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New Year Ushers in School Education Changes

New federal funding and state accreditation requirements for Queensland non-state schools will take effect from 1 January 2018.

Independent Schools Queensland Executive Director David Robertson said two key pieces of legislation governing how Queensland independent schools are funded and regulated will start in the New Year.

“The Australian Education Amendment Act, passed by the Senate and House of Representatives in 2017, provided much needed clarity and certainty about the future funding trajectory for independent schools for 2018 and beyond,” Mr Robertson said.

“Independent schools thank the Queensland Government and new Education Minister Grace Grace for signing the Commonwealth-State funding agreement as a priority to ensure independent schools and their communities start the new school year with funding certainty,” he said.

“Queensland independent schools have been advised of their provisional Commonwealth entitlements for 2018 and will receive the first of three funding instalments at the end of January.”

Mr Robertson said at the state level the modernised 15-year-old Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Act, which was passed by State Parliament in 2017, will commence from 1 January.

“The updated Act confirms the role and contribution of non-state schools to education in Queensland and streamlines the approval processes for non-state schools while maintaining strong accountability and education standards,” he said.

 “For the first time from 2018 new non-state schools that apply for and receive accreditation approval will also automatically receive state government funding.”

“Previously non-state schools had to go through two processes which resulted in a handful of cases where a non-state school was approved to operate but not approved for funding.”

 “This is a key change independent schools have long advocated for. This change confirms the right of every student in an approved not-for-profit non-state school to receive government support for their education.”

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