National Advisory Council

National Advisory Council

APPA recognises and represents all three national education sectors (Government, Catholic and Independent) and is structured as follows:

The National Advisory Council (NAC) ‘gathers under one roof’ a representative (usually the current president) from each of the sector primary principals’ associations, at a national and state or territory level. This group of twenty-eight members (including the APPA President) meets each term and provides advice to the APPA Board in relation to strategic priorities, policy formation and other relevant or current matters that impact on the work of primary school principals and primary school communities.

APPA also recognises the significance and importance of its National Collaborative Partners, ASEPA (Australian Special Education Principals Association) and NATSIPA (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Principals Association) and works closely in mutual support with these associations.

The APPA Board governs the business affairs and strategic directions of APPA.

Australian Primary Principals Association

National Association Presidents

Collaborative Partners

  • Dyonne Anderson

    Collaborative Partner - National Advisory Council
    Association: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Principals Association (NATSIPA)
    School: Cabbage Tree Island PS,
    Cabbage Tree Island, New South Wales

  • Matthew Johnson

    Collaborative Partner - National Advisory Council
    Association: Australian Special Education Principals Association (ASEPA)
    School: Glenvale School,
    Narara, New South Wales

Australian Capital Territory

  • Anne Staines

    National Advisory Council
    Association: Australian Capital Territory Catholic Primary Principals Association (ACTPPA)
    School: Sacred Heart Primary School,
    Pearce, Australian Capital Territory

  • Wendy Cave

    National Advisory Council
    Association: Australian Capital Territory Principals Association (ACTPA)
    School: Ainslie School,
    Braddon, Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

  • Robyn Evans

    National Advisory Council
    Association: New South Wales Primary Principals Association (NSWPPA)
    School: Casula Public School,
    Casula, New South Wales

  • Kathy Neely

    National Advisory Council
    Association: Association of Catholic School Principals - NSW (ACSP)
    School: Ss Peter and Paul’s Primary School,
    Goulburn, New South Wales

  • Sally Ruston AM

    Deputy President
    APPA Board
    National Advisory Council
    Association: Independent Primary School Heads of Australia - NSW/ACT
    Head of Junior School
    School: Abbotsleigh,
    Wahroonga, New South Wales

Northern Territory

  • Robyn Thorpe

    National Advisory Council
    Association: Northern Territory Principals Association - (NTPA)
    School: Dripstone Middle School,
    Tiwi, Northern Territory

  • Gez Mulvahil

    APPA Board
    National Advisory Council
    Association: Northern Territory Catholic Principals Association (NTCPA)
    School: Sacred Heart Primary School,
    Woodroffe, Northern Territory

Queensland

  • Pat Murphy

    National President - AGPPA
    APPA Board
    National Advisory Council
    Association: Queensland Association of State School Principals - (QASSP)
    Fortitude Valley, Queensland

  • Gavin Rick

    National Advisory Council
    Association: Queensland Catholic Primary Principals Association (QCPPA)
    School: St Joseph’s School,
    Parramatta Park, Queensland

  • Rebecca Lennon

    National Advisory Council
    Association: Independent Primary School Heads of Australia - Queensland
    Head of Primary
    School: Moreton Bay College,
    Manly West, Queensland

South Australia

  • Angela Falkenberg

    APPA Board
    National Advisory Council
    Association: South Australian Primary Principals Association (SAPPA)
    Hindmarsh, South Australia

  • Phil Schultz

    National Advisory Council
    Association: South Australian Catholic Primary Principals Association (SACPPA)
    School: St Francis School,
    Lockley's, South Australia

  • Carl Salt

    National Advisory Council
    Association: Independent Primary School Heads of Australia - SA
    Head of Junior School
    School: Pembroke School,
    Kensington Park, South Australia

Tasmania

  • Ted Barrance

    National Advisory Council
    Association: Tasmanian Principals Association (TPA)
    School: Tasman District School,
    Nuneena, Tasmania

  • Marcus Donnelly

    National Advisory Council
    Association: Catholic Principals Association of Tasmania (CPAT)
    School: St Cuthbert's Catholic School,
    Lindisfarne, Tasmania

  • Brigid Knight

    National Advisory Council
    Association: Independent Primary School Heads of Australia - TAS
    Head of Junior School
    School: St Mary's College, Hobart, Tasmania

Victoria

  • Andrew Dalgleish

    National Advisory Council
    Association: Victorian Principals Association (VPA)
    North Melbourne, Victoria

  • Michael Gray

    National Advisory Council
    Association: Victorian Association of Catholic Primary School Principals Inc (VACPSP)
    School: St. Joseph's Primary School,
    Warrnambool, Victoria

  • Brad Nelsen

    National Advisory Council
    Association: Independent Primary School Heads of Australia - Victoria
    Head of Campus, Junior School, Sandringham
    School: Firbank Grammar School,
    Sandringham Campus,
    Sandringham, Victoria

Western Australia

  • Niel Smith

    National Advisory Council
    Association: Western Australian Primary Principals Association - (WAPPA)
    West Leederville, Western Australia

  • Annette Quirk

    National Advisory Council
    Association: Catholic Primary Principals Association - WA (CPPAWA)
    School: St Joseph's Bunbury,
    Withers, Western Australia

  • Roderick Wood

    National Advisory Council
    Association: Independent Primary School Heads of Australia - WA
    Associate Principal Primary School
    School: Peter Moyes Anglican Community School,
    Mindarie, Western Australia

IPSHA

  • Wayne Revitt

    APPA Board
    IPSHA Federal President - Elect
    Association: IPSHA
    School: Penrhos College,
    Como, Western Australia