Education Act 2016 
As you would be aware the Education Act 2016 has recently been passed by the Parliament and the implementation period has commenced.

Throughout the consultation process we have passed on the concerns of our members to the Education Department and to all members of Parliament. While these concerns did not result in amendments to the Act, they have been voiced.  You are able to read the report of concerns here:

TASSO have been working closely with the Department to ensure there is minimal disruption to parents groups to allow them to transition to the new arrangements for School Associations in 2017.
There are some anomalies identified in relation to Incorporated Parents and Friends (P&F) groups that operate in addition to a School Associations. (P&F groups that do not operate as a sub-committee of the school association). There will be groups that will benefit from advice specific to their circumstance, please call TASSO with any enquiries related to the changes and implementation requirements.

It is important to complete the attached survey and return to TASSO c/-

TASSO Parent & Community Engagement Officer
We are excited to announce we will appoint a Parent and Community Engagement officer early in 2017 to help develop, promote and further the aims and objectives of TASSO through projects and continue to build and foster relationships with School Association, individual parents, students and state schools across the state.

Keep an eye on our website for further information and application details.

Launching into Learning
TASSO know Tasmanian parents highly value this unique opportunity to engage in their child’s learning at the earliest possible opportunity and to also engage with their school and school community in a supportive inclusive environment.
TASSO continue to express our support for the Launching into Learning program. The success of the Launching into Learning (LiL) program is hailed nationwide and the envy of many other states and territories.

ACSSO 2016 AGM and Roundtable held in Tasmania
The Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) is the national parent body. This year the ACSSO AGM and Roundtable was held in Tasmania.
This was a fantastic opportunity to network with other state and territories and contribute to the strategic planning of our national parent body.
Many of you may also may not be aware the ACSSO President is our own North West Regional Delegate Phillip Spratt. We congratulate Phillip on his re-election to ACSSO President at the 2016 AGM.

For more information about ACSSO head to their website: where you can also sign up to receive regular updates on national education issues.

Christmas break
The TASSO office will close Friday 23 December and open Monday 16 January 2017.

We wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable end of year break.

TASSO Senior Vice President

Trinette Newell