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 11 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
Mr Paul Rogers – Tatachilla Lutheran College

Principals of Member Schools
Ms Anne Dunstan – Pulteney Grammar School
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


Scheduled Election E2019/17 – Post-election Report

A copy of the Australian Electoral Commission’s Post-election Report is available to AISSA members on request. Please contact the AISSA office on 8179 1400 or the Australian Electoral Commission on 8237 6555 if you would like to receive a copy of the full Report.

Extract of the AEC Post-election Report re Rules difficult to apply/interpret.

AISSA response to the AEC re Rules difficult to apply/interpret.



AISSA Constitution 18 September 2017


Grievance Policy

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.