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2018

22/11/2018 – Selective ABC analysis only highlights complexity of school funding

The ABC’s recent analysis of school funding fails to understand the complexities of how schools are funded across sectors, both at Commonwealth and State level, and the unique characteristics of schools that contributes to their funding.

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20/09/2018 – Independent Schools Welcome Clarification of Future Funding Arrangements

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) congratulates the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, and the Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, for moving quickly to clarify future funding arrangements for Independent schools.

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27/08/2018 – ISCA Congratulates New Minister for Education

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has congratulated the Hon Dan Tehan MP on his appointment as Minister for Education.

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20/08/2018 – Independent School Sector Gathers for Education Forum

The 2018 ISCA & AHISA National Education Forum was held in Canberra today, bringing together representatives from the Independent school sector, including principals, members of governing bodies, business managers and sector representatives from other national and state-based organisations.

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06/07/2018 – Further work required to determine feasibility of SES changes

The Independent Schools Council of Australia has stressed that the recommendations of the National School Resourcing Board Report on its Review of the SES will require rigorous trialling and validation before it can be implemented.

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27/06/2018 – Independent Schools Welcome Passing of Copyright Amendment Bill

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) commends the Turnbull Government for today passing the Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Bill 2017.

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21/06/2018 – Independent schools respond to SES review speculation

Despite the fact that the National School Resourcing Board Report on its Review of the SES is yet to be finalised, there has been significant media speculation regarding the Board’s recommendations. Media reports today suggest the Board will be recommending the Government move to using parents’ personal income tax data for determining Australian Government funding for Independent and Catholic schools.

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19/06/2018 – Low and middle-income families choose Independent schools

ISCA analysis of the 2016 Census of Population and Housing shows a continuing trend of strong Independent school sector growth for medium-income families, demonstrating that both Independent and Catholic schools are now predominantly attended by middle-income families.

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29/05/2018 – Independent schools express concerns about SES review

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has expressed serious concern about recent media reports that prematurely speculate about the potential recommendations of the Review of the socio-economic status (SES) score methodology being undertaken by the National Schools Resourcing Board (NSRB).

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21/05/2018 – Independent and Catholic schools both serve predominantly middle-income families

The non-government sector’s Independent and Catholic schools are becoming demographically more similar in the type of communities they serve, according to analysis of 2016 census data undertaken by the Independent Schools Council of Australia.

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08/5/2018 – Chaplaincy Program Extension Welcomed

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s commitment to renew the National School Chaplaincy Program for another four years.

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30/4/2018 – Independent schools welcome latest Gonski report

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) today welcomed the release of Through Growth to Achievement, the report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools led by Mr David Gonski AC.

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13/4/2018 – Transition support funding is well established, hardly a secret

Reports in today’s media of secretive funding for Independent schools are false. Australian Governments on both sides of politics have always provided support for schools to adjust to changed funding arrangements when those changes involve funding reductions.

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16/2/2018 – Research Funding for School Improvement Welcomed

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) today commended the Australian Labor Party and its Shadow Minister for Education and Training, the Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP, for the commitment to establish an Evidence Institute for Schools.

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12/2/2018 – Indigenous boarding schools under threat unless ABSTUDY issues urgently addressed

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) is warning that there may not be any large-scale Independent boarding schools for Indigenous secondary students remaining unless changes are urgently made to the structure and level of ABSTUDY funding.

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16/1/2018 – Independent schools challenge misleading fee portrayal

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) cautions parents about glossy marketing campaigns for education focused financial products that misrepresent the cost of Independent school fees.

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2017

07/12/2017 – Independent schools funded according to need

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) today responded to the Auditor-General ANAO report Monitoring the Impact of Australian Government School Funding, which makes it clear that Independent schools are meeting the Government’s needs-based funding requirements.

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06/12/2017 – Independent schools welcome moves to extend copyright reforms

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has today welcomed the introduction of the Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Bill 2017 which will extend safe harbour provisions in the Copyright Act to schools.

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14/11/2017 – Facts not perceptions should drive school funding decisions

Media reports state that some Catholic school systems are claiming new Australian Government funding arrangements create “distortions” for Catholic school funding in terms of how parents’ capacity to pay fees is assessed. Undermining the Catholic system argument, the new funding arrangements utilise a measure of parental capacity to pay, the “SES methodology” which has been in place for both Independent schools and Catholic schools since 2005, or in other words, for 12 years.

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01/11/2017 -ISCA welcomes announcement of National School Resourcing Board

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) welcomed the announcement today of the membership of the National School Resourcing Board. The Board represents an important new development in school education in Australia.

