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Board Communique February 2019

BOARD and Management Committee Meet

The ASEPA Board met February 18, 19 and 20 in Canberra. The combined Board and Management met on February 21 and 22.

The key outcomes were meetings with the Board and the Minister for Education Dan Tehan and Deputy Opposition Leader and Education Spokesperson Tanya Plibersek.

ASEPA is also exploring a partnership with Mutiny Group to assist in developing an ongoing media strategy and marketing. We also had Tim Ebbeck, CEO of the CEO Institute talk to the Board about governance and leadership. 

The Board and Management Committee met with senior personnel from the School Division of the Department of Education and Patrick Kelly from ACARA.


ASEPA Welcomes new National President - Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson has been with the NSW Department of Education NSW for 30 years and originally visual arts and music trained. He has held positions in high schools, central schools, primary schools, regional and head office positions, in rural, remote and metropolitan areas. He has been working in special school settings for 20 years and has been a principal of four special schools.

Matthew has held positions as State Coordinator of Behaviour Programs NSW DEC, NSW Premiers’ Special Education Scholar, International Fire Instructor (Botswana Fire Program - NSW RFS), Assistant Regional Director Statewide School Performance – Special Schools (QLD), the Immediate Past President of the NSW Special Education Principals’ and Leaders’ Association and current Vice President (SEPLA - NSW) and was previously Vice Chair of the Australian Special Education Principals’ Association (ASEPA).

Matthew is currently the principal of Glenvale Special School, on the Central Coast of NSW, which caters for 160 students across three sites.


International Teachers' Day

Happy International Teachers' Day from all of us at ASEPA. Thank you to all of the amazing teachers in our Australian special schools and settings. Your dedication creates a voice and provides hope for all of our students.


Australian Principal of the Year

At the innugrual Australian Education Awards foundation ASEPA Board Director Diane Robertson, principal of Clarke Road School NSW, was awarded Principal of The Year (Government), which placed her in the running for Australian Principal of the Year against winners in the Primary, Secondary, Government and Non-Government classifications.

She took out the overall title for her unmatched ability in the effective leadership and motivation of staff at Clarke Road School, her commitment to professional development and her unrivalled expertise in engaging with parents and the wider school community.

ASEPA is proud that a special education school principal has been nationally recognised for excellence in working with students with special needs.



It is with great pleasure that the Board of ASEPA and the National President Lorraine Hodgson announce Matthew Johnson from Glenvale School Narara and Nth Entrance NSW is the President Elect of ASEPA for 2019/2020. Matthew begins his term on January 1st 2019.

In ASEPA’s 21 year history of representing and leading Special Education leaders nationally there have only been four Presidents these being from Sth Australia, Queensland, Western Australia and Northern Territory. Mat...thew will be the fifth President and the first from New South Wales. Matthew is also the immediate Past President and current Vice President of SEPLA NSW.

Matthew brings a wealth of experience, skills, knowledge and understanding to the role with over 28 years of working in a wide variety of school settings and senior leadership positions in both NSW and QLD in the fields of Special and Inclusive education.

The Board and Management Committee looks forward to working with Matthew.

Fiona Forbes
ASEPA Board Chair

Fiona Forbes, Dr. Honoris Causa (ACU)
President ICP
ASEPA Board Chair
Director Leading Learning 4 All
Principal Peel LDS

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The SA SEPLA and ASEPA National Conference has been an incredible success and the quality of the presentations and keynote speakers was a real highlight. More highlights to come soon.

Board and Management Committee Meet in Adelaide

Recently the ASEPA Board and Management Committee met at Errington School in Adelaide South Australia.