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Federal election

Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) has a long and successful history of working to strengthen and expand schooling choice for Australian families.

ISQ steps up its focus on nationally significant education issues in the lead-up to and during a federal election. It works in partnership with its national body, the Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA), on developing a compelling national election agenda for independent schooling that is promoted to all major political parties and their candidates.

During an election campaign, ISQ undertakes numerous advocacy activities that highlight and reinforce the significant contribution Queensland independent schools make to education in Australia and to their local communities. ISQ issues a Federal Election Statement and regular Election Updates during the campaign period to keep member schools informed of its advocacy work as well as education announcements and policies of the major parties.

The last federal election was held on 2 July 2016; the first double dissolution election in almost 30 years. The national political landscape was confirmed with the Coalition, led by Malcolm Turnbull, securing a one-seat majority and the right to govern. In 2018 Malcolm Turnbull lost a leadership challenge and Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his new ministry were sworn in on 24 August 2018.

The Hon Dan Tehan MP has responsibility for the education portfolio. The Australian Parliament publishes a current list of Senators and Members of the House of Representatives.

Upcoming election

Voters are likely to go to the polls for the next federal election in May 2019. This would be an election for the House of Representatives and half the Senate. Information on this page will be updated as ISQ is informed of new policies and commitments.

Policies of the major parties

Coalition Government

Australian Labor Party

Commitments of the major parties

Coalition Government

Australian Labor Party


World Class Schools - National Press Club Address by Deputy Leader and Shadow Minister for Education and Training Tanya Plibersek 

Federal electorate reports

Independent Schools Queensland provides a high-level summary of key education data relating to independent school provision, student participation, and the economic value independent schools add to their local communities. View current federal electorate information including key education data related to the schools located in them, on the federal electorate reports page.

Useful links

Australian Electoral Commission Details electorate boundaries and other useful information

Independent Schools Council of Australia Snapshot National publication providing key statistics related to the independent schools sector

Independent Schools Council of Australia Electorate Map An interactive search for independent schools by electorate or school name


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