Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) has a long and successful history of working to strengthen and expand schooling choice for Australian families.
ISQ undertakes numerous advocacy activities that highlight and reinforce the significant contribution Queensland independent schools make to education in Australia and to their local communities. Regular Election Updates are issued to keep member schools informed of its advocacy work as well as education announcements and policies of the major parties.
2019 Federal Election - 18 May
Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited Government House in Yarralumla on 11 April 2019 to advise the Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, to dissolve the 45th Australian Parliament and issue the writs for an election to be held on 18 May. The announcement came shortly after the Government released its budget on 2 April. After a national redrawing of seat boundaries, the Coalition starts with a notional 73 seats (down from 74) with Labor on 72 (up from 69). Information on this page will be updated as ISQ is informed of new policies and commitments.
Early voting began on 29 April 2019 after the Australian Electoral Commission officially declared the 2019 federal election nominations on 24 April.
In Queensland, 223 candidates are vying for 30 seats in the House of Representatives, while a further 83 candidates have nominated to contest the state's six vacant Senate seats. The AEC has published a full list of candidates.
ISQ is writing to all candidates to provide its Election Statement and the relevant map which shows the independent schools in the electorate they are contesting.
A record 16.4 million Australians are enrolled to vote and can cast their ballot at one of more than 8,000 polling locations around the nation between now and 18 May. Residents can find their nearest polling location on the AEC website using their postcode.
ISQ Federal Election Statement
Parents value the choice and diversity of education available in Queensland. Education choice has been the foundation of Australia’s school system with successive Australian Governments supporting policy settings that enable families to make the right education choice for their child. Independent Schools Queensland seeks commitments from the major parties in five key areas that protect and sustain the tradition of choice:
- Stable and fair recurrent funding
- Regional and remote education stimulus
- Support for students with special needs
- Capital support to underpin parent investment in independent schools
- Support for school improvement and high-quality student outcomes
Read the full ISQ Federal Election Statement here.
ISQ Media Release 11 April - Stable School Funding and Support for Parent Choice: ISQ Election Statement
Major parties respond to issues raised by independent schools
Education policies and commitments of the major parties
- Coalition Investing $3.6m to Improve Education for Indigenous Children
- Our Plan for Education
- Cheaper School Excursions for Remote & Regional Families
- Morrison Government Supporting Inclusive Communities
- Entch Announces Extra $4m Indigenous Education Funding
- Bringing Engineering to the Classroom
- Industry Training Hubs & Scholarships Skilling Young Australians for the Future
- Record Funding for Education
- Supporting Students With Disability
- Preparing Young Australians for the Jobs of the Future
- Keeping School Chaplains in Schools
- Improving Preschool Attendance
Australian Labor Party
- Labor's Plan for Solar Schools
- Labor's Plan for Cheaper Child Care
- Fair Funding For Australian Schools
- National Preschool and Kindy Program
- National Inquiry into Post-Secondary Education
- NAPLAN Review
- Students With Disability
- Bursaries for Top Achievers
- Evidence Institute for Schools
- National Principal's Academy
- Asian Languages and Literacy
- Community Language Schools
- National Platform - Chapter 7 - Education
- $5m Boost to Arts Education for Disadvantaged Primary School Students
- New $40m for Trades Training TAFE for Brisbane's North Lakes
- Labor's Plan for Cheaper Child Care
- Better Pay for Early Childhood Educators
- Labor Will Deliver a Qld Skills Guarantee
- Tackling Childhood Obesity with Health Eating in Schools
- Labor's $300M Boost for Students with Disability
- $40K Cash Bonuses to Get Top Achievers into Teaching
- Labor's Plan to Get More Australian Children Learning Languages
- Labor Wants All Australian Children to be Safe Online
- Labor's Plan to Keep Our Kids Safe in the Water
- Labor to Invest $19.5M to Support First Nations Girls' Education
- Labor Will Deliver Extra Funding for Every Public School
- World Class Schools - National Press Club Address by Deputy Leader and Shadow Minister for Education and Training Tanya Plibersek
The Australian Greens
Federal electorate reports
Independent Schools Queensland provides a high-level summary of key education data relating to independent school provision, student participation, and the economic value independent schools add to their local communities. View current federal electorate information including key education data related to the schools located in them, on the federal electorate reports page.
Australian Electoral Commission Details electorate boundaries and other useful information
Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network Links to policies of the major parties and representative bodies advocating on behalf of independent schools and their families
Independent Schools Council of Australia Snapshot National publication providing key statistics related to the independent schools sector
Independent Schools Council of Australia Electorate Map An interactive search for independent schools by electorate or school name
Previous Federal elections
The last federal election was held on 2 July 2016; the first double dissolution election in almost 30 years. The national political landscape was confirmed with the Coalition, led by Malcolm Turnbull, securing a one-seat majority and the right to govern. In 2018 Malcolm Turnbull lost a leadership challenge and Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his new ministry were sworn in on 24 August 2018.
Authorised by D. Robertson, Executive Director, Independent Schools Queensland, 96 Warren Street, Spring Hill, Queensland 4000.
Latest News & Events
ISQ Briefings - Economic conditions & the sector
17 May 2019 - In this issue of Briefings, ISQ ED David Robertson discusses the impact economic conditions could have on independent schools, while Director (School Improvement & Performance) Mark Newham & Executive Manager (Curriculum & Assessment) Jenene Rosser examine whether learning progressions are the solution the Australian schooling sector needs.Read more
New Evidence Institute Must Make Education Research Classroom Ready and Friendly
1 May 2019 - The priority for a new national evidence institute should be translating education research about what works best in schools into classroom-ready resources, according to Independent Schools Queensland.Read more