Higher Education and Training

National Department Budget for 2015-16

Vote purpose

Develop and support a quality higher and vocational education sector. Promote access to higher and vocational education and skills development training opportunities.


The Department of Higher Education and Training derives its mandate from the following pieces of legislation:

  • the Higher Education Act (1997), which provides for a unified and nationally planned system of
    higher education

  • the Adult Basic Education and Training Act (2000), which provides for the establishment of public and private adult learning centres and for the governance of public centres

  • the Further Education and Training Colleges Act (2006), which provides for the governance and funding of further education and training colleges

  • the Skills Development Levies Act (1999), which provides for the imposition of skills development levies

  • the Skills Development Act (2008), which enables the creation of the National Skills Agency, the establishment of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations, and the regulation of apprenticeships, learnerships and other matters relating to skills development

  • the National Education Policy Act (1996), which provides for the formulation of national policies in general and further education and training, curriculum assessment, and language policy and quality assurance

  • the Employment of Educators Act (1998), which regulates the conditions of service, discipline, retirement and discharge of educators, and everything relating to educators employed by the state in further education and training institutions and public adult centres.

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