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 13 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 (Deputy Chair)
Mr Don Grimmett – King’s Baptist Grammar School
Ms Kymberley Lawrence – Annesley Junior School

Principals of Member Schools
Mr Luke Ritchie – Annesley Junior School (Chair)
Mr Dominic Hopps – Hope Christian College
Ms Heidi Payne – Suneden Specialist School
Mr Marcel Rijken – Temple Christian College

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
Mr Michael Potter – Head of Schools, Tyndale Christian School
Mr Jason Haseldine – Director of Finance & Administration, St Peter’s College

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


AISSA’s Constitution

AISSA Constitution effective 4 November 2020


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 Luke Ritchie please call (08) 8422 2288.


Privacy Policy

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


Choice and Affordability Fund

2020-21 CAF Workplan
2020 CAF Annual Report


Non-Government Reform Support Fund 

2018 RSF Workplan
2018 RSF Annual Report
2019 RSF Workplan
2019 RSF Annual Report
2019-2022 RSF Strategic Plan
2020 RSF Workplan
2021 RSF Workplan