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Minister, Opposition Leader Share Educational Hopes with NCEC 2016

Friday, June 24, 2016

The joint hosts of the National Catholic Education Commission Conference 2016 have said the presence of Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten at the gathering of 1,400 Catholic educators shows the value the politicians place on the role of Catholic schools in Australian society.

“With just 12 days until the federal election, Minister Birmingham and Mr Shorten have prioritised this event to explain their parties’ vision for Australian education and the important role that the 1,731 Catholic schools across Australia play in that educational enterprise,” NCEC executive director Ross Fox said in a media release issued on Monday.

Tim McDonald, executive director of Catholic Education Western Australia, said the visit “strengthens the already close bond that the 163 Catholic schools in Western Australia have with local and national political leaders in supporting the education of 78,000 students in all parts of the state”.

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From the Campaign Trail: Education Issues Week Six

Friday, June 17, 2016
During the federal election campaign, This Week in Catholic Education will provide a summary of some of the key education policy announcements:


1,300 to celebrate Catholic Education’s Contribution at Conference

Friday, June 17, 2016

The vast contribution of Catholic schools locally, nationally and internationally will be showcased for the 1,300 delegates who will attend the largest ever NCEC conference in Perth starting this weekend. READ MORE

From the Campaign Trail: Key Education Announcements.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

During the federal election campaign, This Week in Catholic Education will provide a summary of some of the key education policy announcements:

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Voters Support Needs-based School Funding

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fifty-five per cent of voters support the concept of needs-based funding for Australian schools, according to responses on the ABC’s Vote Compass website and app.

More than 240,000 had responded to the questionnaire, which seeks to help voters understand how their views on a range of issues align with political parties, when the ABC reported on voters’ views on school funding last week.

The support for needs-based funding ranged between 51 and 60 per cent across various income levels, with disagreement 30 per cent or lower at all income levels. 

National Catholic Education Commission executive director Ross Fox said the high support for needs-based funding isn’t surprising – and, in fact, needs-based criteria have been used to allocate funding in Catholic school systems for decades. READ MORE

Election: Key Education Policy Announcements

Friday, June 03, 2016

Federal Election: From the campaign trail - Key Education Policy Announcements.

During the federal election campaign, This Week in Catholic Education is providing a summary of some of the key education policy announcements.
This week:

  • Coalition announces support for school sport
  • Labor announces it won’t reinstate Schoolkids Bonus
  • Coalition announces plan to address safety in schools
  • Labor commits $21 million to Asian language teaching

Catholic Education: Current Issues you Need to Know

Friday, June 03, 2016
The following information is provided to foster an understanding around some of the key facts about Catholic schools in Australia and the key issues facing Catholic education today and in the coming years.

This briefing should be read in conjunction with Funding Principles for Catholic SchoolsCatholic Schools in Australia 2016 and information available on the NCEC School Funding Website.

Key facts about Catholic schools

• More than 765,000 students attend 1,731 Catholic schools across Australia.
• With 91,000 staff 
• Catholic schools receive significant government funding, which covers 71 % of
   the cost of schooling, on average. Fees & private income cover the rest.
• Government funding for Catholic school students is 17 % lower than funding
   for government school students, on average.
• Catholic schools are welcoming and inclusive communities, with the number
  of students with disability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  doubling over the past decade.
• Almost one-third of students in Catholic schools are non-Catholic.

Key issues for Catholic school

1. Respect for religious freedom in Catholic schools. Catholic schools, respecting the rights and freedoms of parents and carers to choose schooling for their children in the Catholic tradition, should continue to be free to form and instruct students in the Catholic faith and celebrate the faith as an integral and inseparable activity of the Catholic school.

2. Government funding that keeps pace with school costs. If government funding for Catholic schools fails to keep pace with school costs, that could lead to even larger fee increases, affect school quality or lead to school closures.

3. Government funding that is needs-based. School funding should reflect students’ learning needs, with greater educational need attracting additional funding. Catholic schools’ commitment to meeting the learning needs of all students requires appropriate government funding.

4. Government funding to support the construction of new Catholic schools. More than 70 new Catholic schools are planned in the next five years to meet growing demand for school places. Without additional capital funding, these schools may not be built. Government funding is also needed to maintain and upgrade existing Catholic schools.

5. Respect for the autonomy of Catholic schools. The ability of Catholic schools and systems to meet the local needs of a school community is one of their strengths. Government funding arrangements should respect the identity, integrity and autonomy of Catholic school and education systems.

FUNDING SOURCES FOR SCHOOLS IN NEW SOUTH WALES



For more information visit the NCEC School funding Website:


Federal Election: From the campaign trail - Week 2

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
During the federal election campaign, This Week in Catholic Education from the National Catholic Education Commission will provide a summary of some of the key policy announcements. READ MORE
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Election: From the campaign trail ... Week one

Thursday, May 12, 2016
During the federal election campaign, This Week in Catholic Education from the National Catholic Education Commission will provide a summary of some of the key policy announcements. READ MORE

Budget: School Funding

Wednesday, May 04, 2016
The 2016-17 Federal Budget includes an agreement to fund schools to the tune of $1.2 billion between 2018 and 2020, What does this really mean?

Find out what Everyone is Talking About ....
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