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Qld Independent Schools Welcome Australian Governments Schools Funding Plan

02 May 2017

Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) today welcomed the Australian Government’s pre-budget schools funding announcement that promises to deliver a long-term, national, equitable and transparent schools funding system.

ISQ Executive Director David Robertson said independent schools welcomed the announcement by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham that school funding would grow an additional $2.2 billion over the forward estimates, which is on top of the $1.2 billion already committed in last year’s budget.

“Independent schools welcome the Australian Government’s commitment to implementing a truly national schools funding model that is driven by student need regardless of what school a student attends or state they live in,” Mr Robertson said.

“Independent schools welcome the Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to the non-government schooling sector and the Government’s confirmation that it will continue to provide the lion’s share of government support to non-government schools while state governments maintain their majority funding support for state schools,” he said.

“The 10-year horizon on the Government’s plan and its intention to legislate the funding trajectory path of schools over this period will give independent schools greater certainty and confidence to look ahead to plan their staffing, resources and education programs. This will support more strategic and informed decision-making to lift student outcomes.”

“Independent schools welcome the appointment of David Gonski to lead an independent panel into how the extra funding announced by the Government can be best used to lift the learning outcomes of all students.”

“ISQ will be working closely with the Australian Government on how funding will flow to individual schools under the new national model to ensure Queensland independent schools receive the funding they need and are entitled to. We look forward to receiving more detail in the 9 May Budget.”

“Independent schools have a strong track record of evidence-based achievement and also look forward to contributing strongly to the ‘Gonski 2.0’ review which is due to report back to the Australian Government in December.”

Media contact: Justine Nolan M: 0428 612 315 E: jnolan@isq.qld.edu.au

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