Media Releases 2017

23-06-2017 The week that was Gonski 2.0

 09-05-2017 Budget first: a fairer funding model for education

02-05-2017 Twenty-Seven into One Gonski does go

17-03-2017 National Parents Voice Supports National Day of of Action

21-03-2017 Harmony Day 2017

Media Release Archive

28-10-16 World Teachers Day

8-07-16 It's more than just Medicare it's Education too

26-05-16 Public Education Day

26-05-16 National Sorry Day

3-05-16 Budget 2016

1-04-16 Prime Minister abandons Public Education

10-03-16 ACSSO Congratulates Michele Bruniges

23-02-16 Schools should be Safe Schools

28-01-16 Welcome back for the 2016 school year 

10-11-15 ACSSO announces new Driving Skills partnership with Ford Australia 

30-10-15 Happy Teachers Day

This week we celebrate Teachers Day and have the opportunity to thank all our teachers across Australia

14-09-2015 New ACSSO President

ACSSO would like to congratulate the newly elected President Phillip Spratt

13-02-2015 Teacher classroom readiness acknowledges the importance of engaging with families

ACSSO believes that quality pre-service training and quality early career mentoring are essential elements in ensuring new teachers enter the workforce well prepared for the classroom.

15-01-2015 Parents welcome President Obama’s commitment.

Parents welcome President Obama’s commitment to protect school children from data mining and demand similar safeguards for Australian students

20-03-2015 Bullying No Way - Parents Support National Day of Action

National peak voice of parents in government schools, would like to add its support for todays fifth Annual National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.

21-03-2015 Celebrating 15 years of Harmony Day

March 21 is officially recognised as Harmony Day cross Australia and the ACSSO encourages school communities to take time to reflect and celebrate the diversity of our nation.

12-05-2015 Missing in budget - Increased Education funding

'It is clear from tonight's budget that education, and in particular public education is not a priority for this government'

16-07-2014 Parents Outraged By Donnelly's Comments

"Words fail me" claimed Peter Garrigan, President, Australian Council of State School Organisations' (ACSSO) on hearing co-chair of the Australian Curriculum Review, Kevin Donnelly comments regarding the effectiveness of corporal punishment.

19-06-2014 High Court Decision Welcomed

The Australian Council of State School Organisations welcomes the high court decision with regards to federal funding chaplains in our nation's public schools. In particular, we congratulate Ron Williams on his efforts.

23-05-2014 Walk Safely To School Day 2014

22-05-2014 There is so Much to Celebrate in Public Education

"This day provides an opportunity to highlight the wonderful achievements of public education as a cornerstone of Australian society," announced Peter Garrigan, President of ACSSO.

21-05-2014 ACSSO Celebrates Public Education Achievements

"The Australian Council of State School Organisations were extremely pleased and honoured to be a part of this great event" remarked Peter Garrigan, President, following the Public Education Annual Awards Night held at Sydney Town Hall last night.

14-05-2014 Budget 2014-15

"The future of this nation lies in the hands of its youth" this was the view today of Peter Garrigan, President of the Australian Council of State School Organisations, "if this was indeed a budget about long term investment in our future - then it has failed".

03-03-2014 Student Data Mining Should Be Banned!

Australia's peak parenting body is calling on schools and education authorities to ban technology companies from being able to mine student data for potential marketing purposes..

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04-12-13 Investing in Education is a PISA Cake

The latest PISA results clearly show the importance for the Abbott Government to embrace the Gonski recommendations to provide more equitable funding arrangements for Australian schools" said Peter Garrigan, ACSSO President.

28-11-13 Parents call on Federal Government to Unite with States and Honour School Funding Promise

"Investment in education is the key to Australia's future, as economic research shows it is the biggest driver of increased productivity. "Without this investment, Australia will fall behind it's competitors."

25-10-13 World Teachers Day

16-09-13 Congratulations to the new Minister - Lets Engage Parents

The peak voice for parents in government schools congratulates the Hon Christopher Pyne on his appointment as Minister of Education in the newly elected Federal Government.

04-09-13 Parents Fear Australian Schools Risk Missing Out on Billions

Parents fear Australian schools will miss out on billions of dollars if the federal Coalition is elected on September 7, despite it's leader Tony Abbott claiming he is on a "Unity Ticket" with Labor on schools funding. ACSSO President Peter Garrigan said parents welcomed Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's pledge to match the federal government's Better Schools funding over the next four years.

