The Department of Education in Victoria, Australia is
known by the full name the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is a part of the
State Government. The role of the Department of Education in Victoria is to
provide policy and planning advice in order to make the delivery of education
more efficient. The Department of Education in Victoria serves an advisory role
for two different State Ministers: the Minister of Education and the Minister
for Children and Early Childhood Development.
The Department of Education in Victoria follows a three-tier model, which
consists of providing primary education, secondary education, and tertiary
education. Primary education takes place in primary schools. Secondary
education occurs in secondary schools or a secondary college. Universities and
Technical and Further Education schools provide tertiary education in Victoria.
Government schools provide free education until year twelve, although this does
not apply to overseas students or students who are over the age of 20 on
January 1 of the year in which they enroll. Religious and secular independent schools
can charge fees, which the Department of Education in Victoria subsidizes.
Despite the fact that non-tertiary education is free, 35 percent of
students attend a private primary or secondary school. The most of these private
schools are Catholic.
In Victoria, the academic year is generally from late January until
mid-December for secondary or primary schools, with Universities operating from late February through mid-November.