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National Policy Forum resources

The resources / presentations from the National Policy Forum are now availiable on the CSA website. You can …

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Not-for-Profit reporting – ACNC

Despite all the projections of change to the ACNC (Minister Kevin Andrews having introduced a Repeal Bill in March), the current legislation is still applicable and all Not-for-Profits must lodge…

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teachers.on.net

We have about 65% of our member schools using the Teachers On Net facility as a means to advertise for staff (schools are billed individually). The present contract arrangement is coming up for review and we are wondering…

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Chaplaincy update

There’s no news from the High Court and won’t be for some months as the Full Bench ponder their decision. However, word on the street is that it is likely that the decision will go against the present model of funding, i.e. a decision that is consistent with the June 20th, 2012 ruling. Whilst the good news…

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Victorian ALP to limit religious exemptions

There are two Victoria situations that are causing the ‘discrimination’ issue to get considerably warmer. This issue relates to the exemptions that religious bodies receive under the Equal Opportunity Act (VIC). The ALP has released its policies in preparation for the upcoming State election and has decided that if it wins government it will …

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Is the right of equal opportunity a higher right than religious freedom?

A second issue that has involved the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act is the case of the Christian Brethren owned Christian Youth Camp (CYC) appeal to the High Court. The Victorian Court of Appeal upheld in a majority 2:1 decision a VCAT decision that the campsite had discriminated against a homosexual support group who wanted to use the campsite. CYC had argued it should be allowed to discriminate on the basis of religious freedom because…

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Senate Select Committee Hearing on School Funding

AACS Councilor Lynne Donelly and myself represented AACS at the Senate Select Committee Hearing on School Funding on May 16th to put the AACS case. Our key message was the desire to see fairness and predictability in funding. With the present government moving increasingly away from the Gonski model, perhaps we will…

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School funding update

Whilst there is some validity to continued concern about funding for SWD after 2014 and also what the whole funding system post 2017 will look like, most schools should have a clear picture of their funding for 2014-17. The January payments didn’t appear to raise many queries. The last payment for the year will factor in the new student census data provided via the August Financial Questionnaire (FQ). Budget planning for 2015 for most…

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Students with Disability Funding

Regarding SWD funding the Minister provided the following information… The Australian Government has already introduced a funding loading to support students with disability which commenced in 2014. (MH – One of the Gonski loadings) The 2014 loading is set at 186 per cent of the base per-student Schooling Resource Standard (SRS). This means…

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Great news – direct federal funding for our sector

The good news on funding was what we reported in the National Policy Forum Update sent out two weeks back. At the National Policy Forum’s (NPF) Parliamentary Dinner Federal Minister Christopher Pyne stated that the Australian Government remains committed to a direct funding relationship with the Independent Sector. We were delighted to hear this. This welcome news was a…

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Note for business managers

In April, schools were advised about changes to the structure of the 2014 (2013 data) Financial Questionnaire (FQ). These changes were designed to assist the Australian Government to work out schools’ notional 2013 funding allocations in order to …

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A bucket load of money won’t fix the problem

Kelly O’Dwyer (Lib Member for Higgins) introducing the 2nd Reading of the Australian Education Amendment (School Funding Guarantee) Bill 2014 on June 2, gave some insight into government thinking about the comparative international ranking of Australian education standards and its relationship to increased funding. Hansard June 2: ….“According to the report: quality of primary education slipped from 12th in the world to…

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Recent submissions

On your behalf, AACS has made submissions to the Ministerial Inquiry into ‘Command & Control’ mechanisms within the Australian Education Act 2013 due on May 23rd, and to the Education Ministerial Advisory Group Inquiry into Teacher Education due on June 13th. Most AACS submissions can be found on the AACS website.

Student principal for a day

Here’s an interesting idea from the Territory’s Minister for Education. 4 June 2014 – Students, destined to be future leaders, across Australia will get a taste of what it’s like to be a school principal through the Student Principal for a Day program. A selected student from each school will…

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What different interest groups can do with figures

I was interested to read a ‘Greens’ June 9, press release titled ‘Pyne enshrines wealthy private school privilege’, which also received Sydney Morning Herald coverage under the title, ‘Post-Gonski fortune to private schools’. “ The Abbott government’s axing of the last two years of the Gonski agreement with the Baird government will rob the state’s public schools of $387,000 a year each by 2020 while leaving many of NSW’s wealthiest private schools with…

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“NAPLAN is not in the best interests of young Australians”

A report commissioned by the Whitlam Institute has found that the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is no longer in the best interest of young Australians. The report, The Experience of Education: The impacts of high stakes testing on school students and their families: A Qualitative Study, found that NAPLAN, (1) is not universally regarded by educators as a useful tool; and (2) has identifiable negative implications for the quality of…

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Copyright reform

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has recommended to the Federal Government changes to copyright legislation that would be beneficial to the education sector – saving schools money and removing anomalies that hamper schools’ use of material under copyright. This issue has been around for some time. The present status is that the Federal Attorney General has indicated he remains to be convinced that…

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Where has AACS been representing you recently?

AACS have been busy representing you over the last month. Read more to see where I have been and don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like any more details about any of the meetings or submissions.

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