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Independent schools support the passage of funding reforms

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) is today urging cross bench senators to pass the school funding reforms contained in the Australian Government’s Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017. ISCA Executive Director Colette Colman said that, “The Commonwealth’s proposed funding reforms are an opportunity to take an important next-step towards a genuine needs-based sector-blind funding model that treats schools equitably across all sectors.”

Independent schools welcome copyright reform

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has welcomed the passing of the Copyright Amendment (Disability and Other Measures) Bill 2016 and the reforms it will deliver.

Consistency and equity comes at a cost

The Independent Schools Council of Australia believes that Australian government funding for all non-government schools should be allocated on the same basis. Consistency and equity comes at a cost. As long as that cost is shared by all who need to make adjustments and the benefits flow according to educational need, then this is a goal worth pursuing.

Independent Schools Welcome New Board Chair

The Board of the Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Steven Bowers as its new Chair. Mr Bowers is Principal of Burgmann Anglican School in Canberra. He takes on the role as ISCA Chair following five years of service as an ISCA Board Member.

Snapshot 2017: Independent Schooling in Australia

Snapshot 2017 is ISCA’s latest release of its annual publication of key facts and statistics about the Independent school sector, compiled through rigorous analysis of a range of Government data sources. It is widely utilised across all school sectors, Government departments, educational organisations and media.

Funding announcement for Independent schools a positive step

The Independent schools Council of Australia (ISCA) today welcomed the Government’s announcement of increased funding for non-government schools over a 10 year period.

Getting to the real story on school funding takes hard work

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has today responded to a Fairfax business opinion piece “The upside-down funding debate is hurting students”, with ISCA Executive Director Colette Colman saying that, “Understanding the real story on school funding requires hard work. It is unfortunate that Fairfax have not put that work in.”

Independent schools funded at half the rate of government schools

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has responded to recent analysis regarding the growth of Independent school funding. The latest government figures show that on average government schools are publicly funded at around twice the amount of Independent schools.

Independent Schools write to members of parliament over funding concerns

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has written a letter to all members of the Australian Parliament to express concerns about the prospect of sudden and untimely changes to Australian Government funding arrangements for schools.

Independent, Catholic Schools Back Copyright Reform

The peak bodies representing more than 2,700 Catholic and Independent schools have welcomed the Turnbull Government’s plan to update copyright laws to better reflect contemporary practice, but have expressed disappointment that Australian schools will continue to be exposed to possible dangers because the Government has abandoned proposed changes to “safe harbour” provisions.

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