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Discriminating when employing

It is quite possible that the issue of exemptions for employing Christian teachers is re-raising its head in Victoria. The Law Institute of Victoria is calling on the major Victorian political parties to review the religious exemptions to the Equal Opportunities Act. The Institute is calling for a re-instatement of the “inherent requirement of the role” test which would considerably restrict Christian organisations employing staff not sharing their statement of faith. In 2011 the Baillieu Government removed the “inherent requirements” test from the 2010 legislation before the test was due to commence. AACS is taking this issue up with both parties.

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The new funding model

Viewpoints in the ‘Independent’ sector are quite mixed. The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA), the body representing the interests of the independent sector at the federal level, has released media statements and a submission stating …

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School Improvement Plans

The Rudd Government legislation tied funding to a National Plan for School Improvement (NPSI) with each school being required to implement a School Improvement Plan (SIP). The new government has…

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Students With a Disability Funding: confusion

A number of factors have caused some confusion about Student With a Disability funding. AACS sort from the Department and the following wording was sent.

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Reducing regulatory burdens in the Australian Education Act 2013

Minister Pyne has invited AACS to submit suggestions that remove the ‘command and control’ features that were a part of the last government’s key education legislation. Pyne states, “that the Act and Regulation, as introduced in 2013, have features that…

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National Policy Forum

Each year the wider Christian schools sector comes together in Canberra to discuss key public policy issues and meet with Federal MPs and Senators at the Christian Schools National Policy Forum and Dinner. This conference also …

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Privacy Policy changes

Everyone would be aware that the new Privacy Amendment Act came into force on the 12th of March 2014. The Privacy Amendment Act includes a set of new, harmonised, privacy principles that will regulate the handling of…

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Policy support

99% of leaders eyes glaze over when the topic of ‘policies’ crops up. Getting policies up to date tends to be the last job on a Principal’s hit list. Sometimes Principals will look for that rare other leader who doesn’t…

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Australian Curriculum submission

A summary of the basic positions that AACS adopted in its Australian Curriculum Review submission is attached as a separate paper. This might be a helpful paper for all curriculum leaders to read. Click here for the the Australian Curriculum Review Position Paper

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Controversy over Judeo-Christian influence

When Christopher Pyne made comments earlier in the year about the lack of balance in the History Curriculum and how Judeo-Christian values and aspects of the Western heritage had been ignored, it set off quite a media debate. In our submission to the Review of the Australian Curriculum which Pyne had instigated, AACS expressed …

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Well-being research project

Well known Principal of Wycliffe Christian School in the Blue Mountains, Geoff Bowser is inviting participation in a brief online survey. Geoff is researching factors in school teacher and school leader well-being, particularly relating to…

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Moral outrage coming from an unusual corner

This isn’t a normal AACS matter but I was very taken with a story in the Canberra Times on March 18th, which was also reported on nation-wide. Frequently I’m engaged in discussions with my three tertiary student children around issues of social justice and what is alleged to be the lack of moral outrage and action by…

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