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Government relations

Queensland independent schools operate in accordance with legislative, regulatory and policy frameworks set and overseen by the Australian and Queensland governments.

It is critical, that as the key advocate for independent schools, Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ), engages strongly with government ministers and their departments to safeguard the autonomy of independent schools while advocating for continuous improvement and reform in key areas of school education policy and operations.

Representation

ISQ maintains a strong voice and a seat at the table of more than 140 federal, state and local boards, councils, advisory groups and committees, as detailed in the latest ISQ Annual Report. This representation ensures the needs and interests of independent schools are well represented while also giving ISQ advance notice of any significant reform proposals or changes that could impact member schools.

Submissions and research

ISQ makes formal submissions on significant education policy reform proposals or reviews. These submissions are informed by the sector and backed by ISQ-commissioned research, data and policy analysis, including through ISQ’s Our Schools – Our Future research program.

Member communication

ISQ keeps Queensland independent schools well informed of its advocacy work and government announcements and updates through publications including executive memos, Briefings, weekly information updates and social media channels such as LinkedIn and Twitter.

Upcoming Events

ISQ Briefings - April 2018 edition

24 April 2018 - In the April edition of Briefings, ISQ Executive Director David Robertson  responds to continuing divisive media coverage on school funding, while ISQ Director (Education Services) Josephine Wise writes about recent discoveries around school pedagogical practices for high achievement.

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ISQ Hosts Federal Education Minister

17 April 2018 - ISQ was pleased to host Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham who updated independent and Catholic school leaders on the progress of key national education reform initiatives at a forum at ISQ's Professional Learning Centre.

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Schools Reinvest Surplus Funds

12 April 2018 - Grammar schools, like all independent schools, are not-for-profit institutions, which means all funds must be used to fulfil and further their education mission to students.

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