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04/10/2017 – ISCA congratulates new AHISA National Chair, Dr Mark Merry

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) congratulates Dr Mark Merry, Principal of Yarra Valley Grammar School in Victoria, on his appointment as the new National Chair of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA).

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27/07/2017 – Schools should not be singled out for political point scoring

The Independent school sector is increasingly concerned at a growing trend in the public discourse around school funding that focuses on the Independent sector, and more particularly on individual Independent schools, for inappropriate political point scoring.

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23/06/2017 – Independent schools welcome passage of funding reforms

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has welcomed the successful passage through the Parliament of the Australian Government’s Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017. ISCA Executive Director Colette Colman said that, “The legislation represents a move towards fairer and more consistent Australian Government school funding. ISCA strongly supports a sector blind, needs-based funding model, consistently applied across the non-government school sector.”

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22/06/2017 – Independent schools support the passage of funding reforms

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) is today urging cross bench senators to pass the school funding reforms contained in the Australian Government’s Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017. ISCA Executive Director Colette Colman said that, “The Commonwealth’s proposed funding reforms are an opportunity to take an important next-step towards a genuine needs-based sector-blind funding model that treats schools equitably across all sectors.”

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16/06/2017 – Media Release – Independent schools welcome copyright reform

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has welcomed the passing of the Copyright Amendment (Disability and Other Measures) Bill 2016 and the reforms it will deliver.

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26/05/2017 – Media Release – Independent schools acknowledge equity comes at a cost

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) have today released a media statement to complement their submission to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee – Inquiry into the Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017. Both the submission and the media statement support ISCA’s belief that Australian Government funding for all non-government schools should be allocated on a consistent basis.

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26/05/2017 – Media Statement- Consistency and equity comes at a cost

The Independent Schools Council of Australia believes that Australian government funding for all non-government schools should be allocated on the same basis.

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17/05/2017 – Independent Schools Welcome New Board Chair

The Board of the Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Steven Bowers as its new Chair. Mr Bowers is Principal of Burgmann Anglican School in Canberra. He takes on the role as ISCA Chair following five years of service as an ISCA Board Member.

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02/05/2017 – Funding announcement for Independent schools a positive step

The Independent schools Council of Australia (ISCA) today welcomed the Government’s announcement of increased funding for non-government schools over a 10 year period.

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24/04/2017 – Getting to the real story on school funding takes hard work

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has today responded to a Fairfax business opinion piece “The upside-down funding debate is hurting students”, with ISCA Executive Director Colette Colman saying that, “Understanding the real story on school funding requires hard work. It is unfortunate that Fairfax have not put that work in.”

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05/04/2017 – Independent schools funded at half the rate of government schools

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has responded to recent analysis regarding the growth of Independent school funding. The latest government figures show that on average government schools are publicly funded at around twice the amount of Independent schools.

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30/03/2017 – Independent Schools write to members of parliament over funding concerns

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has written a letter to all members of the Australian Parliament to express concerns about the prospect of sudden and untimely changes to Australian Government funding arrangements for schools.

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25/03/2017 – Independent, Catholic Schools Back Copyright Reform

The peak bodies representing more than 2,700 Catholic and Independent schools have welcomed the Turnbull Government’s plan to update copyright laws to better reflect contemporary practice, but have expressed disappointment that Australian schools will continue to be exposed to possible dangers because the Government has abandoned proposed changes to “safe harbour” provisions.

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10 Feb 2017 – Time is Running Out for School Funding Certainty

With the 2017 school year already well underway, the Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) is increasingly alarmed that the Government has yet to provide any clarity on school funding arrangements for 2018.

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03/02/2017 – Independent school sector continues to grow

With the largest growth in school numbers of any school sector, the Independent Schools Council of Australia said today that new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics confirm the continued strong contribution of the Independent school sector.

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17/01/2017 – Independent schools challenge inaccurate fee portrayal

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) cautions parents about glossy marketing campaigns for education focused financial products that misrepresent the cost of Independent school fees. While ISCA supports using sensible strategies to help provide for their children’s schooling, parents should note that school fee estimates quoted in the marketing material of these products do not reflect the majority of Independent schools.

