A former body comprising state, territory, Commonwealth and New Zealand Ministers with responsibility for the portfolios of education, employment, training and youth affairs, with Papua New Guinea and Norfolk Island having observer status. Its areas of responsibility included all sectors of education, training, employment and youth affairs.
MCEETYA was formed in June 1993 when the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) amalgamated the following three councils:
- Australian Education Council (AEC)
- Council of Ministers of Vocational Education, Employment and Training (MOVEET)
- Youth Ministers Council (YMC)
On 1 July 2009, MCEETYA was replaced by the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA).