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. During an election, regular updates are issued to keep member schools informed of ISQ's advocacy work as well as education announcements and policies of the major parties.
2019 Federal Election
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.
The national political landscape was confirmed on 18 May 2019 with the Coalition, led by Scott Morrison, securing a majority and the right to govern.
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 commitment 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.
Party responses to issues raised by independent schools
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
Stable School Funding and Support for Parent Choice: ISQ Election Statement ISQ Media Release 11 April 2019
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 - Challenges facing the indpendent sector
29 October 2019 - Executive Director David Robertson looks at the sector's challenges, while Director (Strategic Relations) Shari Armistead examines the research about the benefits of music to student learning outcomes.Read more
Financial Education Aid to Flow to Drought-Impacted Independent School Communities
7 November 2019 - Queensland’s independent schooling sector has welcomed $10 million in federal Special Circumstances education funding to assist non-government school communities impacted by the nation’s record-breaking drought.Read more