Our National Memberships

The Federation is a member of:

  • The Australian Parents Council (APC) which promotes the role of, and advances the interests of, parents and families in children’s education, including in the non-government (Catholic and Independent) education sector.
  • Catholic School Parents Australia (CSPA) which represents state/territory based Catholic school parent bodies.
  • Parents Australia Incorporated, a national charity established by the Australian Parents Council to deliver parent engagement programs across all school sectors and the community services sector.
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Australian Parents Council

The APC formed out of the 1962 ‘Goulburn Strike’ when the parents of 2000 Catholic students protested the injustice of them paying taxes but being denied government funding to support their children’s education. Aa a national organisation, the APC’s founding purpose was to continue the parent campaign for ‘freedom of school choice and a fair share of the public purse’.

I see the role of the Australian Parents Council and all its affiliates to be the guardian, the voice, the defender of parents’ rights (Founding member Brian Keating, 1987).


To promote choice and quality in schooling, the equitable distribution of government funding for schooling, and effective partnerships to maximise schooling outcomes.

For more information visit Australian Parents Council https://austparents.edu.au/


Catholic School Parents Australia

CSPA was formed in 2013 by state/territory Catholic school parent bodies and has status under Canon Law as a private association within the Catholic Church. It works in collaboration and consultation with the National Catholic Education Commission and is recognised by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference through the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education.


Key objects of CSPA include providing a ‘distinct voice’ for Catholic school parents with Catholic and other agencies to help shape national policy, to collaborate to promote the principles of Catholic education, to promote the Church’s mission in Catholic schools and to promote and champion the interests of children in Catholic schools.

For more information visit Catholic School Parents Australia http://www.cspa.catholic.edu.au/

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Parents Australia Incorporated 

Parents Australia Incorporated is a national charity created by the Australian Parents Council in 2013.

Viewing empowerment as a human right, Parents Australia aims to empower the confidence and capacity of parents and families, especially in disadvantaged communities, to positively engage in their children’s learning, development and wellbeing.

It offers a range of practical programs that respond to the evidence on the beneficial effects of positive parent and family engagement, including its flagship program The Indigenous Parent Factor – Successful Learning in the Early Years at Home and School.

For more information visit Parents Australia Incorporated https://parentsaustralia.asn.au/

Contact the Federation

121 George Street
Thebarton SA 5031

Phone: 08 8301 6685
Mobile: 0407 394 732