Election Update No.3 - Independent Schools Queensland

2015 State Election
Election Update No. 3
For member schools and their communities
29 January 2015
Major Party Respond to ISQ State Election Statement
The LNP and the ALP both responded to the four priority areas in the ISQ State Election Statement. Links to
their letters are on ISQ’s State Election webpage they are also attached to the end of this Election Update.
State Election Commitments – Schooling
The Queensland Electoral Commission has registered seven political parties in Queensland. Outlined below
are commitments released by these parties during the 2015 State election campaign. Where no specific
schooling policies have been released, detailed are provided of general policies or approaches to education
as sourced through their policy statements and materials. Links to the Education Policies of the Major
Parties (LNP & ALP) can be found on ISQ’s State Election webpage
Liberal National Party (LNP)
LNP Policy
Financial
Commitment
Policy Details
Independent Schools
Quality Teacher
Attraction Plan
$16.255 million
200 Bachelor of Education Scholarships for OP 1
and 2 students; 300 Masters qualifications to
enable teachers to gain specialist status in areas
like Maths and Science; and extra time for
teachers to undertake professional development
and further education.
No specific reference to
non-state schools in the policy.
Future Schools
Fund
$1 billion (Funding
will be provided
through the Strong
Choices asset
leasing plan).
$700 million to provide up to 22 new schools;
$300 million to upgrade existing school
infrastructure.
The Future Schools Fund will benefit
non-state schools, although no
specific details of funding
allocations to the independent
sector are provided.
More support
for Rural &
Remote Students
$380,000 on-off
increase.
The Remote Area Tuition Allowance has been
increased by more than 10 per cent which
includes a one-off increase of $380,000 for this
year.
Max. allowances will increase to
more than$3,400 /primary student
almost $4,900/secondary student &
almost $7,000 per SWD.
Queensland Labor (ALP)
ALP Policy
Financial
Commitment
Policy Details
Independent Schools
Letting Teachers
Teach
$6 million over
three years
To develop new classifications for
excellent teachers. QIRC would be asked
to determine actual salaries of Highly
Accomplished and Lead Teachers.
No specific reference to non-state schools in
the policy, however, potential flow-on
effects for independent schools.
Additional
Teachers in State
Schools
$139 million over
three years
An additional 875 state school teachers
above the more than 1,600 already
planned. Includes 275 additional
specialist high school teachers.
Applies to State schools only. Potential
flow-on of funding from the initiative to
independent schools through the
basket-nexus arrangements.
Guidance Offices
in State Schools
$9 million over
three years
An additional 45 fulltime guidance officer
positions over three years in State
schools.
Applies to State schools only. Potential
flow-on of funding from the initiative to
independent schools through the
basket-nexus arrangements.
Specialist School
Nurses
$12 million over
four years
The specialist nurses would help identify
any hearing and vision problems in
schoolchildren and also provide advice
on nutrition.
No specific reference to non-state schools.
Capital
Assistance
$37 million a year
over three years
Capital grants for the non-state schooling
sector in each of the 2015-16, 2016-17
and 2017-18 financial years.
Specific reference to non-state schools in
ALP response letter to ISQ’s election
statement.
Authorised by David Robertson, Executive Director, Independent Schools Queensland, Spring Hill 4000.
www.isq.qld.edu.au P: (07) 3228 1515 F: (07)3228 1275 E: [email protected]isq.qld.edu.au
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Queensland Greens
The Queensland Greens have not released any specific schooling policies as part of the 2015 State election. Their
Education policy (adopted October 2014) lists 11 principles including that “all people are entitled to free, wellfunded and high quality, life-long education and training”; “Government should be the primary education provider
at all levels”; and “Government has a primary responsibility to fund the public education system to provide high
quality education to all students”. It also list forty-one aims in relation to education including:
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Increase funding to public education through funding models for all sectors of the education system that
prioritise public education;
Ensure that the viability and diversity of existing public schools is not endangered by the development of
new non-government schools;
Ensure the same accountability and transparency frameworks for public funding are required of nongovernment schools as are required of government schools.
Family First Party Queensland
The Family First Party Queensland has not released any specific schooling policies as part of the 2015 State
election. Their general policy on choice in schooling states a commitment to choice in education and to supporting
legislation that provides an equitable distribution of funding to both public and private schools. It also recognises,
respects and affirms the right of parents to choose a school for their children in which values that align with their
own are affirmed and promoted.
Katter’s Australian Party
Katter’s Australian Party has not released any specific schooling policies as part of the 2015 State election. Their
policy on education states that reforms will ensure that all Australians, regardless of their circumstance, will
receive a world class education; that means that not only will these reforms ensure that regardless of the school
or State of enrolment, that students will receive the same benefits from the education system. Their guiding
principles include:
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Better utilisation of existing funding, more efficiently and productively;
A more grassroots approach to education;
A focus on providing a solid foundation of reading, writing and mathematics; and
Recruit, promote, reward and most of all, celebrate, great teachers.
One Nation Queensland
One Nation Queensland has not released any specific schooling policies as part of the 2015 State election.
There are no references to schooling in their general policy documents.
Palmer United Party
The Palmer United Party has not released any specific schooling policies as part of the 2015 State election.
Their national policy platform states Australians promote the fundamental importance of education and training
at all levels and the benefits of a vibrant and inclusive participation in the arts. They recognise the importance of
education in supporting democratic institutions and a progressive society. The Party will:
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ensure the widest possible freedom in choice in education, promoted by diversity of systems and schools;
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ensure that all children have access to the best possible education, irrespective of sex, race, religion,
socioeconomic background or place of residence;
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establish standards of literacy and numeracy, and accountability mechanisms for their achievement;
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help students overcome limitations and disadvantages by fostering choice in education, accommodating
diversity in needs and aspirations, and encouraging excellence; and
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decentralise the control and administration of schooling by empowering local systems and respecting
school communities.
Other Useful Information
LIST OF CANDIDATES – http://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/elections/state/State2015/candidates.html
POLLING BOOTH LOCATIONS - http://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/2015QLD.aspx?id=11933&terms=polling%20booths
PROOF OF ID - http://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/2015QLD.aspx?id=11888
Authorised by David Robertson, Executive Director, Independent Schools Queensland, Spring Hill 4000.
www.isq.qld.edu.au P: (07) 3228 1515 F: (07)3228 1275 E: [email protected]
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