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A common sense interim solution

The Chief Executive of Independent Schools Victoria (ISV), Ms Michelle Green, today welcomed the belated interim agreement between the Victorian and Australian governments on school funding for the first half of 2019.

A political dispute between the two governments had left funding in doubt, creating unnecessary anxiety for Independent schools, especially those enrolling students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, who are disadvantaged or who have particular educational needs.

‘The agreement by the two governments to extend the negotiation period means schools will now receive the federal funds they were expecting early in the new year, to pay staff salaries and other essential operating costs,’ Ms Green said.

‘Without this funding, a number of ISV’s Member Schools faced major disruption and threats to their operations.

‘It is unacceptable that these schools – and their students – were subjected to this avoidable distress as they prepared for the new school year.

‘They can now plan with a degree of certainty.

‘Today’s decision is a common sense interim settlement, and we appreciate the way Australian Education Minister Dan Tehan worked to break the impasse.’

Media contact

Tom Hyland

ISV Media and Communications Advisor
0417 562 924
tom.hyland@is.vic.edu.au

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