The competitiveness and productivity of an organisation is dependant on its access to the skills it needs. To build a highly skilled Australian workforce, individuals and businesses require access to high quality training. The Australian Government meets this need through initiatives and programs designed to help individuals and businesses access training and workforce development advice. It also supports the organisations that provide these services.
The department is working with the tertiary education sector to increase the number of highly skilled Australians, lift quality of both higher education and vocational education and training, increase access for the most disadvantaged and improve the responsiveness of the sector to industry needs.
Australia's science interests are promoted by the department through the management of major research infrastructure funding, developing global science partnerships, providing advice on science and technology issues and fostering the department's relationship with Australia's research agencies.
By backing Australia's science and research efforts and investing in significant infrastructure, Australia has the edge to compete at the forefront of international research.