Who is ACSSO?

As the Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO), we represent the interests of the families and communities of more than 2.4 million children attending government schools in Australia. We are one of the oldest continuously operating parent organisations in Australia and possibly the world. We were formed in 1947 to bring together various state and territory parent groups to develop national policies reflecting the way families wanted public education to be offered for their children. Record of Office Bearers

Over time there have been some changes in the way our members in states and territory peak parent groups have approached national issues, so membership has occasionally varied. Currently we have six members. Each member nominates a Director to the Board. Scroll down to meet our team.

Policy

We believe that the primary obligation of governments, both Federal and State, is to establish and maintain government systems of education which:

  • will be of the highest standard and open to all, irrespective of race, gender, religion, social-economic status, geographic location, disability (physical or intellectual);
  • can respond to changing circumstances and can develop the flexible and diverse programs necessary to meet individual needs;
  • discriminate in favour of those schools and individual students facing disadvantage and/or disability;
  • provide for participation by parents and community at all levels of education decision making.

In accordance with these principles, we have developed and continue to develop and update, detailed policies on a wide range of issues affecting children in schools.

Download our 2018 Annual Report

Download our 2017 Annual Report

Download ACSSO's Policy

Download ACSSO's Constitution

ACSSO 2019 Board Meetings, AGM & Roundtable Venues

ACSSO Member Teleconference Dates/Times

Life Members

Peter Garrigan

Joan Brown Under construction


Our Team



Chair:

Kevan Goodworth BA M.Phil. MACE MACEL



Kevan is P&Cs Qld CEO, and is the link between the Board, staff and approximately 1240 affiliated P&C associations. He brings to the role more than 30 years of direct and continuous experience with education in Queensland as a secondary school principal and Assistant Director-General.

He is a recipient of the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Sector. He has conducted major reviews for government around curriculum and service delivery and has represented Queensland’s interests on a number of national forums. He is a passionate advocate for quality public education and has led a number of community associations which link schools, tertiary institutions and employers in formal partnerships.

He has his own independent consultancy and has worked internationally in the United Kingdom, Asia and the Americas.

Kevan can be contacted via email: president@acsso.org.au


Chief Executive Officer:

Dianne Giblin AM, B.Ed (Adult) Dip Mgmt, Family Engagement Consultant



Di has worked in education in both paid and unpaid capacity for the past 32 years

Di has a passion for education, in particular public education, and the opportunities it affords young people. She has led the ACSSO secretariat since 2011 but has been a significant player in parent activism since 1984 when her eldest child commenced school. She is proud of her four children’s achievements – all successes of public education.

She has held various volunteer roles in the parent movement finishing her P&C career as President of the Federation of Parents and Citizens Associations of NSW.

Di was a founding Director of Public Education Foundation whose board position she held for six years; a founding Director of Primary Ethics Board and also a founding Director of The Parenthood board.

She worked in a paid capacity for the NSW education department in a number of roles across a large area of Sydney. Her roles were all in the area of parent engagement and home-school partnerships including school based community officer, across district Community Development Officer and regional Partnership Officer – all through the Priority Schools Program.

Recognition of her work saw her commended for Meritorious Service to Public Education and Training in 2010. In 2012 Dianne was admitted as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for her service to public education and the community

Di’s greatest love is her family but coming a close second is her love of music. Whilst an amateur guitar player she likes to spend downtime with it, her grandchildren and her playing her vinyl albums on the new turntable.


Di can be contacted on: 0418 470 604 Email: ceo@acsso.org.au




Director: Sharron Healey

Sharron has been an active member of her three children’s school Parent Clubs for 20 years, serving as an ordinary member and president at both primary and secondary levels.

She is also currently the president of her child’s secondary School Council, and president of Parents Victoria Inc., the Victorian affiliate of ACSSO. Founded in 1925 as the peak body representing the collective views of parents in public education in Victoria, Parents Victoria was also a founding member of ACSSO.

Sharron’s interest in promoting and advocating for public education comes from a desire to see every child in our country having access to a first-class educational experience.


Director: Gary Morse

Gary has served on School Associations since his youngest child began Kindergarten. His two children, now adults, attended public schools for their entire school education. He has continued his role with School Associations as a Community Representative.

Involvement with the Tasmanian Association of State School Organisations (TASSO) began in 2010 and Gary served in the capacity of North-West Delegate, Junior Vice President and currently serving a second term as Treasurer. His involvement with TASSO expanded his knowledge of public education and introduced him to ACSSO and its role as the national body, this led to his appointment in 2017 as TASSO’s Member Representative. He believes the knowledge and experience gained from these organisations has enhanced and shown him how much better a school can be if everyone works together for the best educational outcomes for all students.

The area Gary is most interested in is Family Engagement. Where families and schools work side by side to enhance the education of students through effective two-way communication, mutual respect and genuine relationships. Where the parent voice is represented and heard by the decision-makers in public education ranging from the local school to all levels of government and bureaucracy.

Regardless of a student’s background or where they live, all are entitled to a high-quality public education


Director: Andrew Bidwell

Andrew is an active and enthusiastic participant in his children’s public school environments and has served as president for the local P&C. He has three children currently attending primary and secondary schools in the ACT. He supports students, parents and teachers in his local school communities.

