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ACSSO is represented on the Asia Education Foundation Advisory Board and on its work on the development of promotional materials to key elements of school communities (parents, students, teachers, principals) on the importance of Asian studies and cultural understanding. ACSSO plays a key role on the board of the AEF and also works in collaboration with the distribution and publicising of surveys to support research

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ACSSO supported the work of “That Sugar Film” – participated in the Good Pitch panel and advisory meetings. Supported with the distribution of information to schools.
Following this conference ACSSO will again work with Good Pitch with regard to the film “On Richard’s side” – this may lead to an opportunity to work on an awareness kit for families of children with disability.

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ACSSO’s CEO is a member of ARACY’s Parent Engagement Expert Reference Group

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ACSSO is a representative on National Curriculum forums

ACARA - Students with Disability Advisory Group

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Australian Council for Children and Media

ACSSO was a key supporter of the consortium bid for the World Summit on Media for Children 2017– it was unfortunate that ACCM was unsuccessful

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We continue to work with The Parenthood; CEO sits on the Board – key interests are in the early childhood arena

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ACSSO is a key supporter of the Australian Learning Lectures. Working with the Koshland Innovation Foundation. Read a case study

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Charles Sturt University’s School of Education - Continuity of learning through effective transition to school project: working with Sue Dockett and Bob Perry. Member of the Advisory Group

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ACSSO is represented on the National Student Services Partnership Group convened by the Department of Human Services.

The role of the National Student Services Partnership Group is to provide advice to, and work together with, the Department of Human Services on all aspects of service to students, including: the quality and effectiveness of services provided by the department; service delivery developments including online initiatives; and opportunities to build partnerships with a view to providing a comprehensive, integrated and high quality service to students across Australia.

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The Public Education Foundation: strong supporter of the Awards night and assists with promoting the scholarships and publishing the outcomes

ACSSO also works in collaboration with Secondary Principals Council; the Australian Government Primary Principals Association, the Australian Primary Principals Association; Children with Disability Association, Early Childhood Australia and Australian Council Early Childhood and Quality Assurance (ACECQA), Australian Parents Council and their affiliates and Isolated Children’s Parents Association. We meet (face to face; telephone or email) regularly with these groups.

In addition to those mentioned ACSSO continues to represent parents and community in many forums.

ACSSO continues to work closely with;

  • ACARA; regularly taking part in the ACARA stakeholder forums; making submissions and commenting on documents.
  • NSW Department of Education through the issues of the state P&C body by providing (on request) a representative to a number of panels. ACSSO has also provided information sessions regarding National issues to a number of “regional” P&C meetings in NSW.

ACSSO CEO manages the Family-School and Community Partnerships Bureau. ACSSO continues its role on the governance committee of the Family-School Community Partnerships Bureau, working to ensure the strategies and objectives of the Bureau are realised.

ACSSO has participated in the Safe Schools Coalition dinner workshop and symposium and is a key supporter of the Need to Succeed Alliance: Sydney and Victorian symposium

ACSSO continues to support and promote:

  • National Walk Safely to School Day
  • Bullying No Way – Anti Bullying campaign
  • National Sorry Day
  • Australian Education for Sustainability Alliance
  • Anti- Poverty week
  • National Day of Reading

ACSSO continues to reflect on its own performance and workings in order to improve the way it supports and delivers the message of parents in public schools

Volunteer time continues to be an issue for greater participation in activities and we acknowledge the importance of reaching out to the wider parent pool in order to ensure when requested by government, department, stakeholders and media that we are able to respond appropriately, timely and effectively.

ACSSO has continued the review of its strategic plan to ensure it is aligned with current key education priorities and issues.