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On 1 January 2015 the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) (VA 4840) was renamed the Department of Education and Training (DET) (VA 5035) by Order of the Governor-in-Council under section 10 of the Public Administration Act 2004 (Victorian Government Gazette, S 432, 4 Dec 2014). The name change was part of machinery-of-government changes made by the newly elected Labor Government under the leadership of Premier the Hon Daniel Andrews MP, which reduced the number of existing State departments from nine to seven.
Responsibility for Acts was transferred to the new department from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development under Adminstrative Arrangements Order No. 219 (Victorian Government Gazette, S 460, 24 December 2014).
The Department reported to the Minister for Education, Minister for Training and Skills, and Minister for Families and Children. Its primary functions were the provision of primary and secondary education through Government schools, the planning and management of Government Education programs, the regulation of non-Government schools and registration of new schools, and regulation of standards relating to teachers.
The DET had nine authorities under its three portfolios: Adult Migrant English Service; Centre for Adult Education; Children's Services Coordination Board; Disciplinary Appeals Boards; Merit Protection Boards; Victorian Children's Council; Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority; Victorian Institute of Teaching; and Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority.
DET had six central groups, comprising: Early Childhood and School Education Group; Higher Education and Skills Group; Infrastructure and Finance Services Group; People and Executive Services Group; Regional Services Group; and Strategy and Review Group.
DET had four regions (with nine regional offices), comprising: North Eastern Victoria (Benalla and Glen Waverley), North Western Victoria (Bendigo and Coburg), South Eastern Victoria (Dandenong and Moe), and South Western Victoria (Ballarat, Footscray and Geelong).