03-09-13 Making Schools Greater With Funding Guarantee

"Public Education should be one of the highest priorities in this year's Federal Election" said Angus McCoy, a father of three children who all attend Nakara Primary School in Darwin's northern suburbs.... "We need the Federal and Territory Governments to commit to a funding model that benefits all levels of education, from pre-school through to tertiary studies."

02-09-13 Parents Want Funding Guarantee (Lindsay Electorate)

"In this year's Federal Election we want Public Education to be of the highest priority" said Rachael Giblin, mother of 2, her eldest attending Claremont Meadows Public School in Western Sydney. Rachael and her husband Daniel have two girls, Makayla , 7, who is currently in year 2 and Emily 3. Emily has a disability that will need extra support when she eventually starts school in 2016...

30-08-13 Parents Look for Funding Guarantee for Their Child's School

"In this years Federal Election we want Public Education to be of the highest priority" said father of two, Peter Breckenridge.

05-08-13 Greater Flexibility and Quality to Meet Parent Need

"Parents are pleased to hear today's announcements about the significant investment of funds into Out of Hours School Care" (OHSC) claimed Peter Garrigan, President of the Australian Council of State School Organisations. "There has been a call for some time for additional places in many areas where the demand has been high".

01-07-13 Congratulations to the new Minister the Hon. Bill Shorten

The peak voice for parents in government schools congratulates the Hon Bill Shorten on his appointment as Minister of the Schools.

28-06-13 PM Commits To Funding Reform

"ACSSO welcomes the Prime Minister's commitment to a more equitable funding system for education in our nation" stated Peter Garrigan, ACSSO President.

26-06-2013 Gonski Gets Up - Everyone Needs To Get On Board!

ACSSO welcomes the passing of the Australian Education Bill through the Senate today and celebrates the movement towards a more equitable funding system for education in our nation. However, ACSSO is urging all the states and territories leaders to sign up so this gain can be spread to every young Australian.

12-06-13 Australian parents want a ban on data mining in schools

09-06-13 Australian parents want a ban on data mining in schools to protect children from online advertising

A new survey has revealed Australian parents overwhelmingly object to their children’s data being mined at school for potential online advertising and want the practice banned.

23-05-13 Parents Celebrate Public Education Day

Today, May 23rd, Public Education Day is celebrated in public school communities across Australia.

23-03-13 Healthy Family, Healthy Nation – WALK SAFELY TO SCHOOL DAY 2013

HEALTHY FAMILY, HEALTHY NATION – WALK SAFELY TO SCHOOL DAY 2013 “Taking every opportunity to walk as a family is a great way to improve the overall health of our nation” claims Peter Garrigan, President of Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO).

23-04-13 NSW Signs Up First!

“We congratulate the NSW government on putting aside political differences and entering a bi-partisan agreement for the benefit of children of New South Wales” stated Peter Garrigan, President of the Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) on hearing of the Prime Ministers announcement.

19-04-13 A Sad Day For Public Education

“Parents of Australia are bitterly disappointed with the outcome of today’s COAG meeting”. This is the view of Peter Garrigan, President, Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO). “It is incomprehensible that our political leaders squandered an opportunity to make the most significant investment in Australia’s future.”

19-04-13 Australias Future Is In The Balance

"It is imperative that as a nation we support the education of our young", stated Peter Garrigan, President of the Australian Council of State School Organisations

14-04-13 ACSSO Welcomes Funding Plan

The Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) has welcomed the announcement of the Prime Minister, of the National Plan for School Improvement (NPIS) that would see a further $14.5 billion public investment into our schools over the next six years.

03-04-13 No Time To Waste - Education Funding Reform

“Public Schools can ill-afford to lose any money let alone $390 million” says Peter Garrigan, President of the Australian Council of State School Organisations today after reading the recent analysis by Dr Jim McMorrow

21-03-13 Working Together in Harmony - Celebrating Harmony Day 2013

Today is officially recognised as Harmony Day cross Australia and the Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) encourages school communities to take this time to reflect and celebrate the diversity of our nation.

27-02-13 Pyne will not change Education Funding

We read with absolute disbelief the words of Christopher Pyne, Shadow Minister for Education, in the transcript of his ABC radio interview

23-02-13 Who is working for our children?

The Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) is appalled at the announcements made today by the Victorian Government at what seems to be once again a further attack on public education

03-02-13 Gonski campaign 2013 launch

29-01-13 Welcome back – it’s time to engage and act

Over the next few days schools across Australia will be opening their doors to a brand new school year.

