About Us

We are the peak body for parent associations in ACT public schools. We represent over 60,000 parents in 89 schools and assist our member associations.

The parent voice

We have been representing parent and community views on public education to Government since 1954. We do this through:

  • consulting with public school parent and community groups to identify issues and ideas for improving public education
  • communicating with decision makers and contributing to policy development

For more information see Parent Voice.

Helping P&Cs

We also provide help, resources and training to our members - Parent and Citizen Associations (P&Cs), Preschool Parent Associations (PPAs) and other similar parent bodies in ACT public schools - to help their volunteers to run these important organisations smoothly.

Our Vision

To build the school communities of tomorrow - a 'village' where parents and schools value educational outcomes and community partnerships based on mutual respect & trust.

Our Mission

To engage and empower parent associations to engineer inclusive, resourceful and collaborative school communities.

Our 2022-2026 strategic plan also outlines our Values and Goals.


Meeting place - section of Harrison School's Community Lego Project

Council is committed to the process of reconciliation through our Reconciliation Action Plan.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Land we live on in the Australian Capital Territory. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present and emerging, for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the nation. Respect and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures develops an enriched appreciation of Australia’s cultural heritage and can lead to reconciliation. This is essential to the maturity of Australia as a nation and is fundamental to the development of an Australian identity.

Image credit: Harrison School

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Check our FAQ or this Information Sheet to find out more about us.

You can peruse our current policy document which details the views of Council on a wide range of educational issues.

Alternatively, read the latest Annual Report to see what we got up to last year, or take a look at our constitution and By Laws or our current strategic plan.

Council is affiliated with The Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) who advocate for parents at the federal level.

Our Executive

We are very grateful to our volunteer Executive Commitee members:

President: Alison Elliott

Vice Presidents: Kirsty McGovern-Hooley, Paul Buckley

Secretary: Cecilia Shlegel

Treasurer: Vacnt

Committee:  Sharon Ding, Vivienne Pearce OAM, Jayne Trustum, Norma Yap, Taymore Tabbath, Sarah Everingham, Erin Papps.

Find more about our volunteers in our 'Why I Volunteer' series.

Our office

Executive officer: Terry Sanders

Policy officer: Veronica Elliott

Communications officer: Janelle Kennard

Early Learning officer: Marina Spurgin

Executive assistant: Melissa Lee

Contact details.


All comment and materials published on this website are authorised by Terry L Sanders for the ACT Council of Parents and Citizens Associations.