The Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA) leads, supports, represents and advocates for the independent sector in South Australia to enhance the success, sustainability and strength of its member schools. Established in 1975 with 14 members it now represents 100% of the independent (non-Catholic, non-Government) schools in SA. The AISSA is the peak body for the Independent school sector in South Australia and is a member of the Independent Schools Council of Australia which represents independent schools nation-wide. The Association provides a forum for debate on significant policy issues and plays a leadership role in providing advice and information, representing individual schools and the sector.

Across all of its activities, the AISSA is guided by:

  • a commitment to the independence of member schools to develop in ways that embody their individual philosophies
  • a belief that the Independent sector offers genuine diversity that ensures parents have real choice in selecting their children’s schooling
  • a commitment to integrity, excellence and expertise.

For more information about the AISSA’s purpose and priorities please see the AISSA Strategic Intentions.

The AISSA Board

The AISSA Board currently consists of 9 members and is a representative Board. The Board is focused on strategic/policy issues and strategies of significance to member schools and also attends to its role as a governing body.  The AISSA Board members are as follows:

Governors of Member Schools
Mr Kym Wallent – Immanuel College
Mr Kristian Downing – St Andrew’s School (Chair)
Mr Don Grimmett – King’s Baptist Grammar School

Principals of Member Schools
Mr Luke Ritchie – Annesley Junior School
Mr Dominic Hopps – Hope Christian College
Ms Heidi Payne – Suneden Specialist School

Bursar/Business Manager/Administrator of a Member School
Mr Brenton Howell – St John’s Grammar School

Group of “up to four (4) other persons”
Mr John Proeve – Executive Director, Lutheran Education SA, NT & WA
Ms Rebecca Clarke – Principal, Walford Anglican School for Girls (Deputy Chair)

Mrs Carolyn Grantskalns – Chief Executive 
Ms Lynn Carter  – Minute Secretary

AISSA’s Constitution

AISSA Constitution 18 September 2017

On 17 July 2020, an application to make alterations to the AISSA’s Constitution was lodged with the Fair Work Commission.

Customer Service Standards and Grievance Policy

AISSA Customer Service Standards
AISSA Grievance Policy

To contact AISSA Chief Executive Carolyn Grantskalns please call (08) 8179 1400 or to contact AISSA Board Chair Kristian Downing please call (08) 8168 5555.

Privacy Policy

AISSA Privacy Policy
AISSA Privacy Standard Collection Notice
AISSA Video Conferencing Collection Notice

Choice and Affordability Fund

AISSA Work Plan 2020-21