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Schools Security Programme

The Federal Government has written to all peak bodies asking for nominations of schools that may be eligible to receive funding under the Schools Security Programme. The Australian government has committed $18 million to extend the programme until 2016-17. The Minister for Justice letter says, “The Programme is designed to assist both government and non-government schools facing a risk of attack, harassment or violence stemming from racial or religious intolerance to meet their security needs by providing non-recurrent grants for security infrastructure, such as fencing, lighting and CCTV, and for the cost of employing security guards. The Programme will not provide…

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Religious Freedom in Victoria

Things have ‘hotted up’ in Victoria in recent months regarding religious freedom. In response to pressure from fairly aggressive secular lobbying about Special Religious Instruction (SRI) in state schools the Victorian Education Minister Martin Dixon released Ministerial Direction 141. The Directive placed a new set of increasingly restrictive guidelines around SRI, but also included “religious materials must not be…

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Equal Opportunity Legislation – Victoria

Not only has religious freedom in state schools been hotly debated but the upcoming Victorian election will present a challenging contrast of policy on the right of Christian Schools to ‘discriminate’ on the basis of faith. The ALP policy position is to re-introduce the…

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Recent Submissions

On your behalf AACS has made a submission in response to the Options Paper released by the Minister. Social Services Minister, Kevin Andrews has previously indicated his desire to abolish the ACNC, reduce the burden of regulation and red tape and introduce self-reporting requirements. This issue is relevant for all Christian Schools because all of our schools are …

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Trade Training Centre Review

The Federal Government has been conducting an independent review of the TTC Program and our Ranges TTC (Outer Melbourne) made a submission. As part of the review, the Independent Reviewer will visit Ranges on Friday August 15 meeting staff and discussing the operations of Ranges TTC.

School Improvement Plan and the Professional Teacher Development Framework

Despite the Coalition’s promise to abolish this requirement within the Aust Education Act 2013, all schools would be aware that they must develop, implement, publish and review a school improvement plan by January 2015. The plan needs to include…

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Reduce Red Tape – ‘Command and Control’

We are still awaiting the details of what the Minister proposes regarding amending the Act, i.e. removing the ‘command and control’ measures in the legislation, making it less prescriptive, less restrictive, and with less control from…

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Funding Estimation Tool

After a fair amount of request to the Department we received the long promised Funding Estimator Tool (FET) on August 11th. We ran a few test runs and prepared our own ‘explanatory notes’ (feeling that this was missing from the Department’s ‘just enter the figures’) and sent it out the following day. I’m hoping this has arrived just in time to…

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Teachers on Net

Last month we wrote to all Teachers on Net subscribers (Education Jobsite service) about the shared account that AACS has managed for the past few years. In the light of the changing nature of web-based advertising, other service providers (and pricing) that schools are using, and the fact that schools can still access…

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Primary Principals Want More Freedom to Decide

The Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA) which represents 7,200 school principals across…

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Australian Curriculum – A Christian Schools’ Response

This is just giving notice that a most important set of resources are on their way. A number of CEN teams have been working on a set of papers that offers…

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Paul Kelly at his Best

As we approach the 100th anniversary the Gallipoli event will gain increasing coverage. Even though this isn’t an AACS focus I’d still like to give a bug plug to some outstanding writing and helpful insight. Last week I came across an exceptional Weekend Australian article (Aug 2-3) written by Paul Kelly titled, ‘A conscious decision to march into the ‘war to end all wars’. When I encouraged my own children…

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Prolegis

This legal update has been contributed by Prolegis one of our partners. Prolegis has a national practise acting exclusively for Not for Profit organisations and Charities. Prolegis are specialist advisors to many Christian organisations, including Christian Schools.

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Cyberbullying

An excellent article in the Sydney Morning Herald written by Independent Schools Australia (AHISA) Chairman, Phillip Heath, addressed the issue of protecting children from cyberbullying. Mr Heath notes that the protection of our children is everyone’s…

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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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