Dear Colleagues, I trust that term two is going well and that you’re keeping abreast of political news in the lead-up to the election. As of last Thursday, according to the Australian Electoral Commission, 1.4 million people have cast their vote in pre-polling. This month’s edition of AACS news will focus on election matters and try to con solidate all the information we have on all the major issues affecting our schools . . .
AACS is keenly aware of the need for our schools to have robust staff relations materials, Constitutions and Statements.
Whilst AACS is an advocacy body, we are currently exploring ways in which we can help schools obtain all the necessary information that they need, given the intrinsic link to what our religious freedoms may be in the future.
You will have noticed the campaign material sent for distribution within your school communities under the ValuEd Voices name. This is a coalition of Christian school organisations who over that last few weeks have invested in focus groups, telepolling and the subsequent development of material that . . .
Just a reminder to search for both these pages online, like and invite anyone you think would like it to click ‘like’. The first thing that political staffers do when a stakeholder comes to visit is a Google search. The more likes they see us having on our page, the more they’ll take us seriously (no jo ke).
The ValuEd Voices is the main campaign page and the AACS one is running some additional posts too.
Unfortunately, Facebook pages can easily attract trolling, but if you do decide to respond to the ‘haters’– be sure it is becoming of our organisation and blessing readers.
National polling we commissioned with other Christian school groups has clearly demonstrated the widespread support for the rights of Christian schools to employ Christian staff and for religious freedom more broadly. The polling, reported in The Australian, is a genuinely representative National poll with a sample size about double that of Newspoll. The precise questions and National responses are as follows . . .
The referral of recommendations from the Ruddock Review on Religious Freedom to the Australian Law Reform Commission was made on 10 April, the day before the election was called. We are very grateful that this process is now . . .
The Discrimination Amendment Act 2018 (ACT) which amends the Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT) came into effect on 29 April. A copy of the information sent to schools from the ACT Department of Education can be found . . .
The Justice and Related Legislation (Marriage Amendments) Bill 2018 passed both houses and became law on 10 April. Tasmania’s changes dealt with broader issues than those in the ACT, but both are concerning. You may remember . . .
A reminder that the Regulation for the ten per cent increase of the Student Resource Standard for distance education students was not tabled in time before caretaker mode. Information obtained from the Department indicates that there may need to be some further consultation with stakeholders, but the intention is still that once the amendment to the Regulation is in place, funding will be backdated from 1 January 2019.
We will be following this up again for our schools post-election. Given schools would have budgeted for the increase in income this year, it is frustrating that the funding has not yet been received and we are aware of this.