First Ambassador for Independent Public Schools initiative

Joint Media Release
  • Minister for Education
  • Leader of the House
  • Federal Member for Deakin

Federal Member for Deakin, Michael Sukkar MP, has accepted the role as the first national ambassador for the Australian Government’s $70 million Independent Public Schools initiative.

Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP warmly welcomed the appointment and said Mr Sukkar has shown great enthusiasm and commitment to putting students first by supporting Australia’s public schools to operate more autonomously.

“Michael will be a great advocate in helping to achieve our national goal of having 25 per cent of – or approximately 1500 – existing public schools to become Independent Public Schools by 2017,” Mr Pyne said.

“I ask all members of Federal parliament to consider taking on a similar ambassadorial role and visit schools and talk to parents and teachers about the benefits of our Independent Public Schools initiative.”

In accepting his appointment, Mr Sukkar said he was confident that greater principal autonomy and local school control would ultimately lead to better outcomes for students in the electorate of Deakin and nationally.

“This is also a great opportunity for our local schools to showcase the great things they do every day to make our schools enriching learning environments,” Mr Sukkar said.

Further information on the Government’s Independent Public Schools policy, including the Guide for Parents on School Boards and School Councils can be found at:

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