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Media Release - ACT Election 2016
Wednesday 5 October, 2016
Canberra Liberals Announce Funding Commitment to ACT Non-Government Schools
The Canberra Liberals announced overnight an election commitment of $15 million to ACT non-government schools for capital infrastructure upgrades. An ACT Liberal government will also allocate land for a non-government school in West Belconnen.
This is additional to the Canberra Liberals’ earlier commitment of $17.5 million to support students with special needs in non-government schools.
“This is terrific news for schools,” Association Executive Director, Andrew Wrigley said. “The combined suite of election commitments recognises the growing enrolment pressure on Independent Schools, and the ever increasing number of students with special needs who are educated and supported in those schools.”
“Enrolments in Independent Schools have grown by over 23 per cent in the last 10 years. At the same time, the number of students with special needs in those schools has increased by nearly 400 per cent, so these two announcements of funding support are applauded.”
Mr Wrigley went on to say the ACT is currently the only State or Territory whose Government provides no capital grants or interest subsidy support to non-government schools. In a jurisdiction which has the greatest proportion of students in non-government schools, this is anomalous.
“Parents and other private sources provide 96% of capital income to ACT Independent Schools,” Mr Wrigley said. “The funding commitment announced by the Canberra Liberals is a fantastic co-investment with parents in education infrastructure in the ACT. It will be welcome news to those communities.”
ACT Budget 2016-17
Tuesday 8 June, 2016
In the ACT Budget brought down yesterday, the Association of Independent Schools of the ACT notes the comments by ACT Chief Minister that outline the strong economic performance of the ACT, and the recognition of the place education has in a resilient and vibrant ACT economy.
ACT Independent Schools make a strong contribution to the economic position of the ACT. According to data from the Productivity Commission Report on Government Services 2016, in choosing Independent Schools for their children, parents save the ACT Government over $200 million per year.
Disappointingly within this context, funding to ACT non-government schools remains static, adjusted for indexation and student population growth, with no new initiatives for Independent Schools in the ACT.
A centrepiece of the Government’s education package was $21.5 million allocated to respond to the recommendations of the Schools for All report.
“It is disturbing to note that, while Independent Schools were heavily involved in both the consultation and development of the report, are referenced in the Recommendations from the Report, and are working towards appropriate implementation of those recommendations, none of the $21.5million in funding was provided to Independent Schools,” Executive Director of AISACT, Andrew Wrigley said.
“Census data shows that Independent Schools educate 20 per cent of the student population in the ACT. Government spending for this whole of jurisdiction approach should reflect this enrolment distribution. By not doing so, schools and parents of ACT independent school communities will bear the additional resourcing requirements that will inevitably come as a result of implementing the recommendations of the Schools for All report,” Mr Wrigley said.
In this context, the families of over 14,000 students attending Independent Schools should expect better funding from Government, particularly for those increasing number of students in these schools who require additional support.
MEDIA RELEASE: AISACT congratulates new Minister for Education
The Association of Independent Schools of the ACT (AISACT) congratulates Mr Shane Rattenbury MLA on his appointment today as the ACT Minister for Education.
AISACT represents independent education in the ACT and advocates the views of Member Schools. The ACT Independent School sector plays an important role in providing high quality educational and choice for parents and students, with 14,000 students attending the eighteen Independent Schools in Canberra.
There is a very strong cross-sectoral approach to advancing the education agenda in the ACT, and the Association looks forward to that approach being supported by Minister Rattenbury.
The Association looks forward to working closely and positively with Mr Rattenbury as the new ACT Minister for Education.
MEDIA RELEASE: Minister for Education Joy Burch MLA announces she will not seek a portfolio in a Ministerial reshuffle
The Association of Independent Schools of the ACT notes the announcement this morning by Minister Burch that she will not be seeking a portfolio in the Cabinet reshuffle which the ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has announced will occur prior to the Assembly sitting in February.
The Association acknowledges the work of Minister Burch as the Minister for all schools in the ACT. Minister Burch has presided over the Education and Training portfolio for the past three years and during this period a number of initiatives have been achieved and new directions pursued, including adjustments to the process of re-registration of non-government schools in the ACT.
As Minister, Ms Burch has supported the well-established cross-sectoral approach to advancing educational outcomes for all students in the ACT; the implementation of the Australian Curriculum in ACT schools is one example of this.
AISACT thanks Minister Burch for her work with ACT Independent Schools specifically, and the advancement of educational outcomes in the ACT more generally.
The Association looks forward to working closely and positively with the new ACT Minister for Education.