryan,
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education
Department executive Lisa Paul, Secretary
Child Department Shared Services Centre
Website www.education.gov.au
Footnotes
[2][3]

The Australian Department of Education was a department of the Government of Australia charged with the responsibility for national policies and programs to help Australians access quality and affordable childcare; early childhood education, school education, post-school, higher education, international education and academic research.[4] The head of the department was the Secretary of the Department of Education, Lisa Paul AO PSM,[2] who reported to the Minister for Education, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, the Assistant Minister for Education, the Hon. Sussan Ley MP, and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, Senator the Hon. Scott Ryan.[5]

History[edit]

The department was formed by way of an Administrative Arrangements Order issued on 18 September 2013[6] and replaced the functions previously performed by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). DEEWR was formed in 2007 and absorbed the former Department of Education, Science and Training and the former Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.

The department was dissolved by way of an Administrative Arrangements Order issued on 23 December 2014[7] and superseded by the Department of Education and Training.

Operational activities[edit]

The functions of the department were broadly classified into the following matters:[6]

  • Schools education policy and programs, including vocational education and training in schools, but excluding migrant adult education
  • Schooling transitions policy and programs including career pathways
  • Education and training transitions policy and programs
  • Youth affairs and programs, including youth transitions
  • Early childhood and childcare policy and programs
  • Co-ordination of early childhood development policy and responsibilities
  • Higher education policy, regulation and programs
  • Policy, coordination and support for international education

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ CA 9432: Department of Education [III], Central office, National Archives of Australia, retrieved 9 April 2014 
  2. ^ a b "Secretary". Department of Education. Commonwealth of Australia. October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Associate Secretaries and Deputy Secretaries". Department of Education. Commonwealth of Australia. October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Home page". Department of Education. Commonwealth of Australia. October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Abbott Ministry" (PDF). Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Administrative Arrangements Order" (PDF). Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Administrative Arrangements Order" (PDF). Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 

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