Education policy is an important issue in the 2019 federal election. ISV is keen to see an informed debate and provide its Member Schools and school communities with up-to-date information.
Read the latest views of ISV’s Chief Executive, Michelle Green, and find links to the education policies and announcements of the major parties, as well as other useful links. We will update this resource as the campaign progresses.
Policies of the Major Parties
A summary comparing the policies of the Coaltion, Labor, and the Greens, focussing on the key issues for Independent schools, can be found here.
• a ‘record $21.4 billion’ in recurrent funding
• more than $450 million over two years for universal access to 15 hours of preschool in the year before school
• more than $67 million over five years from 2018-19 to trial 10 national training hubs supporting school-based vocational education in areas with high
• more than $30 million in 2019-20 to establish the Local School Community Fund
• almost $10 million over four years from 2019-20 to establish new online courses and resources for the teaching of mathematics and phonics
• $6 million over five years for arts programs
• $5 million over three years for free resources to help teachers support students’ social and emotional needs
• $2 million over two years towards the further development of the Australian Constitution Centre at the High Court of Australia in Canberra.
• $5.3 billion to 2029 for the Indigenous loading component of schools funding package
• $200 million for Indigenous mentorships, including $50 million for the Clontarf Foundation
• $5 million for projects that support and promote school attendance
• waiving all or part of the HELP debt for 3100 students who commit to teach and stay teaching in very remote areas.
• $3.6 million over two years for the Cathy Freeman Foundation to support Indigenous education in regional and remote communities.
The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has summarised the respective school education policies and announcements of the three major parties announced to date, assessed against key issues of concern to Independent schools
The Parents’ Website has a useful map that shows the electorate in which schools are located, along with the contact details of their relevant Member of Parliament. It also provides information about how to support Independent education, including tips on how to write letters to MPs or the media.