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Parents Associations

School parents Associations

National School Associations

School parents associations

There are a number of school parent associations concerned with educational issues which parents may join. These include:

Council of Catholic School Parents

The Council of Catholic School Parents (CCSP) is the official body recognised by the Catholic Bishops to represent parents and children in Catholic schools in NSW.

The members of the Council are the eleven Diocesan parent bodies, each of which represents the parents of children in Catholic schools in the respective dioceses.

Each diocesan parent organisation authorises, in writing, a parent to act as its representative on the Council.

Contact details

PO Box A960
Sydney South NSW 1235
Ph: (02) 9390 5339
Fax: (02) 9390 5299
Anne McLean
Executive Officer
Danielle Cronin

Federation of Parents and Citizens' Associations of New South Wales

The Federation of Parents and Citizens' Associations of New South Wales was established to give parents of government school students an active role in the education of their children.

Federated in 1922, the P&C Federation includes 2100 affiliated associations. The Federation aims to encourage a 'free public education system' for all students.

At its annual conference the Federation's Council develops policy to promote to school communities.

To join a Parents & Citizens Association and become involved in your school community, contact your local school.

Contact details

Locked Bag 40
41 Cowper Street
Granville 2142
Ph: 1300 885 982
Fax: 1800 655 866
Executive Officer/Contact

Isolated Children's Parents' Association (ICPA Aust)

The Isolated Children's Parents Association is a voluntary, non-profit organisation established to represent geographically isolated children. The goal of the Association is to seek equitable access for its members to an appropriate school or tertiary institution.

The Association defines 'geographically isolated students' as those whose home is too far away from an appropriate school for them to attend on a daily basis.

The Association lobbies on behalf of all geographically isolated students from pre-school to tertiary level, from both government and non-government schools.

Membership is open to all individuals or families.

Contact details

Federal President
Mrs Roxanne Morrissey
NSW State President
Mr David Cameron
53 Cameron's Lane
Rowena NSW 2387
Ph: (02) 6796 5166
Fax: (02) 6796 5166

Learning Difficulties Coalition

The Learning Difficulties Coalition NSW Inc is an advocacy group that represents parent support groups across the state encompassing ADHD, Aspergers syndrome, hyperactivity, Autism, and Tourettes and other learning difficulties.

Contact details

PO Box 140
Westmead NSW 2145
Ph (02) 9806 9960
fax (02) 9806 9940
Jude Foster

NSW Parents Council Inc

NSW Parents Council Inc (NSWPC) is the state-wide organisation that has represented parents of non-government school children since 1962.

NSWPC represents non-government school parents in the political and educational arenas; conducts programs for parents; and informs parents and their school communities on relevant educational matters. It also supports parents through the provision of information aiming to help foster strong family-school partnerships.

NSWPC is the state affiliate to the Australian Parents Council (APC), the national federation of parenting organisations representing parents of non-government school children across Australia.

Membership is open to non-government school parent associations and interested individuals.

Contact details

PO Box 1152
North Sydney NSW 2059
Ph: (02) 9955 8276
Fax: (02) 9954 4429
Malcolm Pound
Executive Officer-Communications
Michelle FitzGerald

National School Associations

Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales (AIS)

The Association of Independent Schools (AIS) is the peak body for independent schools in NSW and represents the interests of all independent schools in consultations with governments, statutory authorities and a wide range of other education stakeholders.

Contact details

Level 12, 99 York St
Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9299 2845
Fax: (02) 9290 2274
Executive Director
Geoff Newcombe
Deputy Executive Director
Michael Carr

Christian Education National (CEN)

Christian Education National was officially constituted in 1966 with nine member associations. It became an incorporated body in 1988 and is governed by a board appointed by member associations (53 to date). Member associations have formed their national body to enable them to share resources and provide mutual support in areas such as teacher education.

Each Christian Education National school is owned and operated by an association of committed Christian parents, drawn from all the mainstream churches in the surrounding community. They seek to offer a faith-based education, with a genuine commitment to families and community. There are 80 schools with 23 000 students nationally. Most CEN schools are Kindergarten to Year 12 schools, ranging in size from 25 to 1000 students. A small number of schools offer Kindergarden to Year 7 or Kindergarten to Year 10.

CEN NSW provides support and training in areas such as policy, compliance, board and executive management, industrial relations, advocacy and staff development conferences.

Contact details

PO Box 391
Narellan NSW 2567
Ph: (02) 4648 4894
Mob: 0438 027 303
Fax: (02) 4647 7811
State Executive Officer NSW
Mr William Gardner
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