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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.

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:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice

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.

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.

Independent schools are Australia’s fastest growing school sector

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.

Direct Measure of Income (DMI) Methodology factsheets now available

From 2020 the Australian Government is phasing in a new methodology for determining a school community’s capacity to contribute to the costs of schooling which will impact on the amount of funding non-government schools receive. Called the Direct Measure of Income (DMI), this new methodology represents a major change to the needs-based school funding model.

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment has now provided schools with their individual DMI scores, they have also published a set of factsheets about the DMI methodology and its implications for schools. These can be found on the Department’s website:

What is the Direct Measure of Income?

What is the methodology for the Direct Measure of Income (DMI)?

What is the capacity to contribute appeals process?

What is the Choice and Affordability Fund?

Choice and Affordability Fund Guidelines

 

Privacy Compliance Manual updated to November 2019

The Privacy Compliance Manual (updated to November 2019) supersedes the Privacy Compliance Manual which was first published in 2001 and updated in 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. It contains some substantial changes which were required by the introduction of the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012 (Cth) and the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017 (Cth).

Trends in Key Economic Parameters: An Economic Context for Independent Schools in Australia (MID-YEAR UPDATE)

A 2019 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. Now updated to mid year 2019 figures.

Parental confidence in Independent schools continues to grow

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 10 years.

Independent Schools Welcome Clarification of Future Funding Arrangements

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) congratulates the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, and the Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, for moving quickly to clarify future funding arrangements for Independent schools. The Government today announced the phased introduction of a new model for calculating government funding for non-government schools which creates the foundation for a fair and reasonable resolution of the current funding issues.

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