SASBA is committed to authentic working partnerships with the Department for Education, and other professional associations, supporting the delivery of a world class system, including its business, procedures and processes.

Our strategic directions are reflective of the department’s strategic plan. Significant successful outcomes for school business systems have resulted from positive connections, consultancy and collaboration with the department.

The Association has two membership categories.

Full membership

$110 per annum (incl. GST) – which will be granted to any person/s currently situated at a government school, including a person in a relief position, who holds the leadership position of Business Leader/Manager and/or Finance Manager/Officer.

Associate membership

$88 per annum (incl. GST) – which will be granted to any person/s currently situated at a government school who is aspiring to a school business and/or financial leadership role.  NB: Associate membership will not be granted voting or office bearing rights.

Membership is due by the 28th February and payable until 31 March annually.

See (Rule 3.1.1 – Membership – SASSAOA Constitution) for further information.

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Why become a member?

SASBA membership provides many opportunities to learn, collaborate and implement change, including:

  • Access to high quality relevant professional development
  • One free Leaders Day members’ only event per year – usually late term 1 or early term 2
  • Members’ prices for our 3 day residential conference held in first week of the July school holidays (annually)
  • Members’ prices at 1 seminar day held in term 4
  • Members’ only emails
  • Access to members’ only section of website with resources available for download
  • Support and advocacy from SASSAOA at corporate level about system wide issues
  • Opportunities to consult / participate on working parties with corporate departments about system-wide improvements to practices, processes and systems
  • Regular collaboration opportunities with other SSO’s leading and managing business operations
  • Opportunity to attend interstate conferences, network with our interstate peers, understand how other states operate
  • Tax deductible if member pays for the fee themselves

For further information, please contact Julie Heddle, Riverbanks College B-12, 0417 812 491, or email at

Membership opportunities

SASBA membership also provides opportunities to connect with other members in South Australia and similar organisations interstate, professional development scholarships and other growth avenues, including:

  • Access to SASSAOA Network, a chat-line for members to share information and seek support from fellow members. This is a valuable communication tool and networking link that is well supported and well used. The membership side of our website, requires you to log in, and has more detailed information relevant to our work and environment, and uploads from professional development presentations. Our committee members represent our association at interstate conferences held by business manager peer groups. Reports from these can be found in our website Members Only area.
  • Members can also attend interstate conferences. Each year we extend an invitation for members to apply to attend an interstate conference of their choice, partly funded by SASSAOA. These opportunities provide excellent professional development, strengthen our national ties and are great fun!
  • In the past Camp Australia and Advanced Life have sponsored 2 x $500 professional development scholarships which were awarded to our members to use to further their professional learning.
  • Our management committee provides members with up to date information on new initiatives, policies and procedures by actively participating in Department for Education reference groups and working parties in areas that impact schools. We also meet once per term with the department’s executive group.
  • These connections are important and are a means of giving relevant, valuable feedback and direction to the department. We are currently working closely with the EMS project team and are regularly consulted by department on issues affecting schools, particularly in relation to ancillary staffing, funding and changes to policies and procedures. We have discontinued our newsletter to all schools and this website features scrolling news and a link to our Facebook page. The management committee will further investigate other social media communications.


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