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Agreement on Commonwealth Government Funding for Catholic Schools

MEDIA STATEMENT

NCEC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ROSS FOX

The National Catholic Education Commission has today welcomed the commitment of all state and territory Catholic education Commissions to the Commonwealth Government’s funding arrangements now known as the ‘Better Schools Plan’.

This ongoing constructive engagement with the Australian Government enables planning to commence to implement the ‘Better Schools Plan’ funding arrangements arising from the Australian Education Act which was passed on 26 June.

Scott Prasser Article New School Funding arrangements

Article by Scott Prasser It is interesting how he captures that how under the Rudd government the “Gonski school funding reforms” have become the “new school funding arrangements following the report of David Gonski”

Tasmanian Catholic Schools Parents Council

Just prior to Christmas the Archbishop of Hobart, formally gave approval for the winding up of the Tasmanian Catholic Schools Parents and Friends Federation and the formation of the Tasmanian Catholic Schools Parents Council.

This has allowed for a restructuring and the establishment of School/College Nominees representing Catholic School communities across the state, who all meet twice per year and any business to be transacted between these meetings, will be undertaken by the Executive Committee.

A copy of the Archbishop’s letter can be viewed by clicking on this link . 
Archbishop

 If you would like any further information contact the Executive Officer on (03) 6272 4209.

Flexible Child Care

A new child care centre to be opened by Centacare in Hobart's Northern Suburbs will offer flexible casual care to suit the needs of modern families. Centacare Tasmania Executive Director Tim Gourlay said the new centre at 35 Tower Road, New Town, will cater specifically for families who need flexible rather than full time care when it opens on November 19. “This might be for casual or part-time work, shiftwork, studying, shopping, respite or to attend appointments,” Mr Gourlay said. “Bookings can be made at short notice and families will be charged only for the hours they book – which could be by the hour, session or day.” The centre, which will be run by Centrecare Tasmania Child Care Services, will open from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday and will cater for children up to the age of 12. Mr Gourlay said it will offer both permanent and casual bookings. “Casual bookings are especially valuable to parents who work on a casual basis and might not be able to afford to pay for child care when they don’t have work. “Flexible hours will also allow parents to introduce their children to care by enrolling them for short periods. The centre’s small size means that brothers and sisters will be able to stay together because there will not need to be age group separation.” The new service has Commonwealth Government approval so that families will be able to access their entitlements under the Child Care Benefit and Rebate Scheme. For more information phone 1300 119 455 or email

 

AUSTRALIAN PARENTS COUNCIL (APC) TURNS 50

Saturday 25th August 2012, marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Australian Parents Council. 50 years since the Goulburn incident In 1962, where the focus of the fight for state aid to Catholic and Independent schools. An education strike was called in response to a demand for installation of three extra toilets at a local Catholic primary school, St Brigid's. The local Catholic archdiocese closed down all local Catholic primary schools and sent the children to the government schools. The Catholic authorities declared that they had no money to install the extra toilets. Nearly 1,000 children turned up to be enrolled locally and the state schools were unable to accommodate them. The strike lasted only a week but generated national debate. In 1963 the prime minister, Robert Menzies, made state aid for science blocks part of his party's platform.

To make this special occasion APC Annual Conference was held over the 24-26 August 2012 in Sydney, NSW. An opening cocktail function was held to mark this event with the Hon Peter Garrett Minister for Education and Senator Brett Mason in attendance. The Minister Hon Peter Garrett and the Opposition Leader Hon Tony Abbott have issued the statements congratulating APC on this milestone.

 Hon Peter Garrett

 Hon Tony Abbott

 Senator Jacinta Collins address the APC Conference on Saturday and congratulated APC on its milestone and extensive work in parental engagement. Senator Collins release can be read by clicking the following link. https://www.ministers.deewr.gov.au/collins/australian-parents-council-celebrates-50-years-advocacy

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