The department is responsible for national policies and programmes that help Australians access quality early childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research.
The department also supports a number of projects specifically focused on young people to encourage them to participate in further education, training and work, these include:
Youth Initiatives: Programmes and initiatives to engage, support and and collaborate with young people
Career Development: The ongoing process of young people managing their lives, learning and work. It involves developing the skills and knowledge that enable them to plan and make informed decisions about education, training and career choices.
National Youth Affairs Research Scheme: A cooperative funding programme between the Australian Government and state and territory governments.
Compact with Young Australians: Established to help young people get the skills they need to get a job and make a successful transition to further education or training. School to Work Transitions: There is a clear link between getting a year 12 certificate (or equivalent qualification) and improved social and economic outcomes for all young people. The Australian Government recognises the importance of education and training and is encouraging young people to complete school and successfully transition to further education, training and work.