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Education and training is central to individual opportunity, economic growth and social wellbeing, national prosperity and global competitiveness.

The Department of Education and Training Corporate Plan 2017–18, our primary planning document, positions us for the year ahead. It will guide us—as individuals and together as an organisation—in our ongoing commitment to providing national leadership on education and training.

Our purpose is maximising opportunity and prosperity through national leadership on education and training. Through our national policy and funding programs, we aspire to maximise opportunities for learning and prosperity for current and future generations. We are motivated to always have a positive impact on the lives of individuals, on our communities, and on our nation.

The department leads the Australian Government’s efforts to strengthen social wellbeing and economic growth through better access to child care and quality early learning and schooling through to higher education and research, skills and training, and international education.

We are implementing the Government’s significant reform agenda, which includes major initiatives in child care, schooling and higher education, and a renewed focus on skilling Australians through apprenticeships and traineeships. Over the next 12 months, the department will focus on the capabilities we require—including the technology, systems, people capability and leadership required—to implement these major reforms.

I want the department to build on its national and international reputation as a trusted and leading source of policy expertise and advice that is based on evidence and focused on the future. We are building a national education evidence base to better understand the links between early learning, schooling and tertiary education and training. We’ll work closely with states and territories on delivering partnership agreements for fair, accessible and quality education.

I am continually impressed by the knowledge, dedication, commitment and passion our people demonstrate. I am committed to strengthening opportunity for our people—to maximising talent and performance within the department and to building a diverse and inclusive workplace that supports our people to maximise their potential.

We are guided by the principle: Indigenous business is everyone’s business. We aim to deepen our cultural understanding, to be an employer of choice and to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This corporate plan has been developed collaboratively with our people throughout the department, as well as with a range of stakeholders. I look forward to working with our Ministers and the early childhood, education, training and research sectors to meet the priorities we have set out together.

Statement of preparation

I, as accountable authority of the Department of Education and Training, present our Corporate Plan 2017–18, prepared for the 2017–18 reporting period and covering the four years from 2017–18 to 2020–21, as required under paragraph 35(1)(b) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

Dr Michele Bruniges AM

28 August 2017