Australia Votes – Federal Election 2019

Australians will go to the polls on 18 May to elect their next Commonwealth Government. 

The Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network has created a dedicated 2019 federal election web page and explains why being informed about the policies of the major parties matters for independent schools and their families.

Do you know how independent schools are funded? Do you know which level of government independent schools rely on for most of their public funding?

When the total amount of funds Queensland independent schools receive per student is tallied up, it shows that:

  • 48% is sourced from parents and other private sources
  • 39% comes from the Australian Government
  • 13% comes from the Queensland Government

Source: ACARA National Report on Schooling in Australia Data Portal, Non-government schools income and expenditure 2017.

Given the Australian Government provides the lion’s share of public funding for independent schools, the education policies and commitments made this election have the potential to impact independent schools and their families.

2019 Federal Election Education Policies and Commitments


Education Policies
Media Releases

Australian Labor Party

Education Policies

National Platform – Chapter 7 – Education

Media Releases

World Class Schools – National Press Club Address by Deputy Leader and Shadow Minister for Education and Training Tanya Plibersek 

The Australian Greens

Education Policies

Fully Funded Public Schools
Free TAFE and University

Advocating for Independent School Communities

A range of representative bodies advocate for the interests of independent schools, their students and parents, particularly during election campaigns.

Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ)

ISQ Federal Election Statement – 5 Policy Pillars for Education Choice and Diversity
ISQ Federal Election web page

Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA)

Analysis of Education Policies of the Major Parties
ISCA Federal Election web page

Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA)

AHISA Strengths-based Approach to Education Policy Development

Australian Parents Council (APC)

APC Federal Election Statement on Education
APC Federal Election parent guide

Other Election Resources

Australian Electoral Commission

Authorised by S. Kloeden, Executive Officer, Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network, 96 Warren St, Spring Hill Qld 4000.