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Announcement from the AACS Council

It is with great pleasure that the AACS Council announces the appointment of Mr Martin Hanscamp, previously Principal of Mt Evelyn Christian School in Victoria, as the new Executive Officer of AACS, commencing on 3 February, 2014. You will have been aware that our present Executive Officer, Bob Johnston, had indicated his intention to retire from the position about this time. Bob will be continuing his involvement in Christian education on a part-time basis doing consultancies, training, professional development and writing projects for CEN and as a freelance consultant. Martin Hanscamp began his teaching career as a Social Science teacher and moved into Christian school leadership at Mt Evelyn about 11 years ago. As a part of his year off on long service leave in 2013, Martin wanted to use the time to reflect on where God might want him to serve for the next stage of his career. The...

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From the Executive Officer

IS GONSKI GONESKI? I’m guessing that everyone who reads this newsletter will be somewhat rattled by Minister Pyne’s comments over the last few days about the future of the Better Schools funding model enshrined in the Australian Education Act of the previous government. Given the Coalition’s policy position that they took to the recent election, I, along with the overwhelming majority of political observers, have been very surprised by such an early, dramatic and confusing set of media statements. To say the least, we are disappointed and disturbed by the timing, the manner, the content and the lack of consultation associated with these comments. What are the immediate implications? NONE! Schools will be receiving their Provisional Entitlement Notices (PENs) about now which will reflect the commitment of the commonwealth government to all the elements of the Better Schools funding package from early January, 2014. So, funding for 2014 is…

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Vigilance with your PEN’s

Your Provisional Entitlement Notices are imminent and will give you the basis for determining exactly what funding you can expect from the Commonwealth Government 2014. It will be followed in early January with your first instalment of…

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New name for DEEWR

A new Government often comes with a change in departmental structure. This time it is the turn of school education to get a new ‘shingle’. From now on you will not hear …

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Farewells and Christmas greetings

It is common at this time of the year for a number of Principals to be moving on, moving out or simply changing schools. There are a number of Principals with whom we have enjoyed fellowship over the years who will no longer be in the AACS network from the start of 2014. They include…

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Coalition “scraps the cap” on self-education

The Federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey has confirmed the coalition’s election promise to “Scrap the Cap” on self-education expenses that had been introduced by the previous Labor Government. The Education Minister, Christopher Pyne said “With the vast bulk of claims for self-education expenses coming from those earning less than $80,000, this was a cap on those on the…

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Government boosts support for students with disabilities

The Federal Government has recently announced a significant increase in Government funding to support the provision of services for students with disabilities in 2 states, Victoria and Queensland. A total of $105 million has been allocated over the forward estimates to cover this committment. Independant and Catholic schools will also receive a boost of $22.7 million towards the same supports in their respective sectors.

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Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)

For charities with a 1 July to 30 June financial reporting period, the due date for submission of the 2013 Annual Information Statement has been extended to 31 March 2014. This approach takes into account that this is the first time many…

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Additional Resources

Here are some additional resources that you might find helpful.

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