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Queensland independent schools operate in accordance with legislative, regulatory and policy frameworks set and overseen by the Australian and Queensland governments.
It is critical, that as the key advocate for independent schools, Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ), engages strongly with government ministers and their departments to safeguard the autonomy of independent schools while advocating for continuous improvement and reform in key areas of school education policy and operations.
ISQ maintains a strong voice and a seat at the table of more than 140 federal, state and local boards, councils, advisory groups and committees, as detailed in the latest ISQ Annual Report. This representation ensures the needs and interests of independent schools are well represented while also giving ISQ advance notice of any significant reform proposals or changes that could impact member schools.
Submissions and research
ISQ makes formal submissions on significant education policy reform proposals or reviews. These submissions are informed by the sector and backed by ISQ-commissioned research, data and policy analysis, including through ISQ’s Our Schools – Our Future research program.
ISQ keeps Queensland independent schools well informed of its advocacy work and government announcements and updates through publications including executive memos, Briefings, weekly information updates and social media channels such as LinkedIn and Twitter.
State government relations
ISQ representatives meet with the Education Minister each term and other political representatives as required. ISQ also hosts annual networking functions which provide member school representatives with the opportunity to speak directly with parliamentarians.
ISQ's advocacy work intensifies during election campaigns. Part of this work includes producing state electorate reports with key enrolment, school and participation data.
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Federal government relations
School education is a key area of national concern and interest. Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) therefore works in close partnership with its federal counterpart, the Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA), to advance and champion a national agenda for independent schooling.
During federal elections, ISQ steps up its advocacy work on behalf of member schools to ensure all political parties are well briefed on the issues of importance to Queensland independent schools. Part of this work includes producing federal electorate reports with key enrolment, school and participation data.
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