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A quality school education is vital for individual well-being and for a healthy society. All children should have access to an education that is responsive to their needs as well as upholding high standards of academic rigour. CIS's focus is on policies that restore the role of parents in education and devolve greater authority and responsibility to schools to meet these goals.

The CIS is also involved in examining higher education and offers alternatives to the current Australian model.


  1. Regulating for Quality in Childcare: The Evidence Base

    Trisha Jha | 05 Nov 2014 | Policy Monographs

    The report explores the evidence base for the recent National Quality Agenda reforms to childcare that mandate lower staff-to-child... Read More...

  2. Helen Hughes: A Tribute

    Glenys Byrne, Greg Lindsay, Noel Pearson, Ron Duncan, Tony Abbott | 27 Aug 2014 | Policy Forum

    CIS Senior Fellow Professor Helen Hughes AO passed away on 15 June 2013 after a lifetime dedicated to working passionately... Read More...

  3. School Funding on a Budget

    Jennifer Buckingham | 30 Apr 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    Government expenditure on schools has more than doubled in real terms in the last 25 years, while student numbers have only... Read More...

  4. Submission to the National Commission of Audit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Stephen Kirchner, Trisha Jha | 01 Apr 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal government’s Commission of Audit (CoA) was established in 2013 to review the performance and role of government.... Read More...

  5. Why Jaydon Can’t Read: A Forum on Fixing Literacy

    Jennifer Buckingham, Justine Ferrari, Tom Alegounarias | 18 Feb 2014 | Issue Analysis

    This Issue Analysis compiles the three speeches given at the CIS event ‘Why Jaydon Can’t Read: A Forum on Fixing Literacy’... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. School funding report makes flawed case for full Gonski reforms

    Jennifer Buckingham | 04 Jul 2015 | The Australian

    As we pass the halfway mark of the four year federal education budget cycle, attention is turning once again to the issue ... Read More

  2. Fees for state schools: don't jump to conclusions

    Jennifer Buckingham | 22 Jun 2015 | ABC The Drum

    There are few things more likely to ignite passionate opinions than school funding. Even a hint of any change that does not ... Read More

  3. Public primary schools are holding their own

    Jennifer Buckingham | 18 Apr 2015 | The Australian

    Public schools have risen to the challenge of school choice... Read More

  4. Poor students likely to make poor teachers

    Jennifer Buckingham | 13 Feb 2015 | The Australian

    The Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG) report released today unfortunately dismissed the opportunity to ... Read More

  5. Reading writing on the wall

    Jennifer Buckingham | 06 Jan 2015 | The Australian

    Reading specialists around Australia and the world greeted yesterday’s article on NSW primary teaching degrees with mixed ... Read More

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  1. Options for over-crowding in schools

    Jennifer Buckingham | 10 Jul 2015

    Enrolments in inner city Sydney public primary schools have doubled in the last five years. Most of these schools have reached ...

  2. Inequality is inevitable in a free society

    Jennifer Buckingham | 08 May 2015

    Is it more important (and fairer) to maximise the quality of life and opportunity for all children, or to try to ensure no ...

  3. Poor evaluation leads to poor policy

    Jennifer Buckingham | 17 Apr 2015

    Policy development and implementation in Australia has long been plagued by poor evaluation. As a result, there is very little ...

  4. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

    Patrick Carvalho | 17 Apr 2015

    Policy development and implementation in Australia has long been plagued by poor evaluation. As a result, there is very little ...

  5. Does NSW have anything to learn about school entry policy?

    Matthew Taylor | 30 Jan 2015

    According to the Australian Primary Principals' Association (APPA) school entry policies need reform and should be consistent ...

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