By maintaining their membership of CSA, schools actively support the development and articulation of public policy that protects and enhances the practice of Christian schooling in Australia.
Members of the CSA movement engage in policy development through regular participation in policy forums and other CSA activities, and through direct communication with CSA staff and Councils. CSA’s executive officers regularly ask member schools for feedback and consultation about public policy issues. Periodically, members are provided with resources and asked to actively participate in the task of advocating locally for the needs of Christian schools. This is particularly so during state and federal elections.
CSA is the only Christian school organisation to maintain a full-time office in Canberra, with an Executive Officer specialising in policy research and government relations. Our ‘national goals, local expression’ policy means a consistent approach across both state and national jurisdictions.
CSA organises the Christian Schools National Policy Forum each May, which brings together the broad Christian schools sector with decision makers including MPs and Senators, to discuss public policy.
CSA’s executive staff meet regularly with government, opposition, departments and authorities, provide representation on committees when required, and work closely with other non-government school organisations, specifically bringing a Christian school perspective to these forums. We have positive influence on the public discourse about education, from a Christian perspective.