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From the Executive Officer

This is the last AACS eNews before the 2013 Federal Election and so it is time for some final encouragements to take the election seriously. With electioneering swirling around us, it is very easy to be frustrated into disinterest, confusion, irritation or just a general malaise of disillusionment with the rhetoric, spin and dogged party slogans. Yet this is the one single mechanism through which we either get what we deserve or, sometimes, what we don’t deserve. The machinery of politics and government is enormously powerful and influential in not only reflecting what is happening in society, but shaping it and embedding it in laws, regulations, community standards and institutional norms. Politics is about groups of people organizing themselves into clusters of influence that are defined by broad agreements around beliefs, values, attitudes and commitments. These are, in turn, driven by experiences and motives that have shaped a desire to be a part of a cluster of influence...

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Differentiating the Two Major Parties

As was on display in the recent passage to the signing of the Funding Agreement between the Federal Government and the Victorian Government, these issues of Ministerial powers and excessive red tape are still writ large for several jurisdictions. They remain very sensitive matters for the WA, Qld and NT Governments in their ongoing dialogue with their Federal counterparts regarding the terms of the Australian Education Act 2013. As I have previously indicated, there are certainly good grounds for non-government schools to be concerned about …

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AACS and the Australian Greens

While the Australian Greens have given their support to the Better Schools Funding Package, other aspects of their policy platform and their recent attempt to introduce an amendment to make government funding unavailable to any school that relies on exceptions and exemptions under the Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act would suggest…

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Position Vacant – Executive Officer AACS

As indicated at the AACS AGM in Canberra this year, Bob Johnston advised that he has been weighing up this year the prospect of making way for a new and younger person to take over the position in which he has been serving these past nine years (almost). He has been in discussion with the AACS Council about this matter for some months. At its last meeting, the Council agreed…

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Funding Update

By now, all schools should have received from their relevant State/Territory AISes a provisional modelling sheet showing calculations of your proposed 2014 funding. I say ‘provisional’ because DEEWR has advised, as recently as last Tuesday, that…

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What to Expect in January 2014

To re-iterate previous advice, the 2014 government funding that schools should expect will be either: 1. Your school’s total State + Federal + Targeted Program + National Partnership funding PLUS 3% OR…

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New Draft Health and Physical Education Curriculum

Most schools will be aware by now that July saw the public release of the Draft HPE curriculum on the ACARA website. The initial exposure of the Scoping Paper earlier in the year certainly put a number of our member schools on alert that this…

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AACS Policy Service

Several years ago now, the COAG (Council of Australian Governments – Prime Minister and Premiers/Chief Ministers) acknowledged that, in many areas of law and regulation, Australia had 9 separate conflicting/overlapping instruments that were simply confusing and at times costly. A commitment was made to begin a process of ‘harmonizing’ as many areas of law as possible. That process has been unfolding in numerous areas over recent years and, in some matters, is…

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Other Positions Becoming Vacant

This is the season when senior leadership positions in Christian schools tend to become vacant and notice is given to attract the attention of potential applicants. We have been advised of…

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Additional Resources

Here are some additional resources that you might find helpful.

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