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Mission and Structure

The Independent Schools Australia (ISA, formerly ISCA) represents the interests of the Independent school sector on a national basis such as in relation to Australian Government funding and representation on national policy making bodies.

Our Vision

That ISA is a strong, effective representative of Independent schools, working closely with member associations to promote choice, diversity and partnership in education and advocating for the provision of ongoing, sustainable levels of Australian Government support.

Our Mission

ISA serves and supports its members and through them Independent schools by:

  • being the leading national advocate of Independent schooling in Australia
  • providing strong and effective representation of the Independent schooling sector to Government and other stakeholders
  • promoting choice, diversity and autonomy
  • highlighting the contribution of Independent schools to Australia through quality education and innovation
  • securing the appropriate level of Australian Government support for students in Independent schools

ISA Strategic Plan

A new ISA strategic plan is currently under development. Meanwhile, the previous ISCA Strategic Plan 2017 – 19 is available to view in PDF format.

ISA Structure

While ISA maintains only a small secretariat, it is effective in achieving its goals through the support of its member Associations. Independent schools may choose to belong to their State or Territory Association of Independent Schools (AIS). It is the AISs that provide direct services to schools in the area of administration of Commonwealth targeted programme funding, curriculum support, professional development and industrial services. They also represent the interests of Independent schools on a State or Territory basis.

ISA Board

The ISA Board is responsible for ensuring that ISA is managed effectively on behalf of the member Associations and to set general policy directions. The Board is made up of a Chair and one delegate from the boards of each of the eight State and Territory Associations plus the eight Executive Directors of the eight State and Territory Associations.

Executive Directors’ Council (EDCO)

The Executive Directors of the State and Territory Associations, together with ISA’s Chief Executive Officer, constitute the Executive Directors’ Council (EDCO). EDCO meets frequently throughout the year and provides advice to the ISA CEO on ISA issues. EDCO also provides a forum for discussion of issues that are principally Association-related.


Details of ISA’s staff contacts are available at ISA Secretariat.

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