Progress towards achieving departmental objectives

The department monitors the outcomes of children and young people as they move from early childhood through their school years and into further education and work. It also monitors the progress of adult learners seeking to re-skill and re‑engage with the workforce. Progress is measured through 4 objectives of:

  • achievement
  • engagement
  • wellbeing
  • productivity.

In 2021–22, the department continued supporting Victorian children, students and their communities. As we entered the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the department’s focus shifted to ensuring face‑to‑face learning resumed uninterrupted across education settings. This was supported through the introduction of a full suite of COVIDSafe measures. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to affect the delivery of some services and programs.

Education and training were critical to Victoria’s social and economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, TAFEs delivered free training courses for school leavers, young people and job seekers, as well as supported the community more broadly with free infection prevention and control training.