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The 2013-14 Queensland State Budget was released on the 4 June 2013.

 Education spending highlights include:

  •  $100 million as part of the Fixing Our Schools Fund to revitalise schools and ensure students are learning in better facilities.
  • $4.9 million for 60 state schools to become Independent Public Schools as part of a $21 million funding commitment over four years.
  • 724 additional teachers and teacher aides to be allocated in response to enrolment growth and students with special needs.
  • Up to $6 million towards boosting prep teacher aide hours in schools of the greatest need, delivering an extra 9,000 teacher aide hours per week by 2015-16.
  • $6.5 million on literacy and numeracy grants as part of the Getting the Basics Right initiative in state and non-state schools.
  • $3.2 million on extra support to students with a disability for speech pathology services in Queensland schools.
  • Student welfare services and chaplaincy will also receive a boost with an extra $250,000

The Budget at a Glance can be accessed here -

http://www.budget.qld.gov.au/budget-papers/2013-14/queensland-state-budget-at-a-glance-2013-14.pdf

The Budget Speech can be accessed here -

http://www.budget.qld.gov.au/budget-papers/2013-14/bp1-2013-14.pdf

 

 

2013 Queensland Floods: Update

Our thoughts and prayers are with the many Queenslanders who have again suffered much damage from recent flooding and cyclonic weather.

Many families have lost homes and businesses, and we would encourage ACS members to support schools and their communities affected by the floods.

Associated Christian Schools: 2013 Study Tour to the US - Itinerary

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On behalf of members of Associated Christian Schools, it is with great pleasure and delight that we honour Allan and offer our congratulations and encouragement on his 25th anniversary as Headmaster of Redlands College.

From its foundations through to 2013, Redlands College has developed into one of the shining lights of Christian education under his leadership, under the banner of Christ centred excellence. Redlands has inspired and encouraged principals and developing school leaders with what can be achieved through prayer, outstanding leadership and a focus on the vision.

Redlands serves as a flagship model for many schools, especially in the areas of innovation and technology. Congratulations, Allan on your leadership of Redlands to bring the college to this landmark.

Allan’s legacy is far-reaching, from lobbying governments, establishing Christian organisations such as ACS, his tenure as Chairman of Independent Schools Queensland, impacting the education of indigenous students through his involvement with Gulf Christian College, to offering wisdom to younger and less experienced leaders.

In the words of Matthew Chapter 25 verse 21: 'Well done, good and faithful servant! “

Associated Christian Schools has been established since the end of 2009, based on four Foundation Pillars: A Friendship of Christian Believers Engaged in Education, Christian Thinking for a Better World, Building Christian Educational Communities and Christian Influence. As part of establishing and developing the pillar of Christian Influence, our strategic plan has included the development of strategic relationships at a national level.

  We have much pleasure in announcing that, by mutual agreement between the respective boards, Associated Christian Schools (a group of 29 QLD schools representing 19,500 students), have become a group member of the Australian Association of Christian Schools. It is delightful to be working together again, building on a relationship that previously existed when ACS member schools were a part of AACS. In addition to the membership of ACS, other members of this national advocacy group comprise: 68 members of Christian Educational National (CEN), 8 members of Swan Christian Education Association (SCEA), 6 St Philip’s Campuses and 10 non-aligned member schools.

 AACS has existed for over twenty five years and has developed strong ties with successive federal governments and their officers in building a better understanding of the needs of Christian schools. Through co-operative representation with other peak bodies and direct advocacy on behalf of member schools, AACS has been able to speak into the policy development and administrative processes across the length and breadth of school related issues.

As we face a very challenging time ahead in the history of non-government schooling, we look forward to working in fellowship together around the issues that go to sustaining a credible and robust future for Christ-centred schooling.

The Australian Government has announced details regarding the project to consolidate Commonwealth anti‑discrimination laws into a single Act.  The Attorney-General, the Hon Nicola Roxon MP and the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Senator the Hon Penny Wong, have released exposure draft legislation for the Human Rights and Anti‑Discrimination Bill 2012.

The Bill consolidates the 5 existing Commonwealth anti-discrimination acts into a single comprehensive law. The Bill was drafted following these key principles:

  • Lift differing levels of protections to the highest current standard, to resolve gaps and inconsistencies without diminishing protections.
  • Clearer and more efficient laws provide greater flexibility in their operation, with no substantial change in practical outcome.
  • Enhance protections where the benefits outweigh any regulatory impact.
  • Voluntary measures that business can take to assist their understanding of obligations and reduce occurrences of discrimination.
  • A streamlined complaints process, to make it more efficient to resolve disputes that do arise.

Further information on the consolidation project and the public consultation process will be placed on the website at www.ag.gov.au/antidiscrimination as it becomes available. Attached is  the exposure draft Bill and explanatory material, as well as a short fact sheet and the Ministers’ media release.

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