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 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.


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.

Our Executive:

President: Alison Elliott

Vice Presidents: Paul Buckley,  Kirsty McGovern-Hooley 

Secretary: Cecilia Shlegel

Treasurer: David Pollard

Committee:  Sharon Ding, Vivienne Pearce, Jayne Trustum, Norma Yap, Siaan Ansori.

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.