School Improvement and Governance Network

Practical Help

Where to find information, advice and support

VICCSO works and liaises with many organisations to help promote high-quality education, dialogue about the future of education and stronger partnerships and governance within school communities.

The organisations listed below provide general and membership-specific information, advice and support. Visit their websites.

The 'five orgs' in Victoria

Australian Education Union
AEU principals
Parents Victoria
Victorian Council of School Organisations (VICCSO) and
Victorian Student Representative Council

The AEU, AEU Principals, Parents Victoria, VICCSO and VicSRC meet several times a year

As well, see the principals' associations below. VICCSO meets with all of these assocations including VASSP and the VPA. VICCSO values its strong links with VASSP and the VPA.

Education - Victoria

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD)

On behalf of school councils and communities, VICCSO routinely liaises and meets with senior personnel at DEECD

For a list of DEECD regional offices, go to:

Education - Australia

Australian Council of State School Organisations

Parents Victoria and VICCSO are the Victorian affiliates of ACSSO, which is the national body representing the key parent and school council organisations in each state

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA)

In December 2008, State, Territory and Commonwealth Ministers of Education released the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians


Education for All Forum
Education International
International Bureau of Education
International Confederation of Principals
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Directorate for Education
Public Services International
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)

Business and education partnerships

Schools Connect Australia

Catholic schools

Catholic Education Office

Community building and volunteering

Our Community
More Volunteers

Credit unions

Victoria Teachers Mutual Bank


Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority
Australian Curriculum Studies Association
Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Early childhood

Early Childhood Australia

Educators' organisations

Australian College of Educators
Australian Education Union
Australian Joint Council of Professional Teaching Associations
Catholic Education Office
National Tertiary Education Union
Social Educators’ Association of Australia
Victorian Institute of Teaching

As well, see the principals' associations below

Environmental sustainability

On this website, see the links under Environmental Sustainability

Equity and inclusion

Andrew Jakubowicz
Centre for Research on Social Inclusion
Dusseldorp Skills Forum
Equity 101
National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education
Social Inclusion

Family-school-community partnerships

Family-School & Community Partnerships Bureau
Partners 4 Learning


ANZSOG Institute for Governance
Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Institute on Governance
State Services Authority (SSA)

See the SSA Good Practice Guide on Governance for Victorian Public Sector Entities

Health and well-being

Australian Health Promoting Schools Association

Human rights

On this website, see the links under Education Rights - the 4 Rs

Independent schools

Independent Schools Victoria

Indigenous education

Dare to Lead
Institute of Koorie Education
Same Kids, Same Goals

Languages and multiculturalism

Asia Education Foundation
Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations
Community Languages Australia
Diversity Rx
Making Multicultural Australia
Modern Language Teachers' Association of Victoria

Lifelong learning

Adult Learning Australia

Local government

Municipal Association of Victoria
Victorian Local Governance Association

Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENs)

Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENs)

Members of Parliament

Parliament of Australia
Parliament of Victoria


Australian Parents Council
Kindergarten Parents Victoria
Parenting Research Centre
Parents Victoria
Parent Teacher Association (USA)
Raising Children Network: the Australian Parenting Website
Victorian Catholic Schools Parent Body
Victorian Parents Council


Philanthropy Australia

See Philanthropy Australia's list of funding sources at

Ian Potter Foundation
Reichstein Foundation
The Myer Foundation

Play environments

Playground and Recreation Association Victoria

Political parties

Wikipedia list of political parties in Australia at

Primary education

Cambridge Primary Review


AEU Principals
Australian Principals Federation
The Principals' Association of Specialist Schools
Victorian Association of State Secondary Principals
Victorian Principals Association

VICCSO meets with all of the principals' organisations

Public education

Campaign for State Education (UK)
Give Kids Good Schools
Public Education Group  

See the Public Education Group list of supporters such as Jane Caro, Peter Doherty, Mem Fox, Paul Kelly and Shane Maloney

Public Education Network (US)
Save Our Schools

Public sector union

Community and Public Sector Union

Research and policy

Australian Association for Research in Education
Australian Council for Educational Research
Australian Policy Online (APO)

You may want to subscribe to APO's weekly briefing

Centre for Policy Development
Centre for Public Policy
National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Robin Alexander

School business managers

The Association of Business Managers in Victorian State Schools

School canteens and healthy eating

Australian Health Promoting Schools Association
Australian School Canteen Association
Nutrition Australia
Victorian School Canteen Association

Schools in regional and rural areas

Country Education Project

School councils and boards


Association of School Councils in Victoria
Victorian Council of School Organisations

Other Australian states

Northern Territory Council of Government School Organisations
South Australian Association of State School Organisations

Other countries

Canadian Home and School Federation
Canadian School Boards Association
National Governors' Association (England)
National School Boards Association (USA)
New Zealand School Trustees Association

School sport

School Sport Victoria

Social and community services

State Schools’ Relief Committee
Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS)

VCOSS also has a tremendous range of useful links.

Students and young people

Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies
Foundation for Young Australians
Victorian Student Representative Council
Youth Affairs Council of Victoria
Youth Research Centre

Teaching and learning for 21C

Australian National Schools Network
Coalition of Essential Schools
Educational Transformations
Edutopia (George Lucas Educational Foundation)
New Horizons
Rethinking Schools
Teacher Learning Network
Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED)

Universities and colleges

For a list of Australian universities and university libraries, go to:

Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Australian Council of Deans of Education
Australian Public Intellectual Network
Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Values education

Values education for Australian schooling