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State government relations

Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) is a tireless and vocal advocate for independent schooling and the education choice a vibrant independent sector offers Queensland families.

ISQ’s advocacy work at the state level focuses on a wide range of issues, including legislative and regulatory changes, infrastructure planning, teaching and learning and school funding.

Queensland independent schools receive, on average, about 50 percent of their operational funding from parents and the remaining 50 percent from governments - Australia (35 percent) and Queensland (15 percent). ISQ acknowledges the Queensland Government’s support for school choice and its provision of school recurrent grants and targeted capital and program funding for independent schools.

ISQ ensures the unique needs of independent schools are well represented in state-based policy discussions and reforms through:

  • regular meetings with the Queensland Education Minister and other Members of Parliament as required
  • holding positions on a wide range of state education policy and advisory committees
  • making formal submissions on legislative amendments, education reviews and inquiries that may impact Queensland independent schools.

ISQ holds seats on various Queensland boards, councils, advisory groups and committees tasked with advancing particular areas of school education, operations, regulation and reform. This representation ensures member school views and positions are put forward and considered in times of policy, regulatory and legislative change.

A list of state committees and bodies ISQ holds positions on can be found in the latest ISQ Annual Report

In addition to attending meetings 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 also makes clear the position of the Queensland independent schooling sector on a range of state-based policy issues through formal submissions to government reviews and inquiries.

ISQ steps up its advocacy work in the lead up to and during a state election. Part of this work includes producing state electorate reports with key enrolment, school and participation data.

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