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2016

28/11/2016 – Devil is in the detail of school funding arrangements

27/09/2016 – Divisive commentary on school funding unhelpful

23/09/2016 – Independent school sector stresses need for stable and predictable funding

06/09/2016 – Independent sector stresses need for accurate analysis of school funding

25/07/2016 – ISCA congratulates shadow ministerial team

18/07/2016 – ISCA Congratulates New Ministers

11/07/2016 – ISCA congratulates Coalition Government on election win

29/06/2016 – Certainty of funding a critical issue for Independent schools as election nears

01/05/2016 – Commonwealth Commitment to Real Funding Growth Welcomed

31/03/2016 – Independent schools value direct Commonwealth funding relationship

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

10/03/2016 – ISCA Welcomes Announcement of Dr Michele Bruniges AM as Secretary of the Department of Education and Training

12/02/2016 – Independent Schools Working to Close the Gap on Education

28/01/2016 – Labor’s Commitment to School Funding Certainty Welcome

15/01/2016 – Independent Schools Welcome Focus on Government Funding for Students with Disability

14/01/2016 – Independent schools have a much greater diversity of fees than often portrayed

 

2015

30/11/2015 – ALL Education Should be Considered a Public Good

20/09/2015 – ISCA Congratulates New Ministers

20/07/2015 – Report on School Funding Misleading

17/06/2015 – Independent schools welcome simplified student visa processing

11/05/2015 – School Spending is an Investment in Future Prosperity

29/04/2015 – Indigenous Boarding Schools Grateful for Additional Support

13/02/2015 – Quality education depends on quality teaching

05/02/2015 – Student with disability funding for Independent schools a “loading” in name only

 

2014

13/10/2014  – Curriculum certainty important for Independent schools

01/05/2014 – NCOA attempts to re-define schooling responsibility

13/03/2014 – One national model for school funding unachievable

ISCA’s Opening Statement from the Senate Select Committee on School Funding is also available.

 

2013

02/12/2013 – Independent schools welcome funding announcements

25/11/2013 – Independent schools support funding model improvements

17/09/2013 – ISCA Congratulates New Ministers

20/08/2013 – Funding Stability Important for Schools

14/08/2013 – Joint Media Statement – International education needs a champion

10/07/2013 – Independent School Council welcomes agreement on Better Schools

14/04/2013 – School Funding Model Clarification Welcomed

 

2012

28/11/2012 – Australian Education Bill 2012

03/09/2012 – Independent Sector will Partner with Government to Improve School Outcomes

20/08/2012 – Government Commits to Increased Independent School Funding

20/08/2012 – Independent Schools Forum Looks to the Future

20/06/2012 – Government Commitment to Chaplains and Welfare Workers

06/06/2012 – Charity Commissioner Nomination Welcomed

25/05/2012 – New Chaplains and Welfare Workers Welcomed

13/04/2012 – Money Starts to Flow for Students with Disabilities

28/02/2012 – Gonski Recommendations Deserve Futher Consideration

20/02/2012 – Funding Uncertainty Continues for Independent Schools

08/02/2012 – ISCA Supports Coalition’s Ten Principles for School Funding

 

2011

07/09/2011 – Chaplaincy Program Extension Welcomed

05/09/2011 – Indexation Core to Any Funding Arrangements

30/05/2011 – Independent Schools Welcome Clarification

03/05/2011 – A Positive Step for Students with Disabilities

01/04/2011 – Parental Choice for Education a Must

21/03/2011 – Independent Schools Welcome Funding Certainty

04/03/2011 – Data Release Debunks Funding Myths

24/02/2011 – Funding for Non-Government Schools Assured

 

2010

17/12/2010 – Independent Schools Make Good Use of BER Funds

16/12/2010 – ISCA Welcomes Issues Paper Release

16/12/2010 – Review of Student Visa Program Welcomed

02/12/2010 – ISCA Welcomes the Delay of My School 2.0

26/11/2010 – Funding Increase Recognises Increasing Costs

27/08/2010 – Independent Education: An Evolving Future

19/08/2010 – Greens “Hit List” Schools Funding Policy Fails Education Outcomes

09/08/2010 – Changes to Indigenous Funding Support Corrects Long Standing Inequity

06/08/2010 – Greens Need to Clarify Non-Government Schools Funding Policy

05/08/2010 – Clock is Ticking for Funding Misinformation

04/08/2010 – Indexation Fundamental to Independent Schools Funding

30/07/2010 – Independent Sector Welcomes Coalition’s Students with Disabilities Policy

21/07/2010 – School Cost Tax Rebate Policy Welcome

28/06/2010 – ISCA Congratulates Crean as Minister for Education

20/05/2010 – ISCA Strongly Supports BER

06/05/2010 – ANAO’s Simplistic Analysis of BER Enrolment Data

29/04/2010 – NSW Greens’ Analysis Misleads Funding Arrangements for Students with Disability

15/04/2010 – Details of Funding Review Welcomed

16/02/2010 – AISNSW, AISSA and ISQ Commissioned Research

28/01/2010 – Parents Want Choice in Schooling

18/01/2010 – Misleading Report Offers Little to Policy Debate

06/01/2010 – Independent School Fees

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