2016 ISCA & AHISA National Education Forum


The ISCA – AHISA Joint National Education Forum, Independent Education: Leading Future Learning was held in Canberra on Tuesday 15 March 2016.

It brought together over 300 representatives from the Independent school sector, including principals, members of governing bodies, business managers and sector representatives from other national and state based organisations.

The Forum was addressed by the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham; the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Bill Shorten MP with Shadow Minister for Education, the Hon Kate Ellis MP; Greens Senator Nick McKim.

Guests speakers included Professor Ian Chubb, Australia’s former Chief Scientist; Professor John Hattie, Director of the Melbourne Educational Research Institute; and Chris Richardson of Deloitte Access Economics.

It also featured a panel discussion around questions of what constitutes a ‘quality education’ for Australia’s young people today and into the future. The panel was made up of Mr Dom Thurbon, Ms Danielle Toon, Dr Jennifer Buckingham, Dr Peter Goss.




ISCA/AHISA National Forum Speeches and Presentations

The following speeches and presentations are available to read in PDF format. More presentations will be added as they become available. Please note that some presentations are quite large and may take a little time to load.

Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training

The Hon Bill Shorten MP, the Leader of the Opposition

Professor Ian Chubb, former Chief Scientist for Australia

Mr Warwick Dean, ISCA Chair. Opening Address

Colette Colman, Executive Director, ISCA (Note: This slide presentation has been slightly revised to include the release of the latest ABS data for 2015)

Media Releases

15/03/2016 Independent Schools Look To the Future – 2016 ISCA & AHISA National Education Forum (ISCA Media Release)

15/03/2016 – School autonomy underwrites innovation (AHISA Media Release)

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