Highlights from the event:

Dr Geoff Newcombe raised some important points on the emerging issues in the Independent Education Sector. In the last 15 years, the Government Sector in Education has only
grown by 0.2% whereas the Independent Sector grew by a staggering 30%. Almost 4,000 new classrooms will be necessary in the next 15 years. This demand for future School Infrastructure is real and capital expenditure is simply not sustainable. There needs to be more effective and outright planning for funding, and increased pressure needs to be applied to governments, both local and federal, for better planning and financial contributions. He stated that it is important for independent school enrolments to increase, one of the reasons being that children do not vote, however their parents do. The idea of being able to financially invest so that both schools can grow as well as make a defensive investment in children’s education is important. There must also be more innovative ideas on school curricula as there are currently limits in terms of students not performing as well because they have not been challenged enough.


  • “It’s important for independent school enrolments to increase. Children do not vote but parents do and this in turn affects policy.”
  • “Money matters but it must be spent in an appropriate manner and the initiatives must be evaluated.”
  • “First emerging issue is research and data. Our response to this has been the establishment of the education research council.”
  • “The appetite for independent schools in Europe have grown with large revenues of approximately 57 billion.”
  • “Future school infrastructure demand is real. Capital expenditure is not sustainable.”



people_pir_JulieWALTONMs Walton is currently a sessional lecturer at the University of NSW. She is a Henry Halloran Trust practitioner in residence at the University of Sydney, a member of the Audit Committee at Wollondilly council. Furthermore she is a member of the Governance risk and audit committee of Shellharbour council. She has a strong background in Transport and urban policy, governance, and the achievement of negotiated outcomes. She was committed to the enhancement of public policy and legislative review as she was one of the two responsible consultants for the development of the Local government Act 1993. Julie is currently lecturing as well as developing and delivering the Ethics and Leadership components in the Master of Urban Policy and Strategy Program at the University of NSW.




1365786000000Dr Geoff Newcombe was appointed Executive Director of AISNSW (AIS) in January 2005. Prior to this he held the senior position of AIS Director of School Governance and Industrial Relations. Dr Newcombe commenced his teaching career in 1969 specialising in the areas of Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics. During his career he held a number of positions of responsibility culminating in appointments as Headmaster in two independent schools for a period of over ten years.

He moved from the school sector to the tertiary sector teaching in the Master of Educational Administration program at the University of New South Wales and in the School of Business at the University of Technology Sydney. He holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales and has published widely in the areas of school governance and management. In June 2006 he was appointed as a Visiting Fellow to the School of Education at the University of New South Wales and in 2011 was made an Honorary Professor.