What We Do

The Council of Education Associations of South Australia Incorporated (CEASA) was formed in 1994 as an independent peak body to represent professional teacher Assocations in their pursuit of quality education.
This represented a new era in the organisation and role of teacher professional Associations in South Austrlia.
Prior to the formation of CEASA, South Australian education professional Associations has no mechanism for information sharing or collaboration.

CEASA (through the President, Executive Director and/or association representation) has had, or currently has, representation on committees and working groups, including:


  • DECD Advisory Groups
  • DECD Workforce Development Reference Group
  • DECD Literacy Leaders Network
  • DECD STEM Forum
  • DECD Numeracy + Literacy forums
  • SA Teachers' Conference
  • Catholic Education - Early Career Teacher information forums
  • SACE Assessment working group
  • SACE Review reference group
  • Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)
  • Australian Professional Teachers' Associations (APTA)
  • Australian Curriculum Assessment and Resporting Authority (ACARA)
  • National Education Forum (NEF)
  • Partnerships with Universities, SSABSA, DECD, Catholic Education, AISSA and Lutheran Education
  • BEd Course Committee, School of Education, Flinders University
  • Final year student education program for Adelaide University, Flinders University, Tabor Adelaide and University of South Australia


Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) funding was secured to provide member associations with training and development grants for projects in the priority areas of the then curriculum 'statements and profiles', and work-related studies. CEASA acknowledges the ongoing support from DECD that has continued since 1994.




CEASA undertakes the following roles with and on behalf of the professional associations:


Productive and Strategic Partnerships

  • Collaborative efforts in the delivery of professional services to members on strategic issues
  • Shared consultative responses to government, sectors and communities at regional, state and national level
  • More productive relationships between member associations
  • A stronger profile for professional education associations and for their collective presence alongside principals’ associations and other stakeholders
  • Promote innovation in teaching and learning that is informed by research
  • Professional learning and enterprise activities for long term financial independence of associations


Professional Learning

  • Focused support for educators, especially in their first five years of teaching
  • Strategic collaboration among CEASA members in professional learning programs around nominated priority areas
  • Effective distribution of professional learning funding to association projects, aligned to DECD priorities
  • Accessible, timely, cost effective professional learning delivered using effective approaches and technologies
  • Professional expertise utilised to share effective practice and develop collaborative networks
  • Encouragement of quality professional learning that is rigorous, authentic and uses data to inform direction
  • Improved association support for educators working in regional areas
  • Completion of funded projects and contracts


Leadership for the Future

  • A strong and informed voice on state and national curriculum development expressed through position papers, evaluations and reviews
  • Strong interconnectedness between CEASA and member associations
  • Connection of member associations with other peak organisations – at state and national levels
  • Enhanced capacity within member associations for leadership, management and governance
  • Development of alliances and partnerships to sustain the profile and recognition of professional education associations
  • Management of events and celebrations for and on behalf of the profession