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  • Australian Government grants for Maker Spaces available

    ​The Australian Government's Maker Projects is currently accepting grant applications from schools. The initiative will offer grants of between $2,000 and $5,000 to schools cover the costs of tools, equipment, software and consumables needed to establish maker spaces. Grants will be allocated on a 'first in' basis until the funding is exhausted. Information on eligibility criteria and the application form can be found at www.business.gov.au/mp

    Application Form
  • NAPLAN 2017

    ​NAPLAN 2017 is a pen and paper test for NSW schools. No schools in NSW will be completing NAPLAN online this year. 

    NESA's Student Participation and Registration (PAR) Website is open to NSW Independent and International Schools from Wednesday 8 February to Wednesday 22 February. The PAR website is where schools register their students for participation in NAPLAN. 

    This year NAPLAN tests will be conducted over three days from Tuesday 9 May to Thursday 11 May. The Handbook for Principals will be distributed to schools by the end of February. 

    More information
  • New log in arrangements for Australian Government's School Service Point Applications

    ​Where schools submit data to the Australian Government for a number of funding and reporting purposes has changed. From 2 February 2017 all reporting applications that were previously accessed through School Service Point are instead accessed through School Entry Point. This impacts on a number of critical reporting applications for independent schools, and users may need to register for a School Entry Point account if they do not have one already.

    Information on this change has been provided to Approved Authorities by the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training, but if you have any questions please contact the helpdesk at grantsanddatahelp@education.gov.au

  • Early Childhood Education and Care update

    ​The NSW Government recently advised of three matters relevant to schools providing Early Childhood Education and Care services. More

  • Applications for 2016 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards now open

    ​Launched by the Commonwealth Bank and Schools Plus, twelve fellowships worth $45,000 each are available to outstanding teachers and school leaders. Each fellow will receive $10,000 for professional development and participation in a year-long program, a group visit to Singapore valued at $5,000, and $30,000 to put towards a significant project at their school. Applications close 5pm 30 November.

  • Australian Government CRICOS briefing

    AISNSW is hosting a briefing at its Sydney headquarters on Friday, 26th August, to assist schools to gain a deeper understanding of Australian Government requirements for delivering courses to overseas students (CRICOS).

    Australian Government Department of Education and Training (DET) officers will present information on ESOS legislation, DET's role in school compliance and PRISMS. It is anticipated the session will assist all schools delivering (or considering delivering) courses to overseas students.

    Schools are invited to nominate up to four senior staff who have responsibility for CRICOS requirements and overseas students. Participants with an AISNSW user profile are invited to register online. To establish a user profile please go to www.aisnsw.edu.au.

    Date: Friday, 26th August 2016
    Time: 12:45pm to 3:00pm
    Venue: AISNSW, Level 12, 99 York Street, Sydney

  • UNSW Built Environment Arcadia Landscape Architecture Scholarship for Indigenous Students

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship for Landscape Architecture at UNSW  Applications are open for the Built Environment Arcadia Landscape Architecture Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students, a new tertiary scholarship available to study Landscape Architecture at UNSW.  Indigenous students are encouraged to enter and help shape an industry which will benefit from their cultural perspective. Included is a flyer that gives a brief explanation of the scholarship and the degree.

  • New AIS website and support document for Teacher Accreditation Authorities

    ​The AIS has developed a support document, Regulation of Teacher Accreditation Authorities, now available through the new AIS Services/Education Regulations/Teacher Accreditation Authorities section of the AIS website.  The document provides information, advice, draft policies and templates for procedures to assist schools to address new BOSTES TAA Guidelines, which came into effect on 1st January 2016.

  • New draft Attendance and Exemptions Policy

    ​The AIS has published a new draft Attendance and Exemptions Policy, which schools may customise for their own use in response to for school registration requirements of Section 3.8 of the BOSTES Manual. Previously, the AIS provided two separate draft policies (one for Attendance, the other for Exemptions), however these two areas have been combined into one policy template, now available through the revised Education Regulations/Attendance web page.

