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The Education and Training portfolio is responsible for assisting the Australian Government to undertake a national leadership role in education, including early childhood, schools, tertiary, skills training and international education. It also includes the evidence-based policy development that supports this national role.
Read an overview of the Education and Training portfolio including details of key activities, expenses and staffing levels. The audit focus section outlines the influences on the ANAO’s allocation of financial audit resources and the selection of performance audit topics and other activities. Also included is a list of material and non-material entities within the portfolio with their corresponding risk profile and key risks. Any risks that are considered key audit matters (KAMs) by the ANAO are separately identified.
The audit would examine the effectiveness of the Australian Research Council’s (ARC’s) administration of the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP).
Through the NCGP, the ARC provides around $750 million to $800 million per year ($758 million in 2017–18) in grants to researchers in Australia. Grants are competitively awarded to individuals, research teams and large-scale centres through two programs. The Discovery Program has a primary focus on supporting individuals and small teams. The Linkage Program creates links outside universities, with industry and other partners, and stimulates research impact.
The proposed audit would assure Parliament that this significant source of research and development funding is being allocated in an effective manner.
This audit would examine the design and administration of the Trade Support Loans program, and whether the program has achieved its objective of increasing completion rates among Australian apprentices in priority trades. Trade Support Loans (of up to $20,808) were established in 2014, with a budget allocation of $1 billion over the period 2015–16 to 2019–20.
The audit would examine whether the objectives of the program are being met.
The audit would examine the Department of Education and Training’s implementation of the new Child Care Package effective 2 July 2018. The current Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate have been replaced by a single Child Care Subsidy, to be paid directly to services. The package includes a $1.2 billion safety net to give the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, including those from regional and remote communities, a strong start through access to quality early learning and child care.
An audit would provide the Parliament with assurance that the department is implementing the new Child Care Package effectively and that the package is achieving its intended purpose.
This audit would examine the effectiveness of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency’s (TEQSA’s) regulation of the higher education sector. The audit would focus on TEQSA’s quality assurance of higher education institutions and ability to address student concerns about quality in service provision.
TEQSA was established in July 2011 to safeguard student interests and the reputation of Australia’s higher education sector by assuring the quality of higher education providers. A new Higher Education Standards Framework commenced on 1 January 2017, which has a strong student focus while supporting TEQSA’s risk-based approach in performing its functions.
The objective of the audit is to continue to examine the progress of the implementation of the annual performance statements requirements under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014 (PGPA Rule) by selected entities.