The Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA) today welcomed the re-appointment of the Hon Dan Tehan MP as Minister for Education in the Morrison government.
AHISA CEO, Ms Beth Blackwood, said continuity of leadership in the education portfolio was important.
‘The Minister will have oversight of the National School Reform Agreement and a record investment by the federal government in schools,’ said Ms Blackwood. ‘Refinement of mechanisms to drive the federal funding model for non-government schools is still underway, and there are a number of significant new programs to be initiated, including the establishment of a national evidence institute and introduction of a national unique student identifier system. Minister Tehan’s experience in the portfolio and understanding of Australia’s school system will be helpful in progressing this work.’
AHISA also welcomed the appointment of the Hon Steve Irons MP as Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships, under the portfolio leadership of Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash as Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.
‘Following the Review of VET in Australia, the Government announced several major initiatives in vocational education and training in the 2019 Budget, including establishment of a National Careers Institute and National Skills Commission,’ said Ms Blackwood. ‘Schools play an important role in the delivery of vocational education and training in Australia, and in helping students to identify and prepare for career pathways. AHISA will be seeking to ensure that schools are accounted for as these initiatives are developed.’