Andrew has a social justice focus and believes that a strong education not only improves the well-being of our students, but also our nation. His interests include the future of education and relevant application to the workforce


Director: Dr Fiona McGaughey

Dr Fiona McGaughey is proud mum to three primary school age children, two boys and a girl, who attend their local public school. Fiona is also a passionate educator who teaches at the University of Western Australia (UWA) Law School. Her research at UWA predominantly focuses on human rights and equality and on tertiary teaching. She has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) in Law with French, a Master of Human Rights and a PhD in international human rights law. Originally from Northern Ireland, Fiona has lived in Perth on and off for the past 17 years. She has previously worked in the private sector as a management consultant and in the not-for-profit sector in Ireland and Australia where she specialised in research and policy in the areas of racial equality and disability.


Director: Susan O’Leary

Susan O’Leary combines professional educational qualifications with participation in public education over more than forty years, both as a teacher and parent. A qualified teacher with a Diploma of Teaching (Primary) and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Legal Studies she has taught in public schools, community education and presented education and training programs in the public sector and for businesses.

Firstly as a teacher in a country infant room, participating in the Disadvantaged Schools’ Programme, then volunteering in schools, Susan has developed an in-depth knowledge of the importance of parent participation in achieving the best outcomes for students.

Susan worked for the Accident Compensation Commission (Workcover) training their people, employers, workers and service providers becoming Manager, Education in 1988. She continued on to her own training and consultancy business, specialising in workplace training and advice.

With the entry of her daughter into kindergarten, Susan joined the kindergarten committee, parent groups and school council in public schools. She was a member of the Executive of Parents’ Victoria from 2010 to 2012.


Director: Sarah Jefferson

Sarah is an experienced educator who has taught in a range of schools. She is a former Head of English and Literacy Co-ordinator. Sarah has completed the Masters by Research Practice units of the Integrated PhD course at ECU. She is currently completing her PhD at ECU. Her research topic centres around the role of social support as a coping strategy for positive veteran teachers.

Her other interests centre around working with children in detention, inclusion and diversity in schools and assessment for learning.

Sarah is a proud parent of three children and a keen crossfitter


Company Secretary: John O’Shannassy
M. Laws , M. Ed (Adult Ed), B Business, B Science (Elect Eng),Practitioner’s Certificate in Mediation, Graduate Diploma of Company Secretarial Practice CSA, Advanced Certificate in Arbitration

John is a Principal Lawyer at Australian Corporate Lawyers & Advisors and is directly related to corporate governance where he ensures corporations have corporate governance policy and procedures in place. He has 16 years experience in company secretarial services and designed governance and compliance for organisations and managed the ASIC, Austrac and NSW government compliance issues. John has led small and large teams and departments at various times, including roles as: General Counsel/Company Secretary at the University of Technology Sydney; Company Secretary/General Counsel at Apex; and governance and commercial advisory with Australian Corporate Lawyers & Advisers. In his spare time John enjoys participating in Surf Lifesaving, refereeing Rugby Union and Computer Programming.


Communications Officer: Kim Pick

Kim led and held various positions in her children's P&C for 13 continuous years, whilst all three daughters attended primary school. She was instrumental from conception to completion in the construction of a community cottage. This project increased parent participation in many areas. Kim participated and represented her school P&C at area and regional level and sat on many panels for staff selection both school and with local area.

Kim has been in business with her husband for 38 years, whilst maintaining an Executive Administration & Management career, more recently a complete change of direction she now owns and operates a small home beauty business.

She has an active lifestyle with a love of all sports, she coached school, club and representative basketball teams for over 20 years, hobbies include photography and design and spending time with her four grandkids.


Projects Officer: Donna Sirmais,
M. TEACH - (Primary), B. Arts (Primary Education and Psychology), Family Engagement Practitioner and Consultant

“When parents, families, schools and communities work in partnership, everyone benefits.”

Donna is an experienced family engagement practitioner and consultant with some 17 years’ experience which commenced when her eldest of three children began Kindergarten. The positive family engagement practices she experienced at the school motivated Donna to be a passionate advocate for Family Engagement practices in schools and reshape her career path. She believes that the relationships which are built between schools and families not only impact the life course for students but can also change the path for for families.

Donna has held various roles within school P&C associations including President and built on family engagement practices and effective communication strategies to assist learning outcomes for students and their families as a Community Liaison Officer and Community Partnerships Officer and in a regional position as a Partnership Officer.

Donna has been a member of the ACSSO team since 2013

Donna was recognised for her work in family and community engagement in schools, with a NSW Department of Education Certificate of Achievement award.


Administration Officer: Rebecca Ashford Wykes

Bec works in our office 13 hours per week and assists with the day to day operations of ACCSO Ltd. Bec joins the team with a wealth of experience in a number of different roles. In particular, she has put her highly regarded organisational skills into practice which has made a significant impact on the day to day running of the ACSSO office.

Bec is passionate about health and wellbeing. She was previously a group fitness coordinator in a health and fitness centre where she wrote and delivered group exercise classes to a range of participants including many school groups. She was also team leader of customer service where she managed a database of several thousand fitness, gymnastics and child care memberships.

To take time out, Bec loves to camp at the beach with her family in their mobile caravan, creating experiences and making memories with her husband and 2 young children.

0418 470 604 (Monday through to Friday)
PO BOX 8221,Werrington County, NSW, Australia, 2747
0497 042 026 (Monday, Wednesday & Thursday)

ACN 611 783 218

ABN 51319893516

Email:

president@acsso.org.au

ceo@acsso.org.au

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For all media enquiries please contact our Chair Kevan Goodworth 0419 986 547 or alternatively contact our CEO Dianne Giblin 0418 470 604

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