25-02-13 Reading with your child – an important time for families

Whether with a story book, a newspaper, catalogue or on an e-reader; parents sharing reading with their children is one of the greatest ways to support their literacy development

12-12-12 Evidence is mounting – investment needs to happen now

“The body of evidence is growing and confirming that education investment and reform in Australia is needed urgently”. This was the view today of Peter Garrigan,

7-12-12 Parent Engagement – the missing piece in the education reform puzzle

“As parents, we know how important parental engagement is to student learning” said Peter Garrigan, President (ACSSO) today following the launch, of the research by Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) on behalf of the Family- School Community Partnership Bureau.

7-12-12 More prior to school services needed

There is a growing demand in Australia for more places in our early childhood settings. The increase in childcare rebate; universal access and return to work and study has put a major strain on the places available.

7-12-12 Thank you to our volunteers

Volunteers in our nation’s public schools are an invisible workforce whose contribution should be applauded stated Peter Garrigan, President, Australian Council of State School Organisations today.

28-11-12 A fairer opportunity for all Australian Children

“Today is the beginning of an opportunity for us to give to this and future generations of Australian students access to the high quality education they deserve” stated Peter Garrigan,

09-11-12 Earlier Start Great Outcomes

ACSSO welcomes the announcement today by the Gillard Government of a further investment of $1.1 billion for preschool and kindergarten services.

31-10-12 ACSSO conference

The future of Public Education in Australia relies on the unwavering support of government and the successful partnerships between government, parents and communities. It is reliant on governments to ensure that a newer fairer funding model is in place for our children

26-10-12 Thankyou to our nations teachers

The ACSSO today formally recognises and thanks the teachers across Australia in our nation’s great Public Schools. International Teachers' Day on the 26th of October is an opportunity to celebrate the work of our teachers.

03-09-12 Parents urge political leaders to go with Gonski

Peter Garrigan, ACSSO President said “Whilst we would have preferred to see a much shorter transition period, today marks the end of the discriminatory funding arrangements of the Howard Government that continued to see funding to Public Schools decline”

23-07-12 It’s time for Gonski legislation

“It is now time to act on the Gonski review; this is the time to right the funding model and make sure that our young people are no longer denied the resources they that have been deprived of under the current formula.”

26- 06-12 Environmental focus a key to Summit

As part of the Australian Education for Sustainability Alliance, ACSSO has joined the call for funding to be allocated to ensure the resourcing of sustainability education.

13-06-12 Budget hit and miss

“ACSSO receives this year’s budget with mixed feelings”, announced Peter Garrigan, President of the Australian Council of State School Organisations. “We are pleased to see new monies for education and we are

12-06-12 30 years of supporting parental engagement honoured

The Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) congratulates its Chief Executive Officer Ms Dianne Giblin on her appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

03-06-12 Action on Gonski needs urgent legislation

The Australian Council of State School Organisation(ACSSO) is pleased to see that the evidence from the national poll conducted by Auspoll on behalf of the Australian Education Union has supported the call for significant increased spending in public education.

30-05-12 Ethics classes set to continue in NSW

The Australian Council of State School Organisations welcomes the report handed down today which recommends that the NSW government should not revert to the discriminatory policy of prohibiting young people a meaningful activity should they or their parents choose for them to opt out of Special Religious Education (SRE).

25-05-12 Parents celebrate public education day

“This event provides an opportunity to highlight the wonderful achievements of public education as a cornerstone of Australian society,” announced Mr Peter Garrigan, President of the Australian Council of State School Organisations.

24-05-12 Time to celebrate and legislate

The Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) would like to take this opportunity on Public Education Day to congratulate the thousands of Public Education communities for the work they do in building our nation. “Teachers, support staff, parents, students and the wider community should celebrate today their great achievements. Our Public Education system is the foundation on which we build this great nation” states Peter Garrigan, President

09-05-12 Thanks but lets legislate Gonski

Speaking last night after his briefing with the Minister, ACSSO President Peter Garrigan said “We are glad that $5 million will be allocated to continue the planning into the work regarding Gonski’s review in producing a fairer funding system, however we are looking for the commitment needed to ensure legislation is in place by the end of 2012 – the “nuts and bolts” can be worked through by the various working parties simultaneously.”

01-05-12 Early start great start

The Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) fully supports the research that states that early intervention is the key to greater outcomes for our children. Commenting on the Minister’s announcement today of the commencement of data collection for the Australian Early Development Index (AEDI), ACSSO president Peter Garrigan stated, “The collection of this data will provide a snapshot that will assist ingovernments, both state and federal to target support in areas of most need”

20-03-12 Powerful alliance for a sustainable future

“As an alliance we want to bring to the attention to our Members of Parliament and the wider community the importance of ensuring the proper resourcing of sustainability education in our schools” said Peter Garrigan, President of the Australian Council of State School Organisations.

