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Government funded programs

The Queensland and Australian governments offer a range of funding programs aimed to support schools to improve the provision of education services and to level the playing field so that each young person can have reasonable access to participate in education.

Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) provides advice and assistance to schools on accessing and using government support. ISQ is also the Approved Authority to administer funding under the following Australian and Queensland government programs:

  • Teaching and School Leadership program
  • Students with Disability 
  • Vocational and Educational Training (VET) in Schools 
  • National School Chaplaincy Programme (NSCP) and Queensland Student Welfare Program (SWP)
  • Students in Out-of-Home Care 
  • Youth Support Initiative

Read more about ISQ's services available to member schools through the following initiatives and programs: 

Students First Support Fund/Reform Support Fund

The Students First Support Fund, an initiative of the Australian Government, provides ISQ with funding to support member schools. This includes the provision of information and advice to independent schools and facilitates the engagement of members in education policy development and implementation.

Started in 2015 and concluding at the end of 2017, this program aimed to:

  • improve quality teaching, including but not limited to implementing relevant national standards, frameworks and charters developed by Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).
  • improve quality learning, including but not limited to comprehensive literacy and numeracy support, increasing focus on the teaching of science, technology, engineering, maths and providing access to foreign language education.
  • empower school leadership, including but not limited to implementing relevant national standards, frameworks and charters, increasing parent and community engagement and conducting objective assessments of school performance and practices to inform improvement planning and ongoing monitoring.
  • meet student need, including but not limited to conducting specific activities to support Indigenous students and students with a disability.
  • improve transparency and accountability, including but not limited to supporting improvements to school governance arrangements, financial management practices, record-keeping, data quality and public accountability

The Students First Support Fund 2017 Outcomes Report details each of the activities and projects that ISQ was able to provide to member schools as a result of this funding in 2017. This funding has been replaced by the Reform Support Fund.

Teaching and School Leadership program

The Queensland Government’s Teaching and School Leadership program aims to lift the professional standards of teachers and provide schools with greater autonomy to suit the needs of their students and communities. Funding received under this program can be used by schools for the following activities that support teacher quality. ISQ's Great Teachers in Independent Schools (GTIS) is a comprehensive suite of programs and services that support independent schools to achieve the objectives of the Queensland Government's initiative. Read more about the suite of programs and services offered to member schools through the GTIS flagship program.

ISQ's flagship program Great Teachers in Independent Schools (GTIS) is a comprehensive suite of programs and services that support independent schools to achieve the objectives of the Queensland Government's initiative. Read more about the suite of programs and services offered to member schools through the GTIS flagship program.

School Transport Assistance Scheme

The Non-State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme (NSSTAS) provides financial assistance to transport eligible students to non-state schools located outside the Brisbane City Council boundary.

The Scheme is jointly managed by Independent Schools Queensland and the Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC). It is administered by QCEC on behalf of all non-state schools and is funded by the State of Queensland with the assistance of the Department of Education, Training and Employment. 

Parents and carers can apply to this scheme in May and October on the NSSTAS website.

Note, as part of its duty of care obligation, schools must ensure that students are transported safely. ISQ provides more information about this obligation on the Student transport web page. 

Youth Support Initiative

The Queensland Government Youth Support Initiative focuses on supporting young people in years 10 to 12 who are disengaged, or at risk of disengaging, from learning. The aim of the program is to help these students re-engage with their schooling or transition to further education, training or employment.

ISQ is administering funding for the Youth Support Initiative to eligible ISQ member schools from 2018 to 2020.  Eligible schools will be invited to apply each year for the duration of the program.

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