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Dear Colleagues, As we near the end of the second term, I hope this message finds you well and surviving the cold. During school holidays, the 46th Parliament will sit for the first time from Tuesday, 2 July until Thursday, 4 July. Please keep our elected representatives in your prayers and be aware that a Religious Discrimination Bill will likely be introduced in July. The principles set within such a Bill could have a bearing on what faith-based schools freedoms look in the future…

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Israel Folau and what his case means for faith-based schools

No doubt like you, AACS is keeping a close watch on the Israel Folau case. I encourage you to continue to follow the developments as parties undertake a conciliation conference with the Fair Work Commission today, as there are implications for our schools’ legal and cultural environment, let alone practical freedom of speech in the public square…

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Birth certificates and gender

The Victorian Government has reintroduced a Bill this month that will allow gender on a birth certificate to be changed to any other gender descriptor of one’s choice (not limited to ‘male’ or ‘female’) and without sex-change surgery…

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Thanks to Neil David, departing Company Director and Secretary

We are sad to farewell Neil David, as CEO of the Swan Christian Education Association schools and AACS company director and secretary…

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Reaching out to our representatives

Have you reached out to your local MPs post-election to congratulate them as yet?….

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Are you an approved system authority? You may be without realising it…

Are you the approved authority for more than one school? You may be deemed to be an approved system authority, simply through certain behaviour in distributing recurrent Commonwealth funding…

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Australian Law Reform Commission Request

AACS will be responding to an ALRC request for enrolment and employment document samples from faith-based schools to help them in their research and formulation of a discussion paper…

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‘Advancing an Agenda to Protect Freedom of Religion and Belief’ – Institute for Civil Society

For an understanding of the broader religious freedom framework we are advocating for, please see the great work by Mark Sneddon from the Institute for Civil Society…

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Victoria signs up to school funding agreement

The State of Victoria has finally signed up to the bilateral funding agreement with the Commonwealth after a protracted delay. It will now inject more money into its state schools from a 67.8 per cent share of the schooling resource standard to 75 percent over 10 years…

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FAQ: The political climate and your school

Frequently asked questions about what’s ahead for Christian education schools…

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