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Independent Schools Tasmania

 Independent Schools Tasmania (IST) is an association of non-government schools. It co-ordinates views of member schools in submissions to government and other bodies. It advises and supports member schools at their request. The Association also administers some Federal and and State Government Program Funding for non-Catholic independent schools within the state.

The Association comprises 34 schools from the Independent and Catholic sectors and it is affiliated to the Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA).

The principal office of the Association is in Hobart and there is a small regional office in Launceston. The Association normally holds an Annual General Meeting in Term 1 and a General Meeting in Term 3. The meetings are usually held in Launceston or Hobart.

The Schools
There is a variety of schools within the Association with differing philosophies and aims.

Six independent schools have a Principal/Headmaster who is a member of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA). 

Three Independent Catholic Schools, whose Principals are also members of AHISA, are members of the Association.

Three schools are affiliated to the Christian Parent Controlled Schools Association(CPCS), and the State Co-ordinator is Mr Simon Matthews, Executive Director, Christian Schools Tasmania. Three schools are affiliated to the Anglican Church, three schools to the Christian Education Network, two schools to Christian Schools Australia, two schools to the Seventh Day Adventist Church and four schools to Christian Schools Tasmania. One school is affiliated to each of the following: The Society of Friends (Quaker), the Lutheran Church, Rudolph Steiner School Education, the Free Reformed Church, the Presbyterian Church and the Uniting Church. One school is governed by Fusion Australia and one school is a Special School.

Six independent schools are non-affiliated.


The Association sends out information by way of circulars to member schools. Whilst we are able to draw attention of schools to relevant professional development courses and conferences by including a paragraph of information, we are only able to include brochures at the expense of the supplier. Please contact the office for further details. Ph: 03 6224 0125  Fx: 03 6224 0174  Em: