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Dear Colleagues, Apologies for the gap between newsletters! The start to Spring has seen lots of activity in the education space, from sparring over NAPLAN to intense debate and discussion on the exposure draft for the Religious Discrimination Bill. The Government is currently considering submissions to amend its Bill before introduction…

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2019 AACS Poetry and Essay Competition

A reminder that entries are due on Friday, 8 November and we would love to see our post office box overflowing in the countdown. The original poster is attached…

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Praise point: Temporary reprieve in Northern Territory – no introduction of Bill prior to Territory election.

In September, AACS and NT Christian Schools wrote a letter to the Northern Territory Chief Minister and Attorney-General calling for the abandonment of plans to remove s37A of the Anti-Discrimination Act (1991) NT, which would require our schools to apply to an unelected Commissioner to justify why they want to hire Christians for staff positions (so as to be protected from a discrimination claim from someone who does not subscribe to the ethos of the school)…

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National Prayer Breakfast

AACS hosted a table at the National Prayer Breakfast at Parliament House on Monday and heard the Prime Minister and Governor General reflect on faith in their speeches…

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Religious Discrimination Bill Update

Submissions on the public exposure draft of the Religious Discrimination Bill closed on 2 October and the Government and Attorney-General’s Department is now trawling through the contributions…

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Review of Melbourne Declaration – draft open for comment

The Declaration will be considered by Education Council in December, but there is one last chance to provide feedback beforehand…

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School Funding Update

In the absence of settled SES scores and in turn, the ongoing uncertainty as to the particulars of school funding, below is a summary of what to expect over the next 12 months…

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Education Policy Hotline

Do you have an education policy that you think needs to be looked at or a practical problem due to bureaucratic red tape? Drop AACS a line and we will consider raising it in our consultations with politicians, the Department or other representative bodies.

Have you thought about building a boarding house?

One of the ways in which schools can grow is to offer homes for students from overseas or regional and remote areas. If any schools are interested, please contact AACS and we can help put you in contact with the right people to explore this option.