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n Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) is a department of the
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, formed on 1 February 2020 from the merger of the Department of Education and Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business. The department "works to ensure Australians can experience the wellbeing and economic benefits that quality education, skills and employment provide." Its primary focus is "to equip Australians — at all life and career stages — with knowledge, skills and attributes to live well, thrive at work and contribute to community life." The head of the department is the Departmental secretary, Secretary of the DESE, currently Dr Michele Bruniges Order of Australia, AM, who reports to the Minister for Education and Youth, currently The Honourable, the Hon. Alan Tudge MP, and the Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, currently The Honourable, the Hon. Stuart Robert MP.


History

The department was formed by way of an Machinery of government#Australian Government Administrative Arrangement Orders, Administrative Arrangements Order issued on 5 December 2019, effective from 1 February 2020. It was merged from the: * Department of Education *Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business (except small business functions)


Preceding departments

The DESE's predecessor education departments have been: * Department of Education and Science (Australia), Department of Education and Science (13 December 1966 – 19 December 1972) * Department of Education (1972–83), Department of Education (19 December 1972 – 11 March 1983) * Department of Education and Youth Affairs (11 March 1983 – 13 December 1984) * Department of Education (1984–87), Department of Education (13 December 1984 – 24 July 1987) * Department of Employment, Education and Training (DEET) (24 July 1987 – 11 March 1996) * Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs (DEETYA) (11 March 1996 – 21 October 1998) * Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs (DETYA) (21 October 1998 – 26 November 2001) * Department of Education, Science and Training (Australia), Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) (26 November 2001 – 3 December 2007) * Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) (3 December 2007 – 18 September 2013) * Department of Education (Australia, 2013–14), Department of Education (18 September 2013 – 23 December 2014) * Department of Education and Training (Australia), Department of Education and Training (23 December 2014 – 29 May 2019) * Department of Education (29 May 2019 – 1 February 2020) The DESE's predecessor employment departments have been: *Department of Labor and Immigration (12 June 1974 – 22 December 1975) *Department of Employment and Industrial Relations (1975–78), Department of Employment and Industrial Relations (22 December 1975 – 5 December 1978) *Department of Employment and Youth Affairs (5 December 1978 – 7 May 1982) *Department of Employment and Industrial Relations (1982–87), Department of Employment and Industrial Relations (7 May 1982 – 24 July 1987) *Department of Employment, Education and Training (24 July 1987 – 11 March 1996) *Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs (11 March 1996 – 21 October 1998) *Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business (21 October 1998 – 26 November 2001) *Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (26 November 2001 – 3 December 2007) *Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (3 December 2007 – 18 September 2013) *Department of Employment (Australia), Department of Employment (18 September 2013 - 20 December 2017) * Department of Jobs and Small Business (Australia), Department of Jobs and Small Business (20 December 2017 – 29 May 2019) * Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business (29 May 2019 – 1 February 2020)


Operational activities

The functions of the department are broadly classified into the following matters: *Employment policy, including employment services *Jobactive *Labour market programmes for people of working age *Co-ordination of labour market research *Equal employment opportunity *Work and family programmes *Participation, activity test and compliance policy for participation payment recipients *Reducing the burden of government regulation *Skills and vocational education policy regulation and programmes, including vocational education and training in schools *Training, including apprenticeships and training and skills assessment services *Training transitions policy and programmes *Foundation skills for adults *Schools education policy and programmes *Education transitions policy and programmes *Pre-school education policy and programmes *Higher education policy, regulation and programmes *Policy, coordination and support for international education and research engagement *Co-ordination of research policy in relation to universities *Creation and development of research infrastructure *Research grants and fellowships *Childcare policy and programmes *Co-ordination of early childhood development policy and responsibilities


See also

* Minister for Education (Australia) * List of Australian Commonwealth Government entities * Education in Australia


References


External links


Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership Website
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