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Federal election

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.

The Hon Dan Tehan MP has responsibility for the education portfolio. The Australian Parliament publishes a current list of Senators and Members of the House of Representatives.

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.

Electoral updates

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



Media Releases

Australian Labor Party


Media Releases


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.

Useful links

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.

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