16-03-12 National parents voice support National Day of Action

Speaking from the National Symposium: Strategic Action Against Bullying in Brisbane today President Peter Garrigan stated, “Latest research reveals that one in four students in schools in our nation is bullied.”

07-03-12 Parents fed up end the scare campaign and implement Gonski

Parents urge the Prime Minister and the Education Minister to ignore the current scare campaign mounted by the Opposition and quickly identifies the $5 billion needed in funding to bring Australia’s schools up to the quality all children deserve.

05-03-12 No fees for public schools

Turning education into a commodity at government schools will not solve problems at selective schools, parents groups said today.Australian Council of State School Organisations president Peter Garrigan said it would undermine the ethos of public schools, which promote and operate on the principle of social inclusiveness, to charge children from affluent homes to attend them.

11-02-12 Parents say hire and fire with caution

Children in outlying metropolitan and in rural areas are likely to be severely disadvantaged from the federal government’s decision to give principals the power to hire and fire teachers in public schools, parents said today.

15-11-11: Northern Territory Government Gags Public School Communities

“Public education is the backbone of this country, and public school supporters have a right to advocate for better resourcing. In an area of the country that is rich in diversity but extremely high in needs we are appalled to think that the government would believe resources were plentiful.”

14-11-11: Unethical Behaviour over Ethics Classes

The Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) once again calls upon the O’Farrell government to uphold its election commitment to the parents in NSW Public Schools by honouring the legislation to allow ethics classes to be held for students opting out of special religious education …

14-11-11: Act Now for Public Education

Tomorrow, 15 November 2011, parents, teachers and principals will be participating in a National Day of Action in support of fairer funding to Public Education. Speaking on the eve of the Day of Action, Peter Garrigan, President of the Australian Council of State School Organisations, stated, “We are calling on all public school communities to send a clear message

13-11-11: National Conversation with Parents

The Australian Council of State School Organisations would like to congratulate Federal Minister for School Education Peter Garrett on his innovative strategy to engage with school communities in the National Conversation with Parents. “On Monday, November 14, parents from across the country will have the opportunity to participate in this event either in person, online or through twitter …

10-11-11: Victorian Government Gags Public School Parents

“The decision by the Victorian Government to “ban” schools from taking part in the Federal Schools Funding Review ‘National Day of Action’ is a disgrace,” claims Peter Garrigan, President of the Australian Council of State School Organisations. “Public education is the backbone of this country, and parents together with public school supporters have a right to advocate for better resourcing” …

28-10-11: Parents acknowledge and thank teachers

International Teacher’s Day on the 28th of October is an opportunity to celebrate the work of teachers and school principals in Public Schools around Australia. The Australian Council of State School Organisations would like to thank teachers for the wonderful work that they do for our students within the Public Education system in order to build Australia’s future …

21-10-11: Parents unite to build demand for Asian languages and studies

The Australian Parents Council (APC) and the Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) are inviting parents from around Australia to be part of an exciting and innovative project, Parents Understanding Asia Literacy: Building demand for Asian languages and studies …

13-10-11: National Day of Action – Parents, Teachers and Principals unite

At the National Conference of the Australian Council of State School Organisations, President Peter Garrigan announced a National Day of Action for Tuesday November 15, called by organisations representing parents, teachers and principals

09-10-11: ACSSO NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2011 – Parents : Partners in Education

In the lead up to the release of the Gonski report recommendations the importance we place on a vibrant, viable public education sector will be examined at this year’s national parent conference. “The future of Public Education in Australia relies on the unwavering support of government and the successful partnerships between government, parents and communities.” stated Peter Garrigan, President of the Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) …

07-09-11: Students need additional support

The Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) is pleased to see some directional change and broadening of the National School Chaplaincy Program. Speaking on behalf of ACSSO, President Peter Garrigan said, “Today’s announcement of alterations to the National School Chaplaincy Program were a clear acknowledgement that this program needs to better recognize and value the secular nature of our public schools. We support the notion of the school community having a greater voice in this” …

02-09-11: Research is clear – funding model needs a serious overhaul

Commenting on the release of the four research papers commissioned by the Gonski Review, ACSSO President Peter Garrigan stated, “The Australian Government should ‘set the quality’ of education that every child should receive through the public education system. It was evident from the research that the system of funding in Australia was flawed, inequitable and ultimately failed in its ability to guarantee that every child has access to high quality education …

