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Schools Assistance (Learning Together—Achievement Through Choice and Opportunity) Bill 2004

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2004

 

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

THE SENATE

 

 

Schools Assistance (Learning Together—Achievement

Through Choice and Opportunity) Bill 2004

 

 

Schedule of the amendments made by the Senate

 

 

 

 

 

(1)     Opp (1) [Sheet 4459]

          Clause 4, page 7 (after line 6), after the definition of location proposal , insert:

need means an assessment of the educational and financial circumstances of a school and its community, including the varying educational programs required for individual students and groups of students to achieve national educational goals and the level of recurrent and capital resources available to a school from all public and private sources.

(2)     Opp (2) [Sheet 4459]

          Clause 14, page 17 (after line 18), after paragraph (1)(a), insert:

                    (aa)  a commitment by the State to give priority in the allocation of funding according to need; and

(3)     Opp (3) [Sheet 4459]

          Clause 14, page 18 (lines 30 to 33), omit paragraph (1)(l), substitute:

                      (l)  a commitment by the State that:

                              (i)  appointments of staff in each government school will be made with the approval of the principal, or the governing body, of the school; and

                             (ii)  such appointments will take account of the relationship of the school to the relevant state authority and the need for system wide strategies to recruit teaching staff where there are shortages in particular geographical and curriculum areas; and



(4)     Opp (4) [Sheet 4459]

          Page 19 (after line 21), after clause 14, insert:

14A  Principles for reporting on students’ learning and school performance

                   For the purposes of subsections 14(1) and (2), including but not limited to the reporting requirements in paragraphs 14(1)(c), (d), (e), (n), (p) and (r) and related paragraphs 19(3)(d), (e) and (f), the agreement must include reporting on students’ learning and schools’ performance that is consistent with the following principles:

                     (a)  reporting by schools to parents and to the community must always be in the educational interests of students;

                     (b)  information from school reports is to provide assistance to schools and to teachers to inquire into students’ learning needs and to develop teaching programs for those students;

                     (c)  reporting by schools on students’ learning must include a comprehensive range of information on related factors that includes:

                              (i)  the total resources available to each school from all sources;

                             (ii)  enrolment policies and practices, including information on the enrolment of indigenous students and students with disabilities;

                            (iii)  student admission and exclusion policies and practices;

                            (iv)  qualifications and accreditation standings of teaching staff;

                             (v)  curriculum offerings at the school; and

                            (vi)  policies and programs for student discipline and welfare, anti-bullying and child protection;

                     ( d)  the content and format of school reports are to be developed following consultation with parents and school community organisations.

(5)     Opp (5) [Sheet 4459]

          Clause 31, page 30 (after line 18), after paragraph (a), insert:

                    (aa)  a commitment by the relevant authority to give priority in the allocation of funding according to need;

(6)     Opp (6) [Sheet 4459]

          Clause 31, page 31 (line 30) to page 32 (line 2), omit paragraph (l), substitute:

                      (l)  a commitment by the relevant authority that:

                              (i)  appointments of staff in each school or each school in the approved school system will be made with the approval of the principal, or the governing body, of the school or each of those schools; and

                             (ii)  such appointments will take account of the relationship of the school to the relevant school or system authority and the need for system wide strategies to recruit teaching staff where there are shortages in particular geographical and curriculum areas;



(7)     Opp (7) [Sheet 4459]

          Page 32 (after line 28), after clause 31, insert:

31A  Principles for reporting on students’ learning and school performance

                   For the purposes of section 31, including but not limited to the reporting requirements in paragraphs 31(1)(c), (d), (e), (n), (p) and (r) and related paragraphs 36(3)(d), (e) and (f), the agreement must include reporting on students’ learning and schools’ performance that is consistent with the following principles:

                     (a)  reporting by schools to parents and to the community must always be in the educational interests of students;

                     (b)  information from school reports is to provide assistance to schools and to teachers to inquire into students’ learning needs and to develop teaching programs for those students;

                     (c)  reporting by schools on students’ learning must include a comprehensive range of information on related factors that includes:

                              (i)  the total resources available to each school from all sources;

                             (ii)  enrolment policies and practices, including information on the enrolment of Indigenous students and students with disabilities;

                            (iii)  student admission and exclusion policies and practices;

                            (iv)  qualifications and accreditation standings of teaching staff;

                             (v)  curriculum offerings at the school; and

                            (vi)  policies and programs for student discipline and welfare, anti-bullying and child protection;

                     (d)  the content and format of school reports are to be developed following consultation with parents and school community organisations.

