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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2009–10  
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Contents >> Education and training >> Government responsibilities in education


State and territory governments' responsibilities in education and training include: the constitutional responsibility for providing schooling to all school-aged children; the major financial responsibility for government schools and contributing supplementary funds to non-government schools; and regulating school policies and programs. They determine curricula, course accreditation, student assessment and awards for both government and non-government schools. They are also responsible for the administration and major funding of vocational education and training (VET), and for legislation relating to the establishment and accreditation of higher education courses.

The Australian Government has special responsibilities in education and training for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, migrants, international partnerships in education, and financial assistance for students. It is principally responsible for funding non-government schools and higher education institutions, and provides supplementary funding for government schools and VET.

Governments' responsibilities for education and training extend beyond funding and administration. They have broader responsibility to plan for future demand both for education resources and for particular skills in the Australian workforce. Governments are also responsible for monitoring the performance of education services, and evaluating the outcomes of education.

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