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ASPA June 2024 Board Communique

Thursday June 27

Communique: ASPA Board Meeting


Online, June 2024


The ASPA Board convened online on June 18th, 2024. The meeting welcomed new members, Denise Lofts as NSWSPC President and Nikki Pag-Ong as ASPA Executive Officer, while acknowledging and thanking outgoing NSWSPC President, Craig Peterson, for his service.


Board members attending the meeting were Andy Mison (ASPA President), Kirsten Ferdinands (QSPA), Mat Grining (TPA), Jayne Heath (SASPA), Robyn Thorpe (NTPA), Melissa Gillett (WASSEA); Simon Vaughan (ACTPA), Colin Axup (VASSP) and Denise Lofts (NSWSPC).


Key discussion points and actions from the meeting included:


Review and Approval of the Draft 24/25 Budget: ASPA has improved its financial position, the Board approved the budget.


2025 National Education Summit: Planning has commenced for this flagship ASPA event, designed to influence policy, raise the organisations’ profile and engage school leaders and principals directly with policy makers.


Engagement with National Agencies: ASPA has recently met and engaged with AERO and ACARA on the matter of AERO’s 2024/2025 research agenda and in relation to the timing of publication for MySchools data by ACARA’s   The Board agreed on the importance of continued constructive engagement with the National Statutory Authorities and advocating on behalf of members.


Minister’s Roundtable Update: Key issues of School funding and reform, and principals’ wellbeing and efficacy will be discussed at a Roundtable meeting with Federal Education Minister Jason Clare on June 28th in Sydney. This meeting has been organised in response to ASPA’s advocacy. The Board emphasized the need for a unified voice on behalf of all Australian school leaders and principals in advocating for reform.


The ASPA Board remains committed to its mission of advocating for the professional interests of secondary school leaders and the advancement of the school communities they lead. The Board will continue to engage in constructive dialogue with stakeholders across the education sector to ensure that the voices of secondary principals are heard and their concerns are addressed.

Media enquiries: Andy Mison 0400202088


About ASPA:

The Australian Secondary Principals Association (ASPA) is the national peak body representing government secondary school leaders in every Australian state and territory.

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