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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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Outdated copyright rules costing our education system dearly

While our schools attempt to equip students with the skills of the future, Australia’s copyright laws are stuck in the past. Designed to address the challenges of photocopying in schools, they bear little relevance to education in the internet age.

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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