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What External Relations does

The External Relations directorate:

  • provides independent advice, administrative and policy support to the Minister for Education in regard to
    • early childhood services
    • multicultural education and languages
    • children and students with disability
    • ethnic schools
    • the government and non-government education sectors
    • non-government organisations
  • builds relationships and developing strategy with non-government schooling sectors and other stakeholders, notably other SA government agencies and interstate education agencies
  • provides executive support to the Ministerial Advisory Committee: Children and Students With Disabilities (MAC:CSWD) and the Multicultural Education and Languages Committee (MELC)
  • coordinates the sector heads group comprising the chief executives of the three education sectors (government, Catholic and independent)
  • builds strategic relationships with key peak bodies and co-ordinate stakeholder engagement for the Department for Education
  • maintains relationships with a number of representative associations, which can provide advice and expertise on behalf of their members
  • contributes to collaborative education reform agreed by the three education sectors (government, Catholic and independent)
  • manages state government funding approvals to non-government schools and continued compliance with funding deeds
  • manages a compliance regime and the allocation of state government funding for ethnic schools
  • administers the minister’s discretionary grant funding to government and non-government organisations
  • provides administration services to the Child Development Council, the Guardian for Children and Young People and the Child Death and Serious Injury Review Committee.

Representative associations

South Australian Area Schools Leaders Association (SAASLA)

Ray Marino
Assistant President
Phone: 8626 1202
Website: https://saasla.sa.edu.au/

Small Schools Association of South Australia (SSASA)

Wade Branford
Phone: 8625 0006
Website: http://www.ssasa.sa.edu.au/

Preschool Directors Association of South Australia (PDA)

Ann Millhouse
Phone: 8322 3798
Website: https://preschooldirectorsassociation.sa.edu.au/

South Australian Primary Principals Association (SAPPA)

Angela Falkenberg
Phone: 8463 5845
Website: https://www.sappa.com.au/

South Australian Secondary Principals Association (SASPA)

Peter Mader
Phone: 8463 5810
Website: https://www.saspa.com.au/

South Australian Special Education Principals and Leaders Association (SASEPLA)

Byron Stuut
Phone: 8254 2554
Website: https://sasepla.org.au/

SA Association of School Parent Communities Inc (SAASPC)

Jenice Zerna
Phone: 1800 724 640
Website: http://www.saaspc.org.au/

SA State Schools Administrative Officers Association (SASSAOA) 

Julie Heddle
Phone: 8255 7566
Website: http://www.sassaoa.sa.edu.au/index.html

Educators SA (CEASA) (represent 15,000 teachers across 58 associations)

Rod Nancarrow
Executive Director
Phone: 8463 5870
Website: https://ceasa.asn.au/

Catholic Education South Australia (CESA)

Dr Neil McGoran
Phone: 8301 6600
Website: http://www.cesa.catholic.edu.au/

Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA)

Carolyn Grantskalns
Chief Executive
Phone: 8179 1400
Website: http://www.ais.sa.edu.au/


External Relations

Phone: 8226 0042
Email: education.ExternalRelations [at] sa.gov.au