About Us

'Modern Headship is demanding, rigorous and multi-faceted and carries responsibilities similar to that of a CEO.'

AHISA is the leading professional membership for autonomous school Heads because it advances the future of Australian students by:

  • Amplifying your leadership journey

  • Enabling you to influence education policy, leadership and practice

  • Helping you build collegial and beneficial relationships with peers

The education landscape has shifted, and along with it, so have governance and community expectations of school Heads and Principals. In years gone by, it was enough for a school Head to be a distinguished educationalist, an engaging communicator or passionate advocate for student learning. Modern Headship is demanding, rigorous and multi-faceted and carries responsibilities similar to that of a CEO. 

Today’s independent school Head is expected to be a dynamic leader who can move seamlessly between being an astute financial manager, risk management expert, educator, marketer and lawyer.

Our members are the Heads of 470 independent schools in Australia. AHISA members have responsibility for some 480,000 students – or nearly 12 per cent of all Australian school enrolments. AHISA advances the opportunities for the education and welfare of all Australian school students who are the ultimate beneficiaries of AHISA’s endeavours. We believe the leadership journey for school Heads can be isolating. AHISA helps develop current school leaders and the next generation of school leaders. We advocate and provide a strong and coherent voice for members on matters of importance to independent schools. We apply the individual and collective expertise of members to influence and shape national educational thinking, policy and practice in Australia.

Great responsibility demands deep devotion to leadership excellence.

AHISA's Constitution

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Strategic Plan Towards 2025

Our plan for the future

Biennial Reports

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Look back: AHISA 25 Years 1985-2010

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