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 $88per 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 2017 conference “Mission Possible” will be held in Adelaide 10th-12th July, with accommodation at nearby first class hotels. 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 2016-17 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 has more detailed information relevant to our work and environment, and uploads from professional development.

    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!

    In addition, we 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 13-14th July 2017, in Perth, Western Australia.

    This year Fuji Xerox Australia 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.

    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.

    Currently we distribute a quarterly Newsletter to all schools; this provides up-to- date information about sites, SASSAOA events, procedures and important timelines. We are investigating implementation of a Facebook page and other social media communications.

    Julie Heddle, President

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