National Organisations

Catholic School Parents Australia

Catholic School Parents Australia (CSPA) is the peak body representing the state and territory based associations of Catholic school parents of over 750,000 children in Australian Catholic schools.

The objects of CSPA are to:

  • Promote and support the Church’s mission in Catholic schools in Australia;

  • Support and further the quality of education in Catholic Schools in Australia;

  • Ensure the rights of parents to choose Catholic schools and promote and protect the interests of children in Catholic schools;

  • Ensure all children receive an equitable share of public money to support a high quality education;

  • Provide leadership and support to State and Territory Catholic Education Commissions, parent bodies and other government and non-government organisations around engaging parents, families and communities in education;

  • Collaborate closely with the BCCE and national Catholic education authorities to promote the principles of Catholic education;

  • Provide a voice for Catholic school parents with Catholic and other agencies including government instrumentalities to help shape national policy as it relates to Catholic schools and their families and communities; and

  • Be a resource and provide a national forum for State and Territory Catholic school parent member bodies.

The 2018 AGM Report can be found HERE

The CSPWA Executive Officer Report 2018 for AGM February 2019 can be found HERE

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Australian Parents Council

The Australian Parents Council is the national federation of non-government school parent organisations which has represented parents of non-government school children in Australia since 1962.

The APC is highly active in advocating at a national level for fair and equitable funding for students in non-government schools, increased funding for children with disabilities and parental engagement in educational decision making by the Federal government and its departments.

CSPWA affiliation with the APC gives parents of children in Catholic schools across the State a strong and active voice in national education issues.

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APC Mission

'To promote choice and quality in schooling, the equitable distribution of government funds for schooling and effective partnerships to maximise schooling outcomes'.












Key Principles

  • Parents are the primary educators of their children

  • Parents have the right to choose the type of schooling that best suits their children

  • Governments are obliged to support parents’ capacity to exercise their right to choice of schooling

  • All students have a right to access and receive a quality education to enable them to attain their full potential

  • The student, not the school, must be the focus for the allocation of government funds for schooling

  • Effective partnerships with and between parents, school communities and school authorities are central to the success of schooling outcomes

  • APC is committed to supporting and nurturing affiliates and like-minded parent groups to develop and strengthen their voices.

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