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Devil is in the detail of school funding arrangements

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) today responded to the Grattan Institute’s report Circuit breaker: A new compact on school funding by acknowledging the temptation to propose seemingly quick and easy solutions to school funding issues, however the reality is that the complexity of the current school funding arrangements makes this impossible. ISCA Executive […]

Independent school funding in similar overall position to other sectors

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has generated the following modelling to show the Independent sector as a percentage of their full SRS entitlement, if the same methodology was applied to the Independent sector as has been applied to Catholic and Government systems in recent analysis. The figures show the funding status of the […]

Divisive commentary on school funding unhelpful

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) today expressed disappointment at divisive and unhelpful media coverage in the wake of comments made on the Q&A program last night. ISCA Executive Director Colette Colman said that, “School funding arrangements in Australia are extremely complex and the details are not widely understood. Independent schools are an easy […]

Independent school sector stresses need for stable and predictable funding

Following the COAG Education Council meeting in Adelaide today, the Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) stressed the critical nature of certainty of funding for all Independent schools. ISCA Executive Director Colette Colman said that, “As school funding is debated by government, and in the public arena, it is important to note that stable and […]

Independent sector stresses need for accurate analysis of school funding

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has today stressed the importance of informed and accurate analysis of the issues surrounding school funding. Recent analysis of school funding trends ignores the different roles played by the Commonwealth Government and state and territory governments in funding school education, and this difference is critical to understanding how […]

ISCA congratulates shadow ministerial team

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) congratulates the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP on her appointment as the new Shadow Minister for Education. ISCA Executive Director, Colette Colman said, “We look forward to working with Ms Plibersek, who brings to the role considerable social policy experience from her previous Ministerial positions in health, human services […]

ISCA Congratulates Ministers

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has welcomed the reappointment of Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham as Minister for Education and Training, as well as the appointment of the Hon Karen Andrews MP as Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills. ISCA Executive Director, Colette Colman said that she looked forward to continuing the […]

ISCA congratulates Coalition Government on election win

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) congratulates the Turnbull Government on being returned to office. ISCA’s Executive Director, Colette Colman, today said that, “The Independent school sector highly values its collaborative working relationship with the Commonwealth Government. It is clear from the election that education policy continues to be an important issue for a […]

Busting a popular myth on school funding

During this election campaign, education funding has been an important focus for the major political parties. All too often, some sectors of our community question the reasons why apparently wealthy and well-resourced Independent schools continue to receive public funds. Conveniently, a very small number of Independent schools are highlighted in these references, and even more […]

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