About APPA

President’s Comment

APPA – a unique and outstanding association of primary school leaders.

The Australian Primary Principals Association was established in 1974 by some visionary educators.

This association brings together government, independent and Catholic primary school leaders who work with the highest levels of collegiality in the best interests of Australian primary education.

We enjoy very positive relationships with the Minister and the Commonwealth Department of Education, Skills and Employment and have a close connection with our colleagues in the New Zealand Principals Federation, “across the ditch”.

It is a great honour to be APPA President – the passion of our colleagues, let alone their knowledge, skills and experience, is always inspiring.

On behalf of us all at APPA,  we trust that you find this website informative and that you will be in touch if we can be of assistance to you.

With kindest regards,

Malcolm Elliott


Map of Affiliated Primary Principal Associations of APPA

National Sector Associations

Collaborative Partners


    National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Principals Association


    Australian Special Education Principals’ Association

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Northern Territory


South Australia



Western Australia