31-07-11: Unethical for NSW Government to be Bullied Over Ethics Classes

The Australian Council of School Organisations was appalled to read this weekend that the Premier of New South Wales was bowing to the pressure of the Reverend Fred Nile in regard to the legislation surrounding ethics classes. ACSSO President Peter Garrigan stated today, “As a national organisation we saw the NSW government as providing an exemplar in listening to the parent voice. What we read in the media yesterday is bullying and unethical behaviour in its purest form”

18-07-11: Professional support should accompany body image packs

The Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) commends the Federal Government on the provision of ‘Respect Every Body’ posters and learning resources to schools. Responding to the announcement today, ACSSO President Peter Garrigan saidd, “There is considerable evidence to support that body image rates as a major concern amongst our young people. Current research also supports that this is one of the top themes underlying mental health issues experienced by adolescents and young adults”

18-07-11: Support our public schools towards a sustainable future

The Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) acknowledges the need for governments to put in place strategies to reduce our carbon footprint. Speaking on the issue today, ACSSO President Peter Garrigan said, “We need to act to ensure the future for our young people. In doing this, we call on the government to make certain that public services like health and education are not left financially disadvantaged”

15-07-11: Give and Take – the South Australian Government Way

The Australian Council of State School Organisations is appalled at the recent announcement of the South Australian Government that it will charge teenagers as young as 16 a proportion of their income towards rent of public housing. “Once again, governments are targeting our most marginalised communities by charging young people up to 20% of their Austudy, Youth Allowance or other income in order to continue living with their parents,” ACSSO President Peter Garrigan said in response to the announcement …

29-06-11: Successful Beginnings Are So Important

The Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) has a long held belief that a strong early childhood focus and investment by a nation lays an effective foundation for every young person’s growth and their educational outcomes. Speaking after hearing the findings of the National Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Workforce Census 2010, ACSSO President Peter Garrigan stated “We are extremely pleased to see data collected regarding the number of trained professionals in our early childhood settings” …

28-06-11: Qualified Secular Support is the Answer

Following the ABC TV 7:30 Report (Monday, June 27) the Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) has expressed alarm that the Minister for Education, Peter Garrett, favours further expansion of the National School Chaplaincy Program. “An increasing number of case studies, as described in the 7:30 Report, have clearly identified serious breaches of the guidelines, citing examples of chaplains using their positions to proselytize in public schools,” stated ACSSO President Peter Garrigan …

21-06-11: Larger Investment Needed to Close the Gap

The Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) welcomes the announcement yesterday of the $5 million investment by the Commonwealth Government into the ‘Teach Remote’ program. This program will be managed by the National Alliance for Remote Indigenous Schools (NARIS) and will focus on recruiting, training, supporting and rewarding teachers working in these communities. “ACSSO acknowledges the importance of retaining and supporting quality teachers in remote communities,” stated ACSSO President Peter Garrigan regarding the announcement …

03-06-11: Congratulations to outstanding maths and science students

“The Australian Council of State School Organisations would like to send their heartiest congratulations to the 12 public school students who have been selected to represent Australia in the International Olympiad competition to be held in July,” announced Peter Garrigan, ACSSO President today. “Over half of the Australian team are students from our great Public Schools. This only continues to highlight the excellent achievements being made in public education” …

25-05-11: Parents Celebrate Public Education Day

Tomorrow, May 26th, Public Education Day will be celebrated in public school communities across Australia. “This event provides an opportunity to highlight the wonderful achievements of public education as a cornerstone of Australian society,” announced Mr Peter Garrigan, President of the Australian Council of State School Organisations. “Many schools take this opportunity to plan and celebrate with a variety of activities including morning tea with their school community, tree planting ceremonies, school assemblies, grandparent days, performing arts displays and lunchtime concerts and barbeques” …

19-05-11: Parents Express Grave Concerns

“Parents are gravely concerned with the reporting today of schools using NAPLAN data to determine a young person’s suitability for enrolment,” Peter Garrigan, President of the Australian Council of State School Organisations, stated today. “NAPLAN is only one piece of evidence for parents and teachers to see how well a student is doing at school. It can be most helpful in being able to identify their progress in literacy and numeracy. While we understand that many secondary schools have criteria to prioritise applicants when considering out of area placements it is totally inappropriate for the NAPLAN results to be used in such a way,” Mr Garrigan continued …

