Functions & Services

KEY FUNCTIONS

The AISSA provides a range of services to its member schools including:

  • Advocacy
  • Representation
  • Policy analysis
  • Advice and information
  • Preparation of policy and procedures
  • Research, including data collection and collation
  • Professional development, in particular curriculum leadership development and teacher quality
  • Report and submission preparation
  • Complaints handling from the wider community.

These above services are incorporated into the following areas:

Funding, Legislation and Administration

The AISSA:

  • conducts strategic negotiations with the Department for Education and Child Development, other government agencies, other education and training institutions and the Catholic Education Office on a wide range of administrative regulatory matters
  • represents member schools on a wide range of government boards and ministerial advisory committees and major agency working parties
  • co-ordinates and prepares submissions and responses to major legislative and policy reviews
  • investigates the viability of new services to members schools
  • provides advice on legislation and regulations, such as school registration, regulation of early childhood and care services, child protection, not-for-profit regulation, school board governance, compliance, copyright and animal ethics
  • provides legal advice on a wide range of administrative and regulatory matters
  • maintains an index of advice and policies relevant to member schools and facilitates communication and transfer of information to schools
  • analyses census and demographic data to assist schools in relation to a range of administrative services and monitors changes in student profiles.

Education Services

The AISSA:

  • provides leadership and guidance on a wide range of curriculum initiatives, e.g. Australian Curriculum, Early Learning Framework, middle schooling, Senior Secondary Certificate, registration requirements
  • assists with professional development of staff and the development of educational programs
  • evaluates key education and children's services initiatives and prepares responses to issues and policies
  • prepares responses to key educational issues and policies
  • advises on primary and secondary curriculum issues and policies
  • prepares submissions for external funding
  • manages resources, including staff, for externally funded projects
  • advises on the relationship between curriculum and school organisation
  • advises senior staff in member schools on school policy development and practices
  • represents member schools on national and state education agencies/committees
  • provides advice on ICT as it applies to teaching and learning
  • supports schools in the review of curriculum and teaching and learning strategies
  • liaises with other education agencies
  • develops curriculum related policy guidelines
  • assists schools to develop educational programs.

Industrial Relations

The AISSA:

  • provides advice to member schools on industrial awards, enterprise bargaining, occupational health, welfare and safety application of teacher standards, staff performance appraisal, workers compensation, etc.
  • liaises and negotiates with employee organisations and other key employer organisations
  • disseminates information on industrial issues and initiatives
  • advises on individual staff industrial matters
  • prepares policy advice to schools
  • represents independent schools before industrial tribunals and other industrial hearings
  • seeks legal advice where necessary
  • seeks advice from other professionals on industrial matters
  • represents member schools on peak employer groups
  • disseminates information on changes to industrial relations legislation, regulations, etc.
  • provides professional development on key industrial policy issues
  • services the AISSA Human Resources Management Reference Group
  • prosecutes or defends any applications or proceedings before any court or tribunal
  • acts as an Organisation of Employers for the purpose of industrial laws for both Commonwealth and State legislatures.
  • conducts a professional development program for members of school boards and provides advice to individual boards
  • conducts professional development programs associated with teacher quality and leadership development
  • provides advice on school improvement strategies.

School Board Governance

The AISSA:

  • briefs school boards on key policy directions
  • seeks advice from school boards.

Representation and Advocacy

The AISSA is recognised as the peak body for the non-government independent school sector in South Australia because it:

  • promotes and protects the common interests of member schools
  • is recognised by other key educational agencies, governments and the media as the credible advocate for independent schools in South Australia
  • makes representation to governments, politicians, the media and educational agencies on behalf of independent schools
  • promotes the independent school sector to the community locally and internationally
  • provides a forum for open discussion of issues for various interest groups within the non-government independent school sector
  • analyses emerging issues and trends and provides advice on appropriate actions to be taken
  • makes representations to governments and educational agencies on behalf of independent schools
  • is a focal point for expert advice to member schools across a wide range of administrative, legislative, industrial and educational areas
  • manages resources on behalf of governments, other agencies and member schools
  • collects and analyses information to meet educational and financial accountability requirements
  • disseminates and interprets information for the benefit of members
  • facilitates co-operation with other education agencies.

Administration Support

The AISSA Office:

  • administers government funds across a wide range of projects and programs
  • administers accountability requirements on behalf of the independent school sector
  • provides support to AISSA Board and Standing Committees and other internal committees
  • maintains bushfire and fire ban notification
  • maintains teacher application information
  • distributes information to member schools from external sources
  • handles enquiries from parents and the public
  • administers ACER scholarships
  • provides support to the SA Independent Schools Block Grant Authority Inc, including interpretation and development of guidelines, processing of applications, payment of grants andpreparation of accountability requirements
  • provides support to the SA Independent Schools Targeted Program Authority Inc
  • seeks out funding sources for educational programs and prepares submissions to obtain funds.

Organisational Change and Improvement

The AISSA:

  • facilitates group discussion among representatives of a school community
  • provides advice on key educational, human resource management, governance, funding and other policy matters that may influence the directions of individual member schools
  • provides advice on strategic planning to individual schools
  • provides advice to new and existing schools on organisational requirements to establish and maintain high quality education and care within an overall improvement strategy.

International Student Education

The AISSA:

  • provides a focal point for communication with key government agencies and private companies and the media
  • provides advice to member schools on legislation and regulation of overseas student enrolment
  • prepares submissions to government on relevant legislation and policy
  • provides information to member schools in overseas education exhibitions
  • provides a contact point for the Australian International Education Foundation distributing information, meeting overseas visitors and attending consultations
  • consults with Austrade and prepares Export Market Development Grant claim for consortium members
  • investigates the opportunities for joint marketing ventures
  • coordinates cooperative international marketing ventures.