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Federal Government Instability

The Federal Liberal leadership issues have created a certain amount of uncertainty. We are still to see whether this will settle or not. What a change from the assumptions that, at minimum, this would be a two-term government. Minister Pyne’s inability to achieve the higher education funding reforms has contributed to government unsettledness though the broader commentary has not, to date, been challenging his education leadership position. He has held this portfolio area for a significant period (since 2007).

Where’s Funding at?

For the present time we are (thankfully) in a period of federal funding stability. 2015 is the second year of the quadrennium (14-17). 2014 was the transition year to the new model and Business Managers have the financial statistical basis to…

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Christian Schools National Policy Forum – May 25, 26 2015

All AACS members are encouraged to come along to this year’s National Policy Forum run by CSA. There’s a change of location to the Hyatt Canberra (fairly close to Parliament House). The Dinner is again at the Great Hall, Parliament House. Don’t forget to invite…

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On a Personal Note

Many of you would be aware from the Dec newsletter that I haven’t been that well. The hair’s gone and my finger nails have been painted for the first time ever. After some successful treatment in…

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Queensland Election Result

At the time of writing the election result remains in the balance. In this election, education issues took a back seat to Campbell Newman’s leadership style, the leasing of government assets and possibly federal distractions. The measure of reaction against the LNP has surprised most…

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Trade Training Centre Review

The Independent Review in the TTC program has been released, which focused on operational TTCs to find ways to improve their use; to gauge employer involvement in the training; and to see if the program was…

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Productivity Commission Report on Government Services (RoGS) – Education section

The Productivity Commission has released its annual report on the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of government services in Australia. There are 3 chapters on education, specifically: early childhood education and care (ECEC), school education and…

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Federation White Paper

When the Coalition Government came to power they promised to look at, and clarify, the issue of the roles and responsibilities of the different tiers of government. In the light of ambiguity, overlap and confusion, this was a very good…

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Autism Education Website Launched

A new website, aimed to give guidance and information about children with autism, has been launched. The Amaze Online Classroom is freely available online for all teachers and is funded by Amaze (Autism Victoria) and the…

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Tax Reform: GST on Education – a Big Deficit for Christian Schools

As the debate on tax reform is hotting up in the context of a federal budget that’s looking down the barrel of deficits as far as the eye can see, we should be conscious of the massive negative impact that any proposed inclusion of GST on education would have on low-fee Christian schools. Those parents who…

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Surviving Year 12

Beyondblue has launched two factsheets for parents and students on how to navigate the challenges of Year 12. I’ve read both of these factsheets and would recommend their use. They are full of useful, ‘common-sensical’ advice covering…

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Schools Clean Up Day

Clean Up Australia is inviting schools to show their support for the environment by participating on Friday 27 February 2015. Schools who register as a School’s Clean Up Site will receive…

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eSmart Digital Licence

The Alannah and Madeline Foundation has partnered with Google to make a ‘digital licence’ available to every Australian Yr 6 student. The online challenge uses quizzes, videos and games to prepare …

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WA bans Corporal Punishment

The West Australian (Jan 7; Bethany Hiatt) reports that Education Minister Peter Collier is seeking to bring the era of corporal punishment in schools to a close. “A loophole…

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School Chaplaincy

In WA the State government has moved to fill a shortfall in funding for the Federal school chaplains program which will allow another 71 schools to have chaplains. In Tasmania many schools are without chaplains as…

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Raising the Bar: Meeting New Standards in School Governance

Why has governance become such a buzzword lately in the non-government school sector? And what should your school be doing about it?…

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Gen Z heralds the Rise of the ‘Screenager’

I found the following article a fascinating read regarding the emerging generation, also called…

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