Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (Victoria)

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The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) provides education and development services to children, young people and adults both directly through government schools and indirectly through the regulation and funding of early childhood services, non-government schools and training programs for the state of Victoria, Australia.[1]

Purpose[edit]

Ensure a high-quality and coherent birth-to-adulthood learning and development system to build the capability of every Victorian.

Values[edit]

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (the Department) is a learning organisation. In our relationships with colleagues, children and young people, adult learners, parents and families, partners and local and global communities we commit to the following values:

  • collaboration and knowledge sharing
  • outcomes
  • respect and diversity
  • empowerment.

Key responsibilities[edit]

The Department is responsible for:

  • Providing policy advice to the three portfolio Ministers
  • Implementing early childhood development, school education, and skills and higher education policy
  • Designing, funding, regulating and delivering portfolio services
  • Improving the effectiveness of the state’s overall learning and development system.

The Department brings together a range of services for Victorian children, young people and adults. These services cover three overlapping life stages:

  • Early childhood development (birth-8 years) - These services reach over 400,000 children and families, and include maternal and child health services, early years learning and development, including early childhood education and care services, and early childhood intervention services.
  • School education (5-18) - These services reach over 850,000 students and include primary and secondary education, special education, health and wellbeing.
  • Higher education and skills (15-65+) - These services reach over 890,000 learners and include vocational education and training, higher education, apprenticeships and traineeships, and adult, community and further education.[2]

The Department supports and advises three Victorian Ministers:

and helps with the management and administration of their portfolios.[3]

See also[edit]

DEECD website links[edit]

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