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How we operate

Our State budget 2017-2018 securing our future

In 2017–18, $5 billion will be spent on education, an increase of $142 million or 2.9% from 2016–17. This compares to a 1.7% increase last year.

Find out more on the WA State Budget 2017-18 website.

Policy and governance

Policies and guidelines

All policies are available online on our policies site which also contains strategic documents, guidelines and links to relevant legislation.


Our relevant legislation is the Public Sector Management Act 1994 in which the Department of Education is established under section 35; and the School Education Act 1999 (except Part 4 and other provisions which apply to non-government schools).

Accountable authority

Our accountable authority is Ms Jennifer McGrath, Acting Director General, Department of Education.