School Leaders


Excellent governance is crucial for an independent school’s success. To support individual school board members and whole school boards in this critical area of school management, AISNSW provides professional advice on school governance issues and conducts accredited governance training via workshops, courses, conferences and online modules

Board Training & Development

The governance functions of school boards are established in common and statute law, and high standards of due diligence are required from all directors and officers of the company in the exercise of their duties and responsibilities.

To assist the boards of member schools to meet their responsibilities, AISNSW provides advice on school governance issues and conducts governance training via workshops, courses, conferences and online modules.

In accordance with NESA regulations, all directors of school boards must undertake 12 hours of professional learning in governance over a three-year time frame. Training must be predominantly in the context of school governance, and provided by a NESA approved training body.

Executive Recruitment

The AIS provides a range of services to assist school boards with the critically important task of principal recruitment. Services offered include advertising, development of position descriptions and school information materials (prospectus), processing of applications, undertaking referee checks and management of the interview process. This service is also available for principals in the recruitment of deputy principals and other senior school appointments. The cost to schools for this service reflects the range and nature of the services provided. This service is available to AISNSW member schools only.  

For further information please contact Michael Carr

AIS Institute

The AISNSW Institute is a think-tank established to provide advice to AISNSW on strategies to assist independent schools in NSW provide high-quality schooling outcomes in a rapidly changing social, political, economic, demographic and technological environment.

The Institute's role includes identifying the challenges that the independent school sector will face as a result of a rapidly changing educational environment within Australia and internationally. It commissions and accesses research and data, undertakes analysis, and consults with experts who have a strong interest in education, are forward thinkers and who may influence political and community attitudes.

The Institute's membership comprises highly regarded and experienced leaders in a range of fields including business and industry, international schooling, tertiary education, politics and employment relations, as well as a number of representatives from the Independent schools sector in NSW and nationally.