Mission and Structure

The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) represents the interests of the Independent school sector on a national basis such as in relation to Australian Government funding and representation on national policy making bodies.

Our Vision

That ISCA is a strong, effective representative of Independent schools, working closely with member associations to promote choice, diversity and partnership in education and advocating for the provision of ongoing, sustainable levels of Australian Government support.

Our Mission

ISCA serves and supports its members and through them Independent schools by:

  • being the leading national advocate of Independent schooling in Australia
  • providing strong and effective representation of the Independent schooling sector to Government and other stakeholders
  • promoting choice, diversity and autonomy
  • highlighting the contribution of Independent schools to Australia through quality education and innovation
  • securing the appropriate level of Australian Government support for students in Independent schools

ISCA Strategic Plan 2017 – 19

The ISCA Strategic Plan 2017 – 19 is available to view in PDF format.

ISCA Structure

While ISCA maintains only a small secretariat, it is effective in achieving its goals through the support of its member Associations. Independent schools may choose to belong to their State or Territory Association of Independent Schools (AIS). It is the AISs that provide direct services to schools in the area of administration of Commonwealth targeted programme funding, curriculum support, professional development and industrial services. They also represent the interests of Independent schools on a State or Territory basis.

Board of Management

The Board of Management is responsible for ensuring that ISCA is managed effectively on behalf of the member Associations and to set general policy directions. The Board is made up of a Chairman and one delegate from each of the eight State and Territory Associations.

Executive Directors’ Council (EDCO)

The Executive Directors of the State and Territory Associations, together with ISCA’s Executive Director, constitute the Executive Directors’ Council (EDCO). EDCO meets frequently throughout the year and provides advice to the ISCA Executive Director on ISCA issues. EDCO also provides a forum for discussion of issues that are principally Association-related.


Details of ISCA’s staff contacts are available at Contact Us.

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