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High Court Challenge to School Chaplaincy

As this newsletter is being compiled the days for the School Chaplaincy hearing is occurring (May 6-8). Scripture Union (Qld) is defending federal public funding for school chaplains. This funding contributes a very significant proportion of the cost of keeping chaplains in schools. There are three potential outcomes here. Firstly, the challenge could be overturned and funding continues as before, providing the government doesn’t accept the Commission of Audit recommendation; secondly, funding could be diverted to state governments; or thirdly, funding could cease altogether. We seek and pray that this challenge will be unsuccessful and that this most worthwhile programme can continue to thrive.

Commission of Audit (COA)

The Commission of Audit released its report earlier in the month with its major focus on reducing federal government expenditure. The COA has little understanding of the issues around the growth in Commonwealth schools funding as it uses a simplistic educational outcomes and funding growth equation. Says the COA Report “increasing funding does not necessarily equate to better…

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The COA Rationale

The following edited excerpt from the School Funding Appendix explains the COA’s thinking: Transfer policy and funding responsibility to the States consistent with the Commission’s Principles of Good Government, cleanly transferring responsibility for schools funding and policy to the States would reduce overlap and complexity, increase efficiency and ensure that responsibility lies with…

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Federal Schools Funding

In July 2013 AACS released a comprehensive explanation of the Better Schools (Gonski roll out) approach to funding. The federal Department of Education has also provided an explanation document of…

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

AACS’s submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Economics (2 May) regarding the Review of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) expressed its deep concern about the projected dismantling of the ACNC under the Coalition Government. Minister Andrews had confirmed the pre-election promise that the government was going to abolish the ACNC. The brief for the Committee was to ascertain the impact of the…

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AACS Policy Package

The recently released set of 5 sample policies covering: Managing Policies and Documents; Privacy, WHS, Work experience and Enrolment are accessible via a Dropbox link and not on the website, as this isn’t password protected. The original link will no longer work as Dropbox have recently cancelled all…

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Australian Curriculum Paper

The AACS position paper on the Australian Curriculum which is an important read for all Principals and…

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AACS AGM & National Policy Forum

We look forward to meeting many of you at this year’s AACS AGM and at the National Policy Forum. At the AGM we’ll have the opportunity to express our thanks to Bob Johnston for his 9 years of faithful dedicated service as the AACS Executive Officer and the cause of Christian education. Bob will have just…

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VET in Schools (VETiS) Funding

One area that has slipped through the cracks in terms of longer term funding is that of VET training (in some member schools undertaken in association with a Trade Training Centre facility). Previously some allocation was provided through Targeted Programs funding via your state AIS. Now that Targeted Programs funding no longer exists, the support for this area will need to be found from…

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Centre for Independent Studies Report

School Funding on a Budget is a CIS Report with eight recommendations for creating a more efficient and effective school sector. In it researcher Jennifer Buckingham notes that 50% of families on income above $130,000 send their children to state schools. This free education attracts a taxpayer-funded subsidy of $15,768 a student whilst those sending their children to Catholic and independent schools receive on average…

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Class Size Flexibility

he CIS study also comments on the need for greater flexibility by removing mandatory class size maximums. “Research suggests class size reduction, for example, a major focus in Australian schools for 40 years, is one of the most expensive but least educational reforms. … Greater flexibility would also avoid…

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Teacher Education Public Consultation

The Australian Government has established a Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group to provide advice on how teacher education programmes could be improved to better…

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