A message from the Chair

This is my first year as Chair of the Association and, as has been stated by my predecessors in past years, it has been a year to rival the busyness of previous years.

A Message From the Executive Director

2017 will surely be noted as a very meaningful year for the Association. Programs which had been built and developed over the past several years were further refined and expanded.

The Association

Key Functions

The Association of Independent Schools of the ACT (AISACT) represents and advocates for the interests of all independent schools in the ACT, consulting with governments, statutory authorities and a wide range of other educational stakeholders.


The Association has 18 Member schools, which are a diverse group of non-government schools serving a range of communities. The Schools are of different types, sizes, religious affiliations and educational philosophies and are a vital part of the ACT education system.

Our Partners

During 2017 the work of AISACT has been supported by a range of partners. We thank and appreciate the ongoing role of our major partner NAB Education which allows the Association to continue to deliver programs and events, and to develop new ones in response to member feedback. In addition we appreciate the partnership with Complispace, AON, Nexia Australia and NGS Super.



The Association’s Board is comprised of nominated representatives from each of the 18 Member schools. Each school is able to nominate two representatives, one of whom must be the Principal, and the other being a representative of the School’s governing body.

In addition to the Member school representatives, the AISACT invites its Associate Members to participate in the Association activities and meetings.

The Association extends the invitation to be an observer to the Association of Parents and Friends of ACT Schools (APFACTS). APFACTS is a partner of the Association and plays a pivotal part in supporting the Parents and Friends of Independent Schools in the ACT.

AISACT Board representative details are provided in the Appendix.

Executive Committee

Members of the Executive Committee considered the wide range of strategic impacts to the Association, the Association’s best response to those impacts on behalf of Member schools, and the strategic oversight of the services and new initiatives to support to Member and Association Member schools.

AISACT Executive Committee membership details are provided in the Appendix.

Executive Subcommittees

The Executive Committee supported the role of three strategic subcommittees: the Finance Subcommittee, the Teaching and Learning Subcommittee and the Schools for All Subcommittee. The Schools for All Subcommittee was established to provide the Executive Committee with advice on the strategic direction the Association should take with regard to addressing the recommendations of the Schools for All report. All subcommittees continued their work to provide advice on strategies, opportunities and approaches to the Executive Committee to achieve the Association’s key directions.

AISACT Executive Subcommittee membership details are provided in the Appendix.

Strategic Direction

The Office of AISACT continued to develop and provide Member schools with opportunities and support in line with the AISACT Strategic Plan (2014-2016). The AISACT Strategic Plan (2014- 2016) was endorsed by the Executive committee to continue for 2017. Member Schools provided the Office with feedback and direction via the AISACT Services and Functions annual survey.

The Association continued its partnerships with EmploySure and CompliSpace, providing Member schools the opportunity to seek advice on industrial and human resource management issues, compliance and management. The partnerships also benefited the Association to further and enhance policies and procedures.

The Association also continued its professional relationship with: The Australian Institute of Management to provide professional learning to emerging leaders within Member schools; Catholic Care to provide counselling support to schools and an employment assistance program for staff of Member schools; Gateways Education to provide professional learning on curriculum differentiation for gifted and talented students in Member schools; AON to provide insurance advice to schools.

Government Liaison

As the representative body for the Independent School sector, the Association represents the sector’s view to Territory and Federal governments on matters of significance and importance in education and in independent schools. The Association continued to work closely with the ACT Minister for Education and Early Childhood, Ms Yvette Berry MLA, ministerial advisors, and senior officials from the ACT Education Directorate. The Association also worked closely with The Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, Catholic Education to continue to advance the specific issues relating to Non-Government Schools in the ACT.

The Association made submissions on behalf of Member schools. These included submissions to the Future of Education Discussion Paper to the ACT Minister for Education and Early Childhood, and to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee for its Inquiry into the Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017.

Advocacy and Representation

The Association, through Principals, Board Members, office staff, and teachers from Member schools, represents the interests of Independent Schools, Independent Education, and the Association on a wide variety of committees, consultative groups and boards.