(8)     Dem (13) [Sheet 4436 Revised]

          Clause 34, page 34 (after line 7), at the end of the clause, add:

             (3)  The agreement must include a commitment by the relevant authority for a non-government school or approved school system to ensure that all sources of gross income received by the authority in operating the school, as well as all gross expenditure, recurrent or capital and the purposes for which Commonwealth funds have been used in the previous program year, is made publicly available within 6 months of the end of the previous program year.

(9)     Dem (16) [Sheet 4436 Revised]

          Clause 36, page 36 (line 3), at the end of subclause (3), add:

             ; and (g)  ensure that the exclusion policy and practices of the school or each school in the approved school system are made publicly available.



(10)   Opp (8) [Sheet 4459]

          Clause 69, page 63 (after line 17), at the end of the clause, add:

             (3)  Financial assistance for capital expenditure under subsections (1) and (2) will be allocated to schools according to need and on the basis of system wide priorities that have been determined through arrangements that have provided an advisory role for representatives of parents in the setting of those priorities.

(11)   Opp (9) [Sheet 4459]

          Clause 99, page 82 (after line 20), at the end of the clause, add:

             (3)  Financial assistance for capital expenditure under subsections (1) and (2) will be allocated to schools according to need and on the basis of system wide priorities in the case of approved non-government school systems, or state-wide priorities in the case of independent schools, that have been determined through arrangements that have provided an advisory role for representatives of parents in the setting of those priorities.

(12)   Dem (18) [Sheet 4436 Revised]

          Page 109 (after line 8), at the end of Division 6, add:

138A  Ministerial review of school resources

             (1)  The Minister must cause an independent review of the resources of all schools before 31 December 2005.

             (2)  The review required by subsection (1) must:

                     (a)  report on the buildings, facilities and equipment available at every school; and

                     (b)  examine the future provision of appropriate buildings, facilities and equipment.

             (3)  The report must contain recommendations about the funding of schools to meet basic infrastructure standards, having regard to the matters mentioned in subsection (2).

             (4)  The persons undertaking the review must consult:

                     (a)  the Commonwealth and the States;

                     (b)  the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs schools resourcing taskforce; and

                     (c)  a broad range of persons with expertise in or experience of relevant disciplines;

and the views of the Commonwealth, the States and the persons mentioned in paragraph (c) must be set out in the report to the extent that it is reasonably practicable to do so.

             (5)  The Minister must cause to be tabled in each house of the Parliament a written report of the review within 15 sitting days after 31 December 2005.



(13)   Dem (R19) [Sheet 4436 Revised]

          Page 109 (after line 8), at the end of Division 6, add:

138B  Review of impact of Act

             (1)  The Minister must cause an independent review of the impact on the primary and secondary education sector of the reforms enacted through this Act to be completed before 30 June 2006.

             (2)  The Minister must cause to be tabled in each house of the Parliament a written report of the review within 15 sitting days after 30 June 2006.

             (3)  Without limiting the scope of the review, the reviewers must, among other things, consider the following:

                     (a)  the establishment of base line consistent and comparable data on school funding;

                     (b)  an analysis of the future direction of Australian schooling under present funding arrangements;

                     (c)  the principles which should underlie Australian Government funding of schools, including its relationship to State or Territory funding;

                     (d)  the establishment of a national standard of basic school amenities that comply with occupational health and safety standards.

             (4)  The persons undertaking the review must consult:

                     (a)  the Commonwealth and the States;

                     (b)  the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs schools resourcing taskforce; and

                     (c)  a broad range of persons with expertise in or experience of relevant disciplines;

and the views of the Commonwealth, the States and the persons mentioned in paragraph (c) must be set out in the report to the extent that it is reasonably practicable to do so.

             (5)  The report must contain recommendations about amendments that should be made to this Act, having regard to the matters mentioned in subsection (3).

 

 

 

 

 

 

HARRY EVANS

Clerk of the Senate

 

 

The Senate

6 December 2004