ISCA has written a letter to all members of the Australian Parliament to express concerns about the prospect of sudden and untimely changes to Australian Government funding arrangements for schools.
“Australia’s 1,100 Independent schools are extremely concerned about the current uncertainty around funding, which makes planning with confidence from next year extremely difficult,” ISCA Executive Director Colette Colman said.
"While on average, the majority of funding for Independent schools comes from parents, the Australian Government is the major public funder of Independent schools. This funding makes an important and valued contribution to the ongoing affordability and financial viability of Independent schools.
“Independent schools believe it is critical that all Federal members and senators have an accurate understanding of the nature of Independent schools and the significant contribution they make to the educational, economic and social well-being of Australia,” said Colman.
“With no system support to fall back on, sudden funding changes next year could result in unanticipated fee increases that many families and school communities will not be able to manage. We appreciate governments need to make fiscal decisions in the context of the broader budget and economy. However, given the lengthy lead times required for financial planning in schools, it is vital that they be given sufficient warning of any proposed changes.”