Welcome to SASSAOA!

The South Australian State School Administrative Officers Association was first formed in 1974 and has evolved from small beginnings to representing Primary, Secondary, Special, Area and Combined schools across our state.

If you are an Ancillary staff leader responsible for business management, finance or personnel management in a South Australian Government school, then you are eligible to become a member of SASSAOA. Registration for membership is due annually aligned with a school year, ie from January to December. There is a link for applying for Membership on this website. Membership is currently $100 per annum inc GST. The membership fee is currently under review. We price all events as non-profit to keep costs as low as possible for sites.

SASSAOA offers professional development to members and non-members including:

  • An annual 3 day Residential Conference held in the first week of the July school holidays
  • One members only Leaders’ Day – usually late Term 1 or early Term 2
  • One Seminar Day in Term 4.
  • The 2018 conference “Seeds for Success” will be held in Adelaide 8th-10th July, with the conference and accommodation at The Hilton Hotel in Victoria Square. Look out for our bargain early bird registration rate for conferences! Please check our website for current information about up-coming professional development opportunities.

    Nominations for committee membership is sought prior to our annual conference each year. Congratulations and welcome to our 2017-18 Management committee listed here.

    Membership of SASSAOA includes access to SASSAOA Talk, a chat-line for members to share information and seek support from fellow members. This is a valuable communication tool and networking link that is well supported and well used.

    The Membership side of our website, requires you to log in, and has more detailed information relevant to our work and environment, and uploads from professional development presentations.

    Our Committee members represent our Association at Interstate conferences held by Business Manager peer groups. Reports from these can be found on our website.

    Members can also attend interstate conferences – each year we extend an invitation for members to apply to attend a conference of their choice, partly funded by SASSAOA. These opportunities provide excellent professional development, strengthen our national ties and are great fun! This year the conference being offered is the National AAGSA Conference 12th-13th July 2018 in Launceston, Tasmania.

    Two of our SASSAOA Management Committee, Sue Ruciack and Lesley Knowles, represent South Australia on the national Association for Australian Government Schools Administrators (AAGSA) which works towards seeking representation on appropriate bodies that impact on school administration nationally. All members of SASSAOA are automatically members of AAGSA. The annual AGM will be held on in Tasmania this year.

    This year Camp Australia and Advanced Life sponsored 4 x $500 Professional Development Scholarships which were awarded to our members to use to further their professional learning.

    Our Management Committee provides members with up to date information on new initiatives, policies and procedures by actively participating in DECD Reference Groups and Working Parties in areas that impact schools. We also meet once per term with the DECD Executive group.

    These connections are important and are a means of giving relevant, valuable feedback and direction to DECD. We are currently working closely with the EMS Project Team and are regularly consulted by DECD on issues affecting schools, particularly in relation to ancillary staffing, funding and changes to policies and procedures.

    We have discontinued the Newsletter to all schools and are in the process of developing a brand new website that will feature scrolling news – this will be launched at this year’s conference. We also have a Facebook page and will further investigate other social media communications.

    Julie Heddle, President
    Julie Heddle, President

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