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Independent schools welcome simplified student visa processing

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has welcomed the announcement of a new industry-wide simplified international student visa framework (SSVF). The new framework was announced yesterday by the Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash. “We look forward […]

School Spending is an Investment in Future Prosperity

Whilst acknowledging the tight budgetary pressures on this week’s Federal Budget, the Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) argues that school funding should be seen as an incontestable investment in the future of our nation. According to ISCA Executive Director, Dr Yvonne Luxford, “Budgetary Forward Estimates relying on the basic Consumer Price Index (CPI) post […]

Indigenous Boarding Schools Grateful for Additional Support

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has welcomed today’s announcement by Education and Training Minister Christopher Pyne that the Australian Government will provide an additional $5.4 million dollars this year and additional funds in 2016 to support the education of remote Indigenous students attending non-government boarding schools. ISCA Executive Director, Dr Yvonne Luxford, said […]

Quality education depends on quality teachers

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has today welcomed the release of the report of the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG) into teacher education in Australia, and the Australian Government’s response to the report. According to ISCA Executive Director, Mr Bill Daniels, “High quality teaching is an essential part of ensuring quality educational […]

Student with disability funding in Independent schools a “loading” in name only

The Executive Director of the Independent Schools Council of Australia, Mr Bill Daniels, has stated that the article in The Australian today cites funding data for Independent schools out of context and in a grossly inaccurate and misleading way. “Claiming that some Independent schools are receiving additional funding from government of up to $43,036 per […]

ISCA Media Statement – Curriculum Certainty Important for Independent Schools

The completion of the Review of the Australian Curriculum is welcomed by the Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA), which now looks forward to working with the Australian Government and national education authorities to determine which of these recommendations will be implemented and how this will occur. The Australian Curriculum needs to be practical and […]

ISCA Media Release – NCOA attempts to re-define schooling responsibility

The National Commission of Audit (NCOA) recommendation to hand total responsibility for all school funding management to state and territory governments would be a retrograde step, according to Independent Schools Council of Australia Executive Director, Mr Bill Daniels. “Independent school funding is a complex mix of responsibilities between the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments and […]

ISCA Media Release – One national model for school funding unachievable

The previous Labor Government’s idea to design a common national funding model for all schools was a commendable but unachievable vision, according to Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) Executive Director, Mr Bill Daniels. Mr Daniels was giving evidence to the Senate Select Committee on School Funding in Sydney today. “We have been left with […]

ISCA Media Release – Independent schools welcome funding announcements

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) welcomes the joint announcement today by the Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP and the Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP on school funding. ISCA Executive Director, Mr Bill Daniels, said the funding announced for state and territory Associations of Independent Schools (AISs) confirms the […]

ISCA Media Release – Independent Schools Support Funding Model Improvements

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has welcomed statements from Education Minister, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, that he will review the former Government’s new school funding model in 2014. ISCA Executive Director, Mr Bill Daniels, agrees that the new “Better Schools” funding model that is due to commence in January 2014 is facing […]

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