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.
We also offer help, resources and training for Parent and Citizen Associations (P&Cs), Preschool Parent Associations (PPAs) and other similar parent bodies in public schools and their volunteers so that these organisations can run smoothly.
Membership and affiliation
Our members are representatives from parent associations across the ACT (see Membership). We welcome all parents, carers and community members with an interest in improving public education to join our activities. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of every month during school terms. See our events calendar for the details.
Council is affiliated with The Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) who advocate for parents at the federal level.
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
More about us
You can peruse our current policy document which details the views of Council on a wide range of educational issues.
President: Alison Elliot
Vice Presidents: Paul Buckley, Kirsty McGovern-Hooley
Secretary: Cecilia Shlegel
Treasurer: David Pollard
Committee: Sharon Ding, Vivienne Pearce, Jayne Trustum, Bonnie Roppola, Norma Yap, Nadia Swanepoel, Siaan Ansori.
Find more about our volunteers in our 'Why I Volunteer' series.
Executive officer: Terry Sanders
Policy officer: Veronica Elliott
Communications officer: Janelle Kennard
Early Learning officer: Marina Spurgin
Executive assistant: Melissa Lee
All comment and materials published on this website are authorised by Terry L Sanders for the ACT Council of Parents and Citizens Associations.