2019 AISSA Governance Conference: Managing Critical Risks

4th May, 2019 @ 9:00 am


04/05/2019 - 9:00 am - 2:45 pm

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A Conference for School Board Chairs and Board Members, Principals and Business Managers


Printable version of Governance Conference Program


Saturday 4 May 2019

The 2019 conference has been designed to build the capacity of Board members to understand and develop strategic solutions to key risks in relation to child safety, information technology and long-term school viability.

Keynote speaker: Mr Robert Fitzgerald AM, Creating Child Safe Schools

Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM, Commissioner on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Commissioner Fitzgerald will discuss the role of School Boards in creating child safe schools including the child protection legislative context, understanding sexual abuse and creating a culture of safety.

Robert Fitzgerald AM has been a full time Commissioner with the Productivity Commission since January 2004 except for the five years when he was a Commissioner on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Prior to that appointment Commissioner Fitzgerald AM was the NSW Community and Disability Services Commissioner and Deputy Ombudsman. A commercial lawyer by profession, he has a diverse background and extensive experience in commerce, law, public policy and community services, including extensive involvement in many not-for-profit agencies. He has served on numerous NGO boards and committees including previously as President, Australian Council of Social Service.

Commissioner Fitzgerald AM was the inaugural Chair of the Advisory Board, Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission. He has been a commissioner or panel member on 17 national inquiries in economic and social policy areas. He was also the Convenor on the intergovernmental working group responsible for producing the biennial Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage Report. He holds degrees in commerce and law from the University of NSW and an honorary doctorate from the Australian Catholic University. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1994.

Keynote speaker: Ms Janet Brimson, Information & Analytics Partner, Business Aspect 

Ms Brimson will provide an awareness of the risks, issues and governance requirements related to information and digital transformation management within schools.

Janet Brimson is the Information & Analytics Partner at Business Aspect, an Australian digital business and technology consultancy which specialises in improving the performance of organisations. She is an enterprise architect with over 20 years experience delivering business transformation projects for government and the private sector. Ms Brimson’s focus has been on leading user-centred design projects from an enterprise perspective. She has designed whole of enterprise business, information and digital solutions across most industries including for all tiers of government, mining and engineering, education, finance and transport.

Keynote speaker:  Mr Anthony Mackay AM

Anthony Mackay AM, President, National Center on Education and the Economy, Washington DC will focus on a school’s value proposition and its ongoing relevance.

Mr Mackay AM has just completed his time as CEO of the Centre for Strategic Education, Melbourne. In January 2019 he commenced his new role as CEO/President of the Washington DC based National Center on Education and the Economy.

Mr Mackay, AM is Chair of the Australian Council for Educational Research, Deputy Chancellor Swinburne University, Melbourne and Deputy Chair of New Zealand’s Education Council. He is Board Chair of The Song Room, Board Director of High Resolves and Senior Fellow, Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne.

On the global stage he is an expert consultant to the OECD and UNESCO, Consultant Advisor to the Asia Society’s Global Cities Education Network, Co-Chair Global Education Leaders Partnership, Board Director of the Innovation Unit UK, and International Advisor to Learning Forward (USA). He is also the moderator of the annual International Summit on the Teaching Profession. He was Inaugural Chair of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership and the Inaugural Deputy Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. He is a Past President of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement.


Time: 9.00am to 2.45pm
Venue: Pembroke School
Cost: $125 (incl GST) per participant – Maximum $1,250 (incl GST) per school


For more information, please contact Mary Hudson, Director Leadership Institute & Senior Educational Consultant, AISSA on (08)  8179 1420 or email hudsonm@ais.sa.edu.au.


Bookings are closed for this event.