2016 Federal Election

2016 Federal Election Outcome

The national political landscape has now been confirmed with the Coalition securing a majority of seats and the right to govern after a marathon Federal Election campaign. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his ministry have been sworn in by the Governor-General. Senator Simon Birmingham was re-appointed Education and Training Minister while also taking on added responsibility for international education. Karen Andrews has been appointed Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills. Labor’s Shadow Ministry has also been confirmed with Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek appointed to lead an expanded team of Ministers and Assistant Ministers responsible for early education, school education, vocational education and universities.  

Coalition Government Ministry

Labor Shadow Ministry

Election Background

Letters from Major Parties


Australian Labor Party  

The Greens

ISQ Election Statement

2016 Federal Election Statement

Candidate Responses to ISQ Federal Election Statement

Statement from Julie Boyd – Independent Senate Candidate

ISQ Summary of Major Parties School Policies

ISQ 2016 School Policy Overview - Major Parties

This document summarises the school education policies of the major parties announced to date, assessed against four key issues of concern to independent schools as outlined in the Independent Schools Queensland 2016 Federal Election Statement.

A detailed list of the school-related education policies announced by the Coalition, Australian Labor Party and the Greens is listed below.

ISQ Election Updates

Election Update No.3 - June 2016

Election Update No.2 - May 2016

Election Update No.1 - March 2016

ISQ Election Media Statements and Opinion Articles

Executive Director Opinion - On Line Opinion: Hopefully a Final Word on “Gonski”

Executive Director Opinion - On Line Opinion: Look Beyond the Dollars Promised to Schools 

Media Release - Future Commonwealth Government Must Support Innovation Inside the School Gate

Media Release - Queensland Independent Schools Welcome 2016/17 School Funding Budget Announcements

Media Release - Independent Schools Welcome the ALP's Commitment to Education Funding 

ISQ Advertising

Independent Schools Queensland undertook a series of advertisements in local and regional newspapers covering 25 of the 30 Federal electorates in Queensland. Below is an example advertisement.

Example Advert

Diversity in Independent Schools

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education (download brochure)

Special Assistance Schools (download brochure)

Supporting Students With Disability (download brochure)

Policies of the Major Parties


Quality Schools, Quality Outcomes

Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) Pilots for Schools

Support for Indigenous Students to Stay in School

Coalition's Plan to Get More Kids Active

Education Minister Simon Birmigham's speech to AHISA/ISCA National Education Forum

Australian Labor Party

Your Child. Our Future.

Investing in Indigenous Students and Teachers

Targeted Teaching

Water Safe: Labor's Plan to Help our Kids Swim and Survive

Support for students with disability and additional learning needs

450,000 students will learn healthy food habits via Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's speech to AHISA/ISCA National Education Forum

The Greens

Disability Funding for Schools - Higher Funding for Higher Needs Enabling Schools to Enable Education

Equality for Everyone – The Greens' Plan for Inclusive Communities

Electoral Information

Queensland Federal Electorate profiles including Member of Parliament contact details and data showing students attending independent schools based on the most recent ABS National Census, are available via the links below.

All Electorate Maps & Profiles

Individual Electorate Maps & Profiles

Blair Flynn Maranoa
Bonner Forde McPherson
Bowman Griffith Moncrieff
Brisbane Groom Moreton
Capricornia Herbert Oxley
Dawson Hinkler Petrie
Dickson Kennedy Rankin
Fadden Leichhardt Ryan
Fairfax Lilley Wide Bay
Fisher Longman Wright

Facts and figures

AEC Group Report - Economic Significance of Independent Schools to the Queensland

ISCA Snapshot- this national publication provides key statistics related to the independent schools sector.

ISCA Position Statements

Useful Links

www.aec.gov.au - Australian Electoral Commission website has details of electorate boundaries and other useful information.

Contact Us

For further information, please contact:

David Robertson, Executive Director
Phone: (07) 3228 1515
Email: drobertson@isq.qld.edu.au

Authorised by D. Robertson, Executive Director, Independent Schools Queensland, 96 Warren Street, Spring Hill, Queensland 4000.