Financial Statements

Association of Independent Schools of the ACT Incorporated

ABN: 51 980 437 786

Statement of Comprehensive Income For the Year Ended 31 December 2017
Interest income 24,938 23,729
Funded programs 2,520,000 2,637,504
Other income 16,320 57,788
Program administration - 13,056
Services to schools 366,533 360,152
Student first support fund 908,762 886,152
Subscriptions 227,437 215,652
4,063,990 4,194,033
Administration and office expenses 49,852 58,212
Consultancy and legal 16,838 8,635
Depreciation 9,909 24,235
Funded programs 2,520,000 2,637,504
IT expenses 7,060 13,178
Projects 299,100 341,573
Rent and equipment lease 56,266 54,995
Services to schools 365,467 360,152
Subscriptions 45,860 47,610
Travel - domestic 16,563 26,849
Employee benefits expense 548,852 661,004
3,935,797 4,233,947
Surplus/Deficit for the year 128,223 (39,914)
Total comprehensive income for the year 128,223 (39,914)


Member Schools

Associate Member Schools

Board Members

  • Maureen Hartung OAM, Phillip Thompson
    (Blue Gum Community School)
  • Bruce Handley (Oct), Phil Mewett (Oct), Carl Palmer,
    Jenny Palmer (from Oct - Dec)
    (Brindabella Christian College)
  • Steven Bowers, Joel Anderson
    (Burgmann Anglican School)
  • Bree Hills
    (Canberra Christian School)
  • Anne Coutts, Matt O’Brien
    (Canberra Girls Grammar School)
  • Dr Justin Garrick, David Evans
    (Canberra Grammar School)
  • Anthony Vandermolen, Velinka Vecchi
    (Canberra Montessori School)
  • Martin Keast, Tim James
    (Covenant Christian School)
  • Rita Daniels, Br Barry Smith
    (Daramalan College)
  • Erik Hofsink, Charlotte Kruger
    (Emmaus Christian School)
  • Tim McNevin
    (Galilee School)
  • David Johns, Azra Khan
    (Islamic School of Canberra)
  • Richard Sidorko, Christine Worth
    (Marist College Canberra)
  • Linda Baird, Peter Shipp
    (Orana Steiner School)
  • Fiona Godfrey, Simon Wallace
    (Radford College)
  • Daniel Lawler, Samantha Brady
    (St Edmund’s College)
  • Bronwyn Edwards , Hassan Warsi
    (Taqwa School)
  • Andrew Clayton, Karen Achurch
    (Trinity Christian School)

Executive Committee

  • Rita Daniels - Chair
    (Daramalan College)
  • David Holmesby - resigned May 2017
  • Dr Justin Garrick - Deputy Chair
    (Canberra Grammar School)
  • Richard Sidorko - resigned May 2017
    (Marist College Canberra)
  • Steven Bowers
    (Burgmann Anglican School)
  • Samantha Brady
    (St Edmund’s College)
  • Heather Walsh
    (The Anglican School Googong)
  • Christine Worth
    (Marist College Canberra)
  • Bruce Handley
    (Brindabella Christian College)
  • Erik Hofsink
    (Emmaus Christian School)
  • Andrew Wrigley

Finance Subcommittee

  • Heather Walsh - Chair
  • Christine Worth
    (Marist College Canberra)
  • David Holmesby
    (Co-opted Member)
  • Karen Achurch
    (Trinity Christian School)
  • Amy Duan
    (Canberra Montessori School)
  • Charlotte Kruger
    (Emmaus Christian School)
  • Andrew Wrigley
  • Serita Cordeiro

Teaching and Learning Subcommittee

  • Richard Sidorko - Chair (May 2017)
    (Marist College Canberra )
  • Erik Hofsink - Chair
    (Emmaus Christian School)
  • Marianne Geoghegan
    (St Edmund’s College)
  • Naomi Cole
    (Trinity Christian School)
  • Colleen Spence
    (Marist College Canberra)
  • Rachel McClure
    (Emmaus Christian School)
  • Jane O’Brien
    (Canberra Girls Grammar School)
  • Sarah Trotter
    (Canberra Girls Grammar School)
  • Billie Trkulija
    (Canberra Grammar School)
  • Paul Southwell
    (Radford College)
  • Kath Morwitch
  • Joanne Garrisson

Schools for All Subcommittee

  • Bruce Handley - Chair (July 2017)
    (Brindabella Christian College)
  • Kerry-Anne Kwong
    (Canberra Girls Grammar School)
  • Jenny Ward
    (Trinity Christian School)
  • Leonie Owens
    (St Edmund’s College)
  • Michelle Woodward
    (Brindabella Christian College)
  • Joanne Garrisson
  • Andrew Wrigley
  • Louise Avent

Staff of the AISACT Office

  • Executive Director
    Andrew Wrigley
  • Deputy Executive Director
    Tim McNevin - January 2017
  • Senior Manager Curriculum and Professional Development
    Kath Morwitch
  • Senior Manager Strategic Programs
    Joanne Garrisson
  • Office Manager/Bookkeeper
    Serita Cordeiro
  • Administration and Project Officer
    Louise Avent - November 2017