Department of Education (Tasmania)

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Department of Education
Government department overview
Jurisdiction Tasmania
Minister responsible
Government department executive
Child agencies

The Tasmanian Department of Education is a government department within the Tasmanian Government, Australia with responsibility for primary and secondary education, library and information services, vocational education and training services, children's services, assessment and certification services and youth affairs.

The department is led by its Secretary, Jenny Gale.[1] The Secretary is responsible to the Minister for Education and Training, presently the Hon. Jeremy Rockliff MP.

State Library[edit]

The headquarters of the State Library of Tasmania is located in Hobart. The State Library administers and funds all public libraries in Tasmania. There are 7 city/suburban lending libraries and 39 smaller branch libraries located throughout Tasmania. The State Library also maintains the heritage and reference collections.

School system[edit]

The Department is responsible for all aspects of education in Tasmania including schooling, Adult Education, the State Library and TAFE Tasmania, a vocational tertiary institution with many campuses around the state.

Schools in the public education system include: 138 primary schools (Kindergarten to Grade 6), 57 high schools (Grade 7 to 10) and 8 colleges (Grade 11 and 12).

Tertiary education[edit]

TasTAFE (formerly TAFE Tasmania) is an Australian tertiary body of the Australian state-based Technical and Further Education system. It includes two institutes, the Institute of TasTAFE and the Drysdale Institute.

One of three new organisations created through the Tasmania Tomorrow reforms, the Tasmanian Polytechnic is focused on providing practical and hands on learning for students of all ages and is working with the Tasmanian Academy and the Tasmanian Skills Institute to deliver more positive outcomes for our students, the local economy and Tasmania.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Organisational chart" (PDF). Department of Education. Tasmanian Government. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 

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