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ISCA Congratulates New Ministers

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has welcomed the appointments of Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham as Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP as Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck as Minister for Tourism and International Education. ISCA Acting Executive Director, Colette Colman said […]

ISCA Board Communique

The Chair of the Independent Schools Council of Australia, Mr Warwick Dean, is pleased to announce that the ISCA Board has appointed Ms Colette Colman as the Acting Executive Director of ISCA. Mr Barry Wallett will continue in his role as the Deputy Executive Director. Mr Dean said “I am excited by, and look forward, […]

Report on School Funding Misleading

A recently released report by Chris Bonnor and Bernie Shepherd on school funding (Private school, public cost – How school funding is closing the wrong gaps), attempts to predict the impact of projected school funding increases, yet is based on a number of misleading assumptions and fails to adequately contextualise many of the authors’ calculations. […]

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 […]

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