• ISCA becomes Independent Schools Australia (ISA)

    As of 1 July 2020 the Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) will be changing its name to Independent Schools Australia (ISA). Read more
  • Trends in Key Economic Parameters 2020 Update

    An ISCA Research Report examining trends in key economic parameters using ABS price index data, school-based ABS data and ACARA data to provide a picture of the economic environment in Australia as it relates to schooling. The research report has been updated to reflect all current releases of the various economic parameters, as well as introducing new metrics: Consumer Confidence Index (1980-May 2020) from OECD and unemployment/underemployment rates (1980-May 2020) from ABS’s Labour Force Australia publication. Read more
  • Australian Health Protection Principal Committee advice on reducing the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools

    The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) has released its latest health advice in relation to reducing the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools. This practical guidance and advice has been prepared for school leaders engaging with children, parents, teachers and support staff to reduce even further the relatively low risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission in schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
  • Statement on Schools by the National Cabinet – 27 March 2020

    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
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice

    16 March 2020. 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.
  • ABSTUDY travel for boarding students due to COVID-19

    The Department of Social Services has prepared this advice on ABSTUDY student travel, in the context of the current challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. it has been circulated to all boarding providers with ABSTUDY students. The key points are as follows: Read more
  • Independent Update – Direct Measure of Income Methodology

    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