The Government has announced that it is no longer business as usual for our schools, as we adapt to the impact of COVID-19. We are now in a transition phase until the end of term as schools prepare for a new mode of operation following the school holidays. For principals, teachers and support staff, the next few months will bring incredible challenges for our education system, and schools will time to engage in the professional preparation and planning that is required to ensure that every child has access to education during this difficult time in a sustainable and effective manner for the rest of the 2020 school year. Read more
16 March 2016. The Australian Government has announced new measures in response to the COVID-19 virus. This includes the requirement that all individuals arriving in Australia from an international destination must self-isolate for 14 days. This is in addition to social distancing measures which prevent non-essential static gatherings of 500 people or more. The Australian Government announcement does not prevent the operation of essential functions such as schools, universities, other education provision and workplaces at this time.
For regularly updated advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) issues related to education matters, the following Australian Government website pages provide a comprehensive range of up-to-date information, factsheets and advice:
Department of Education, Skills and Employment: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Department of Health: Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert
Department of Home Affairs: COVID-19 (Novel coronavirus) and Australian visas
In addition to Australian Government advice, individual State and Territory health and education authorities also provide their own advice which may vary from the Australian Government advice.
Independent schools are responsible for their own risk assessment and management and can seek further information from the individual State and Territory Associations of Independent Schools.
ISCA has released an update on the DMI methodology, its impacts at the school and sector levels, how parental data is collected, phase-in arrangements, the Choice and Affordability Fund, and on-going concerns to the Independent sector. Read more
Parents continue to show a high degree of confidence in Independent schools, with the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing the Independent school sector recording its strongest growth in more than 10 years. Read more