Published on 06 May 2016
The National Catholic Education Commission has welcomed Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s clear support for school education in his Budget-in-reply speech, reiterating the principles of the “Your Child. Our Future” policy announced in January.
Mr Shorten last night said he is committed to ensuring “every child, in every school, gets every opportunity for a great world-class education”.
NCEC executive director Ross Fox said Mr Shorten has laid the groundwork for school education to be a focus ahead of the election.
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Published on 04 May 2016
The National Catholic Education Commission says the additional recurrent funding confirmed in tonight’s federal Budget gives certainty on funding indexation to principals, school staff and families.
“Investment in schools to ensure quality teaching and learning is critical to the future of Australia,” NCEC executive director Ross Fox said.
The 2016-17 Commonwealth Budget confirmed there will be $1.2 billion in additional funding to support all Australian schools from 2018 to 2020. This reflects a commitment to indexation at 3.56 per cent for school funding beyond 2017. Over the forward estimates, funding for government schools will increase by 33 per cent, while funding for non-government schools, including Catholic schools, will increase by 22.7 per cent.
Published on 01 May 2016
The National Catholic Education Commission has welcomed the Coalition Government’s announcement of $1.2 billion in additional funding to support all Australian schools, saying it has placed school education at the centre of this year’s federal election campaign.
“Schools are important institutions in the community and well-directed investment in schools will determine the future of Australia as a society and an economy,” NCEC executive director Ross Fox said.
“Catholic education is pleased that the Government has today committed to future funding that reflects real costs for schools.”
Published on 20 April 2016
Non-government schools across Australia, including Catholic schools, stand to benefit from the Commonwealth Government’s announcement today that the transitional arrangements for non-government school financial reporting to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) will be extended by two years, the National Catholic Education Commission has said.
Since the ACNC was established, non-government schools’ existing reporting mechanisms have been accepted as fulfilling the reporting requirements under the ACNC legislation. The transition was originally scheduled to end in 2016, but the Government’s announcement has seen that transition period extended to include the 2016 and 2017 school years.
Published on 30 March 2016
When the leaders of Australia’s governments gather this week, providing certainty on school funding beyond 2017 should be a priority, the National Catholic Education Commission has said.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will meet with premiers and chief ministers on Friday, with Commonwealth funding for education and health expected to be on the agenda. Mr Turnbull has foreshadowed a key topic.
Parents of students in Catholic schools continue to pay almost 30 per cent of the cost of educating their child, on average, despite increases in government funding to meet the changing educational needs of students in Catholic schools, new government data shows.
School funding data on the My School website showed that the share of recurrent funding that Catholic school parents pay has been consistent in recent years at 29 per cent.
Published on 09 March 2016
The National Catholic Education Commission has welcomed the release of updated data on the My School website and said the recognition of schools that have achieved significant improvements should be used to support educators and students in all schools.
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority’s My School website was this morning updated with 2015 national assessment program (NAPLAN) results, 2015 profile and population data for each school, student attendance data broken down by Indigenous status and the 2014 financial information for each school, including capital expenditure and sources of funding.
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Published on 04 March 2016
National Catholic Education Commission executive director Ross Fox says Catholic schools are committed to creating safe environments that are free from bullying for all students, but a review of the Safe Schools Coalition is appropriate.
Two respected academics were last week chosen to lead the Government-initiated review of the program, which was intended to address bullying of same-sex attracted, bisexual, transgender and intersex students, teachers and staff.
“Everyone agrees that schools should be safe places free from bullying,” Mr Fox said.
Published on 05 February 2016
Students in non-government schools receive 58 per cent of the government funding a student in a government school receives. Recent increases in public funding for non-government schools reflect the changing profile of students in Catholic and independent schools, the National Catholic Education Commission has explained.
The Productivity Commission yesterday released its Report on Government Services for childcare, education and training. It includes data on schools up to 2014 and shows there has been a steady increase in the level of government support all schools receive.
Published on 01 February 2016
A new Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) report that underlines the similarities between Australia’s three school sectors – Catholic, government and independent – is helpful to inform discussion on school funding policy, the National Catholic Education Commission has said.
The One School Does Not Fit All report examines how educational choice in Australia has developed over two centuries and points out that attempts to stereotype the three sectors are misguided.
Published on 28 January 2016
The National Catholic Education Commission has welcomed today’s announcement from the Australian Labor Party that it plans to provide additional funding to school education in all Australian schools if they form the next Government.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Shadow Education Minister Kate Ellis today released Labor’s “Your Child. Our Future” education plan. Mr Shorten said if he becomes Prime Minister, the funding reforms outlined in the Gonski Review of Funding for Schooling will be delivered “on time and in full”.
Published on 11 December 2015
Parents of students in Catholic schools could pay an additional $370 million annually if a 15 per cent goods and services tax was imposed on school fees, the National Catholic Education Commission has warned.
According to figures from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, Catholic school parents paid almost $2.5 billion in fees to support their children’s education in 2013 – the most recent financial data available.
Published on 04 December 2015
The National Catholic Education Commission says the release of the 2015 NAPLAN testing national report will provide a reference for reflection on education policy directions and what needs attention in the next phase of the learning journey of Australian schools.
NCEC executive director Ross Fox said while NAPLAN is a snapshot in time and therefore has limitations, the national report helps educators understand the progress of Australian students and issues in Australian education.
Published on 01 December 2015
The National Catholic Education Commission has expressed its disappointment at a new report that uses selective, misleading and inaccurate information to cast government and non-government schools as competitors, rather than partners in Australia’s educational landscape.
In a report released today, the Australian Government Primary Principals Association has unfortunately repeated false assertions from earlier publications and failed to provide a useful platform from which school funding can be discussed.
Published on 21 September 2015
The National Catholic Education Commission has congratulated new Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham, saying Catholic schools look forward to working together to support education in all school sectors.
Senator Birmingham, who has served as Assistant Minister for Education and Training since last year, was promoted to his new role by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday.