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.
Read more about:
- ISQ's state election statement
- responses by political parties to ISQ state election statement
- ISQ's election updates
- ISQ's electorate reports and information
- ISQ's media releases
- major parties' election policies
- Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network (QISPN)
- ISQ released a 2017 State Election Statement seeking policy commitments in five key areas of education.
- The major political parties have provided responses to ISQ's State Election Statement:
- 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.
- state electorate reports provide key educational data in Queensland electorates
- school sites by electorates, including candidates
- 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
Australian Labor Party (ALP)
- A World Class Education
- Building Better Schools
- Quality Teachers for Every Classroom
- Learning for Life: Investing in our People (extract from ALP State Platform 2017)
- Letter from Annastacia Palaszczuk
Liberal National Party (LNP)
- Investing in Education: Investing in the Future
- Tackling Truancy
- Re-establishing the Queensland Schools Planning Commission
- Withdrawing from Safe Schools
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.