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Department of Premier and Cabinet

National Children and Youth Affairs



The Australian Government has made a number of commitments regarding children and their families, including the development of an  Australian Early Development Index, a National Early Years Workforce Strategy and stronger National Child Care Quality Standards.

For more information visit the Office of Early Childhood Education & Child Care website.

Council of Australian Governments (COAG)

COAG is the peak intergovernmental forum in Australia, comprising the Prime Minister, State Premiers, Territory Chief Ministers and the President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA).

COAG has agreed actions regarding literacy and numeracy and early childhood and childcare as part of its long term National Reform Agenda.


Young people

Australian Government Minister

Peter Garrett is the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth. His portfolio responsibilities include youth affairs and overseeing the effects of Australian Government policies and programmes on young people.

Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs

The Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA) comprises State, Territory, Australian Government and New Zealand Ministers who have responsibility for the portfolios of education, employment, training and youth affairs. The Council is involved in a number of activities including the coordination of strategic policy at the national level, negotiation and development of national agreements on shared objectives and the sharing of information.

National Youth Affairs Research Scheme

The National Youth Affairs Research Scheme (NYARS) is a co-operative funding program between the Australian, State and Territory Governments that facilitates nationally based research into issues affecting young people. NYARS operates under the auspices of the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA).

Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth

The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) encourages collaboration between researchers, policy makers and practitioners from a broad range of disciplines. The two primary goals of ARACY are to promote collaborative research and agenda setting for children and young people and to promote the application of research to policy and practice for children and young people.