19-05-11: Parents Support Walk Safely to School Day

Now in its 12th year, Walk Safely to School Day will be celebrated by primary children all around our nation. “By highlighting this day to our young people, parents are supporting an important step towards a healthier lifestyle”, said Peter Garrigan, President of the Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO). “This day actively promotes the vitally important message to our communities and to our young people: Active Kids are Healthy Kids. By parents, carers and their children building regular walking to and from school into their daily routine, we are ensuring that we are all working towards a healthier, more active lifestyle” …

11-05-11: Budget Hit and Miss

“ACSSO receives this year’s budget with mixed feelings”, announced Peter Garrigan, President of the Australian Council of State School Organisations. “We are pleased to see new monies for education and we are extremely pleased to see the $200 million dedicated to students with disabilities — long needed and lobbied for … Much to our disappointment is the allocation of an additional $220 million investment to the National School Chaplaincy Program, while the program review remains incomplete. To allocate additional resources prior to the release of the review findings is ludicrous …

04-05-11: A budget announcement most anticipated and applauded

High on the wish list for public school parent organisations across the country has been additional funding for students with disabilities. “The Australian Council of State School Organisations applauds the Federal Government’s announcement of a further $200 million for students with disabilities”, President Peter Garrigan announced today. “Parent organisations have advocated relentlessly for this under-resourced area of education” …

03-05-11: Rewards – no answer for quality teaching

Every parent knows that a quality teacher in front of their child’s classroom makes a huge difference to the outcomes of students; however the announcement of one off cash rewards for “top” teachers is not the answer. Speaking on behalf of the Australian Council of State School Organisations, Peter Garrigan, claims “Our children need their teachers working collegially, not only with each other, but with the other key players in a child’s development.” …

18-03-11: National Parents’ Voice Supports National Day of Action

The Australian Council of State School Organisations, representing the voice of parents in government schools, would like to add its support for the first National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. Speaking from the National Symposium: Strategic Action Against Bullying in Brisbane today President Peter Garrigan stated, “Latest research reveals that one in four students in schools in our nation is bullied” …

01-03-11: Investing in Public Education – the Way to the Future

“A strong, well resourced Public Education system is the key for building our nation’s future,” stated Peter Garrigan, President of the Australian Council of State Schools Organisations (ACSSO), in response to Minister Peter Garrett’s introduction of the Schools Assistance Amendment (Financial Assistance) Bill 2011 into the Parliament late last week …

28-02-11: Parents Await MySchool Launch

Parents across Australia await with anticipation the launch of the next phase of My School 2.0 when it goes live on Friday March 4. Peter Garrigan, President of the Australian Council of State School Organizations (ACSSO), said today, “We are pleased to see efforts made to date to ensure greater school transparency and richer data provided on the MySchool website” …

11-02-11: Students and Families require expert support

The Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) congratulates the Minister for Education, Early Childhood and Youth for partnering with the Queensland government in funding teacher resource replacement grants for flood or storm damaged school equipment. ” …

09-02-11: Parents want assurance of ongoing professional support for teaching standards

The Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) supports the introduction of National Professional Standards for teachers. This was the view today of the President of the Australian Council of State School Organisation, Peter Garrigan; “Parents across Australia believe the key to a quality public education system is highly educated and highly motivated teachers” …

13-09-10: Government declared, Education back on the Agenda

Australian Council of State Schools Organisations (ACSSO) is relieved that the issue of the hung Parliament in Australia has finally been resolved. Peter Garrigan, President of ACSSO, welcomes the opportunity to establish links between the newly elected Federal government. “I look forward to establishing a strong partnership with the newly appointed Minister for Schools Peter Garrett and Minister for Jobs, Skills and Workplace Relations Chris Evans” said Mr Garrigan. “It is paramount that there is open communication between all of the key stakeholders in Education” … MS Word format | PDF format

21-07-10: Coalition’s Skewed Scattergun Shot at Education Tax Break Misses Mark

Peter Garrigan, National President of the Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO), today noted that the title of the Coalition’s release, “Real action to help families meet school costs” is as misleading as the contents and proposals are misdirected and ill-conceived. “For a start this grab-bag of proposals will self-evidently do little or nothing to provide a much needed helping hand to those families who through no fault of their own are doing it very tough in their efforts to provide their children with the education opportunities that every child deserves,” Peter noted …

20-07-10: Proposed National Trade Cadetships Build Australia’s Skills for the 21st Century

