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2017

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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