  • 2015 Annual Report guide now available

    ​The AIS guide to requirements for annual reporting has been updated and is now available on the Government Education Policy – School Reporting - web page. The guide includes

    • a summary of requirements
    • a sample school policy for educational and financial reporting
    • advice and explanatory information about what should be included in annual reports
    • a checklist for assisting in compliance with requirements of both the NSW and Australian Governments
    • new advice about issues most commonly identified by the BOSTES for attention in the reports for 2014.

    Further information is available from the Government Education Policy Team on (02) 9299 2845.

  • Student Attendance webpage updated

    The AIS Education Regulations (Student Attendance) website has been redesigned to provide more streamlined access to information, advice and documents related to enrolment and attendance matters.

    While the content of the page is not new, schools should now find it easier to locate advice and documents they need in relation to:

    • Legislation around compulsory school age and school leaving age
    • Responsibilities of parents
    • Responsibilities of schools
    • Attendance Codes
    • Delegations of principals to approve applications for exemption from attendance or enrolment
    • Guidelines, procedures and collated forms, particularly in relation to exemptions
    • Applications for Leave for Travel (no longer an exemption)
    • Strategies for Improving Attendance.

    Schools are invited to seek further assistance on attendance and enrolment matters from the AIS Education Regulations and Program Implementation Team on 9299 2845.​

  • AIS School Conference 2016

    The annual AIS School Conference 2016: Shared Purpose, Different Journeys – Focusing in Impact , will be held in the Hunter Valley in August.

    School leaders, middle leaders and teachers are invited to attend this educational conference to consider how to best drive school improvement and effectiveness.   Highly experienced international and national educational leaders will explore the drivers of authentic school improvement and provide delegates with the opportunity to share their school journey and consider new ways of transforming learning and teaching.

    Dates: 25th June to 26th August  2016

    Venue: Crown Plaza, Hunter Valley​

    For further conference information and registration details click 'More' below.


  • Courageous Leadership 2016

    The NSW Heads of Independent Co-Educational Schools (HICES) is hosting its sixth national conference Courageous Leadership 2016, to be held in Sydney in June.

    School leaders, middle managers and teachers from Independent schools across Australia are invited to attend the conference to hear from elite Australian and international leaders in the political, education, business, arts and sporting space. Each speaker will address the most pressing and contemporary issues facing Independent school leaders while presenting inspirational and thought-provoking themes.

    Dates: 26th June to 28th June 2016

    Venue: Novatel Brighton Beach Hotel Sydney

    For conference information and registration​.

  • Simplified Student Visa Framework commences 1 July 2016

    A simplified student visa framework (SSVF) is expected to commence on 1 July 2016.

    Key changes announced by the Australian Government under the SSVF are:

    • a reduction in the number of student visa subclasses from eight to two; and
    • the introduction of a simplified single immigration risk framework for all international students.

      The SSVF provides an indication of the level of financial capacity and English language proficiency related documentation that the student would need to provide with their student visa application, based on the combined immigration risk outcomes of the student's education provider and country of citizenship.
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  • Applications close 13 May - Rural and Remote ECT Scholarships

    The Department of Education's Early Childhood Education and Care Directorate has announced that applications are now open for Rural and Remote Early Childhood Teacher Scholarships.

    Thirty scholarships worth up to $10,000 each are available for study in the 2017 academic year.

    The scholarships are offered to assist Diploma-qualified educators working in non-metropolitan long day care services, or centre-based or mobile preschools in NSW to undertake a Bachelor Degree leading to an ACECQA approved, four year, university qualified early childhood teacher qualification.

    A limited number of scholarship places are available for students who wish to commence study later in the 2016 academic year.

    Applications close on Friday 13 May 2016.

    The Department of Education can provide further online information including eligibility criteria through FAQs and a downloadable Application Form.