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.



Featured Publication


Australia's Export Exposure to China's Coronavirus Epidemic
Salvatore Babones
18 February 2020 | AP7

This paper estimates the direct and immediate effects of the coronavirus epidemic on the revenues of Australia’s major export industries. It breaks down Australia’s exports to China across 18 major industry groups, including both goods and services exports. China’s coronavirus epidemic is likely to cost…

Submission to the NSW Curriculum Review Interim Report Consultations
Fiona Mueller
01 December 2019

The NSW Government commissioned a review of the state’s curriculum in September, 2018, to be completed in early 2020. Led by Professor Geoff Masters, the NSW Curriculum Review was described as the first comprehensive review since 1989, the overarching aim being to ensure that the…

What Do Parents Want From Schools?
Glenn Fahey
20 November 2019 | PP26

Educational freedom and proper use of resources are both crucial in producing the best outcomes for school students. This paper provides an insight into parental perspectives of the current state of school choice and resourcing. The research results reveal the areas of importance to parents…

What Do Parents Want? Australian childcare preferences and attitudes
Eugenie Joseph, Fiona Mueller
10 September 2019 | PP22

Many Australian families rely on formal and informal childcare to enable them to take on employment. Government policies have included a strong focus on giving mothers every opportunity to enter the workforce. In 2019-2020, the federal government is expected to allocate more than $8 billion…

Inquiry into measurement and outcome-based funding in New South Wales schools
Glenn Fahey
31 August 2019

The Portfolio Committee on Education in the NSW Legislative Council has set up an inquiry into measurement of outcomes in schools, and proposals for outcome-based funding. The inquiry has been prompted by school funding based on inputs failing to improve education outcomes — as CIS…

Media & Commentary

Smart school funding a problem-solver
Glenn Fahey

As is customary, new changes to school funding have carved up winners and losers. To finally put to bed, it’s time for a market-based makeover. New Department of Education data…

School closures: light at the end of the tunnel – except in Danandrewstan
Blaise Joseph
03 May 2020 | Spectator

There is light at the end of the tunnel. Parents and policymakers have generally had enough, and schools are now on the path to completely re-open in most states and…

Our Closed Schools’ Herd Immunity to Evidence
Glenn Fahey
02 May 2020 | Quadrant

We’re told education policy and practice should be guided by ‘the evidence’. Lately, that’s been a quasi-religious deference to health advice, with education evidence a distant second on school operations…

School closures: where to from here?
Blaise Joseph
30 April 2020 | Ideas@TheCentre

There is light at the end of the tunnel. Parents and policymakers have generally had enough, and schools are now on the path to completely re-open in most states and…

Keep a sense of historical perspective
Tom Switzer
23 April 2020 | Ideas@TheCentre

This has been the week of doomsayers. Forecasters talk about double-digit unemployment. A major airline has gone into voluntary administration. Businesses of all kinds are retrenching staff. Employees are sacrificing…