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Non-State Education

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Working with the non-state education sector

The non-state education sector is an essential part of Queensland's education system. It offers Queensland students and parents a diverse choice of educational philosophies and religious affiliations.

The department supports the non-state education sector in a number of ways, including:

  • maintaining strong links and working collaboratively with the non-state sector in key schooling areas, such as the Queensland Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Framework and the National Partnership Agreements
  • administering recurrent and capital funding to the non-state sector, which includes non-state schools and community-based organisations for students with special needs
  • monitoring and developing policy and legislation that underpins the sector's sustainability
  • providing secretariat support to the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board in accrediting and monitoring non-state schools
  • providing secretariat support to the Non-State Schools Eligibility for Government Funding Committee to enable the committee to perform its statutory functions, including making recommendations to the Minister on non-state school eligibility for government funding
  • providing executive services to the state registration authority, the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS), which regulates educational institutions that offer courses to overseas students.

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Non-state education funding

In 2008-09, the department administered state recurrent funding of $416.2 million, including $24.9 million for students with disabilities, to support non-state school operations.

It also allocated capital assistance of $51.4 million through the State Capital Assistance and External Infrastructure Subsidy schemes to help construct and refurbish educational facilities, and meet associated external infrastructure costs.

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Non-state education students

The non-state school sector supports approximately 33 per cent of Queensland's school students. See Table 6 for number of students attending Queensland non-state schools.

Table 6: Number of students in Queensland non-state schools

Students in Queensland non-state schools 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09
Early Phase 51 450 57 230 59 710 61 620
Middle Phase 103 080 104 780 108 550 111 840
Senior Phase 55 640 57 610 60 390 61 460
Total 210 170 219 620 228 650 234 920

Source: Queensland State Budget - Service Delivery Statements, Department of Education and Training

All non-state schools must undertake a cyclical review, usually once every five years, to determine their compliance with statutory requirements for accreditation. In 2003, the program began as a pilot program. A small number of schools were involved in that year, and in an extended 2004 pilot.

Table 7 shows the percentage of non-state schools that have completed a review in the last five years. This percentage is expected to increase over time until it stabilises. For more details about non-state schools, see the annual report of the independent Non-State Schools Accreditation Board.

Table 7: Non-state schools involved in the cyclical review process

Key Performance Indicators
Non-state schools 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09
Number of non-state schools accredited in Queensland 465 465 467 466
Percentage of schools reviewed in the cyclical review process 35 58 73 96.2
Percentage of schools reviewed that complied with legislated criteria 100 100 100 100

Source: Queensland State Budget - Service Delivery Statements, Department of Education and Training

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Regulating providers and courses for overseas students

The department provides executive services to CRICOS, the state registration authority that regulates registered education and training providers that cater for overseas students. These providers comprise:

  • 17 higher education providers
  • 140 vocational education and training institutions
  • 134 non-state schools
  • 56 state schools authorised for overseas students
  • 37 English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) providers.

State and Commonwealth legislative frameworks underpin the regulation of providers and courses. These statutory arrangements serve first and foremost to protect the interests and welfare of overseas students, and the reputation of Australia's education export industry.

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