“Peter Garrigan, national president of the Australian Council of State School Organisations, today greeted the proposal by Julia Gillard to establish a program of national trade cadetships as an important and valuable further contribution to building our nation’s skills to meet the needs of our forward development and prosperity in the 21st Century” …

13-07-10: Australia’s public school parents applaud Prime Minister’s extension of education tax break for families doing it tough

“ACSSO National President Peter Garrigan confirmed today that the parents of the some 2.4 million young people attending Australia’s public primary and secondary schools have put their full support behind Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s pledge to extend the education tax break in ways that will provide significant and much-needed assistance to those families doing it tough, in their efforts to provide their children with the best possible educational opportunities” …

18-06-10: Parents applaud Minister’s Working Party to advise on My School Website

“ACSSO’s national President, Peter Garrigan, congratulated Education Minister Gillard on the establishment of a Working Party to advise on how the My School website can be developed further to promote school improvement and enhance the educational performance of every student” …

18-03-10: Parents Applaud Rudd Government’s School Infrastructure Initiative

“The Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) met last weekend in Canberra. During their meeting they also participated in interactive sessions with the Australian Parents Council and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) which covered the current educational issues including Indigenous Education, Early Childhood, the Australian Curriculum and the Low SES national Partnership initiatives” …

11-10-09: National Education Conference 2009

“The Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) and the Australian Parents Council (APC) are proud to present a truly National Education Conference to consider and explore issues bearing on the effective learning and positive personal development of young people in school communities in all parts of Australia” …

03-02-09: Parents Applaud Rudd Government’s School Infrastructure Initiative

“The best investment any government can make towards our future prosperity is to invest in the education of all our young people,” said ACSSO President Steve Carter, responding to the Rudd Governments $14.7 billion infrastructure program. “That is the leverage point for nation building” …

13-10-08: Parents Endorse Plan for National Education Authority

ACSSO is delighted to support the establishment of the National Education Authority to bring together responsibility for curriculum, testing and reporting at the national level …

14-05-08: Parents Back Budget

Australias peak council for parent and citizen groups has backed the education budget, describing it as a thoughtful plan that addressed key issues without heating up the economy …

18-02-08: Parents Excited by Labor’s Momentous Family Bureau Decision

Parent organisations have praised Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s announcement that Labor will fund a dedicated Bureau to build closer ties between parents and schools across the country …

01-11-07: Big Take-Up of Summer Schools Impresses Parents

The national public schools parent body is impressed by the large number of teachers who have applied for places at the Federal Government’s Summer Schools training in January …

21-10-07: Parents Welcome Computer Policy from Labor

The peak council for Australias public school parents has endorsed Kevin Rudds tax break for computers and other school equipment …

29-09-07: Parents Wary About Test Results and Ranking of Schools

ACSSO has voiced its opposition to publicly ranking schools according to their national literacy and numeracy test results …

21-09-07: Parents Welcome Moves on Safety for School Buses

ACSSO has welcomed the Federal Government’s $40 million initiative to provide seat-belts on school buses in country areas …

30-08-07: ACSSO Supports Primary Teachers Vital Role Says President and Executive Director

In a major statement today, the President and Executive Director of ACSSO called for more support for primary school teachers …

27-07-07: National Parents Body Praises Sheedy

In a unique tribute, the peak parents and citizen council for Australias public schools has paid tribute to sacked Essendon Football Club coach Kevin Sheedy …

12-07-07: Languages Education: A Time to Speak – and a Time to Act

“Learning a language in Australia should be like learning Maths or English”, said one teacher respondent to a national Research Survey conducted by the peak parent organisations in late 2006. “It is a normal part of the curriculum in which every student should participate. It is part of an education for life!” …

3-07-07: Time to get serious about rebuilding Australias language capability

After a dismal decade characterised by lack of political will or purpose, by indifference, procrastination and neglect at too many levels, the need for sustained transformative action across the country in languages education cannot be further ignored …

7-06-07: Languages Education: Shortchanging our Families – and our National Future

ACSSO is in full agreement with those commentators who have described the crisis in languages education in Australia as an international embarrassment and national disgrace …

21-02-07: Parents Praise Extra Funding for Public Schools

ACSSO has praised the Australian Government for adding an extra $181 million to the $700 million already spent under the Investing in Our Schools programme …

24-01-07: Parents Welcome Rudd’s Education Revolution

Australians peak public school parents body, ACSSO, has praised Labor leader Kevin Rudds decision to make education a key issue for the coming Federal election …

16-11-06: Parents Praise Bracks Promise on Early Childhood Centres

ACSSO has praised Victorian Premier Steve Bracks’ election promise that all new school sites would make provision for early childhood learning centres …

