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State election

Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) engages with representatives from the major political parties on a range of education issues. This advocacy work intensifies at election time.

Grace Grace has been appointed Queensland’s new Education Minister with Brittany Lauga Assistant Minister for Education in a second term Palaszczuk government.  

Information and resources

Policy platforms of the major political parties and key developments related to the education sector announced during the election campaign are referenced on this page. 

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State election statement

Responses by political parties to ISQ state election statement

Election updates

  • Update 6 - 12 December 2017: Final update detailing the election results and appointment of Queensland's new Education Minister, Assistant Education Minister and Opposition leader.
  • Update 5 – 23 November 2017: A summary of responses from major parties to ISQ’s election statement, as well as a wrap up of commitments from major parties.
  • Update 4 - 14 November 2017: Key election dates, ISQ Infographic and Video, independent schools by electorate with candidates and webpage updates.
  • Update 3 - 30 October 2017: The state election will be held on 25 November. ISQ has released an election statement identifying priority issues for the independent schooling sector.
  • Update 2 - 16 October 2017: Information about ISQ Parliamentary Reception and percentage of students living in the new electorates who attend an independent school.
  • Update 1 - 6 October 2017: Information about changes to the election process including electorate boundaries, voting system and the timing of future elections.

Electorate reports and information

ISQ election media releases

  • 3 November 2017 - ISQ Welcomes LNP Commitment to Restart Schools Planning Commission
  • 30 October 2017 - Education Must be a Policy Priority in the State Election

Election policies

Australian Labor Party (ALP)

Liberal National Party (LNP)

The Greens

Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network (QISPN)

The QISPN released an election position statement seeking commitments from political parties in four key areas: ongoing support to continue strengthening parent engagement in independent schools; ongoing recurrent and capital funding for independent schools to ensure they remain a genuine and viable choice for Queensland families; provision of timely and parent-specific information on Queensland's senior schooling changes; and creation of a parent communication strategy on the uses and merits of NAPLAN participation.

The following political parties have responded. They have confirmed their support for the work of QISPN and the contribution of independent schools to education in Queensland.

Latest News & Events

Re-thinking Parent Engagement

9 September 2019 - From electronic video newsletters for boarding parents, to “blossom bags” with home-based literacy activities for Prep and Kindergarten parents, Queensland independent schools are adopting new approaches to link school and home.

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ISQ Briefings - July 2019

23 July 2019 - Executive Director David Robertson looks at the intent and relevance of a declaration (such as the Melbourne Declaration) for schooling, while Director (Strategic Relations) Shari Armistead and Design & Creative Sarah Heath examine design thinking as a solution to the 'wicked problem' of school education.

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