The Independent Schools of 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 Federal and State Program funding for independent schools within the state.
The Association comprises 33 schools (39 campuses) 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.
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 Education Network (CEN), and the State Coordinator is Mr Simon Matthews, Executive Director, Christian Schools Tasmania. Three schools are affiliated to the Anglican Church, two schools to Christian Schools Australia, two schools to the Seventh Day Adventist Church, two schools to Rudolph Steiner School Education and four schools to Christian Schools Tasmania. One school is affiliated to each of the following: The Society of Friends (Quaker), the Lutheran Church, the Free Reformed Church and the Uniting Church. One school is a Special School.
Six independent schools are non-affiliated.