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The Department of Education and Training’s purpose is maximising opportunity and prosperity through national leadership on education and training.

Education and training maximises life choices for every Australian—of all ages and at every stage of life. By creating and strengthening access to quality education for all Australians and for international students, the department maximises opportunity through learning. Through opportunity, individuals, families and communities are encouraged to maximise their potential, participate in the social and economic wellbeing of their communities, and contribute to national and global prosperity.