09-11-06: Peak Public Schools Parent Body Wants Funding Scheme Renewed

After two years of operation, the Investing in Our Schools programme adds an extra $700 million capital funding to public schools over a four year period: but it is due to run out next year …

28-06-05: Principals and Parents Call For Better Deal for Primary Schools

Australias key parent and primary principals bodies have described primary education as the Cinderella of the education system …

11-04-05: ACSSO Calls for National Home Reading Campaign

Australias public school parents have called for a national home reading campaign to promote literacy and love of reading amongst young people …

07-10-04: Parents Must Look at Our Website Says Public Schools President

Australias peak public school parents body says all parents should examine the website which sets out the key education policies of all political parties …

28-09-04: Parents Support Coalition Funding Promise But Fear Duplication

ACSSO has praised the Coalition’s promise to provide more capital funding to Australia’s schools and supports the opportunity for greater parent involvement in the decision making process related to building programs

16-09-04: Parents Applaud Labors Schools Plan

ACSSO applauds Labors schools funding announcement launched today. ACSSO President Judith Bundy says the package is a vote of confidence in the public system …

16-08-04: Public School Parents Support Senate Committee

ACSSO has praised the latest report by the Senate Employment Workplace Relations and Education References Committee on Commonwealth funding for schools, tabled in Parliament last week …

12-05-04: Long Term Funding Needed

ACSSO says Federal Government funding is still weighted against public schools which educate nearly 70% of Australian students. ACSSO President Judith Bundy today called for all political parties to plan for education well beyond the coming election, including in their programs a plan to lift funds to public schools …

07-05-04: Looking For Education Improvements in Federal Budget

ACSSO is looking for major improvements in next Tuesdays Federal Budget (11/05/04). ACSSO President Judith Bundy said, “The parents of Australia want better education services rather then minor tax cuts”. Specifically ACSSO has nominated six key areas where the budget needs to make extra provision …

11-03-04: Federal Funding to State Schools Gets Worse

State schools have received less than private schools as a result of the Federal Government’s guidelines released today by Education Minister Brendan Nelson. values. ACSSO, the national peak body representing parents in government schools and their school communities, has expressed its disappointment …

20-01-04: Prime Minister’s New Values Undermine Government Schools

“Parents of the 70% of students who go to government schools will be appalled to know that the Prime Minister thinks public schools do not teach traditional values. He is totally wrong!” said ACSSO President Judith Bundy in response to the Prime Ministers recent comments …

13-10-03: Leadership Challenge on Fairer Schools Funding

Government school parents have welcomed the announcement of WAs Education and Training Minister, Alan Carpenter, to keep funding for the richest WA private schools at 2003 levels. Judith Bundy, president of the Australian Council of State School Organisations congratulated the Minister …

08-07-03: Parents Expect More from Education Ministers

This weeks meeting of Australias nine education ministers in Perth provides a rare opportunity to establish a nationally co-ordinated approach to many of the major issues in Australian education. Of particular interest to parents is the issue of equitable school funding…

26-05-03: Federal Education Budget: the Real Story

ACSSO President Judith Bundy commented today that the same pattern is being repeated by Federal Education Minister Nelson as has occurred in previous years. The pattern goes like this: A budget increase for schools is announced, with the increase for government schools made explicit. The increase for non-government schools is not mentioned …

30-04-03: Public Education: It’s Really a Matter of Priorities

As the 2003/04 Budget approaches, the organisation representing the parents of the 70% of children who attend government schools seeks assurance that the Federal Government will give serious consideration to the needs of public schools and the students who attend them …

27-03-03: Student Protests Need a Rational Response

ACSSO President Judith Bundy expressed concern at yesterdays student protests, some of which were marked by violence and involved young people of primary school age. The violent actions shown at yesterdays demonstration are a timely warning however, that peaceful student protests may be manipulated by others with a more subversive intent …

03-03-03: Education Dollars to Fund War?

ACSSO President Judith Bundy today expressed concern that the upcoming Federal Budget will contain substantial cuts to education funding as a result of war with Iraq. Already the Treasurer has made some predictions as to the cost of this conflict, and it would appear that the essential services of education and health will be the first front-line casualties …

30-01-03: Public Education: Key to Australia’s Security

ACSSO President Judith Bundy reflected today on the new school year starting at a time when national and world security matters dominate the political agenda. However she cautioned that any nation that sidelines education for even the briefest period, is guilty of short-changing its youth and its own future …

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