• Secretary's update

Shout-out to our support staff in schools

24 August 2020

SAS Staff Recognition Week is a wonderful opportunity for our school communities to thank our support staff for their dedication to public education.

A school administrative officer at the front desk of a school.
Image: The welcoming smiles of SAS staff are often the first introduction a family will have to their school.

Every day in our public schools there are 35,000 School Administrative and Support Staff who help keep our schools running efficiently and provide comprehensive support to principals, teachers and parents.

Our SAS staff play many roles supporting the efficient management of schools, including administration, health and safety, asset management, project management and finance.

They include school administrative managers and officers, school learning support officers, Aboriginal education officers, business managers, assisted travel officers, technical support officers, general assistants and farm assistants.

SASS Recognition Week, which starts today, is an initiative of the Public Service Association – supported by the department – to promote the work and role of SAS staff.

These staff are often the first point of contact for parents and play a vital role in customer service. With an incredible year so far – bushfires, floods, COVID-19 – our staff have had to be increasingly flexible to adapt to changing scenarios and pandemic restrictions.

On behalf of the Department of Education, thank you for your service and commitment.

Mark Scott

About the Secretary

Mark Scott is Secretary of the Department of Education. He has worked as a teacher, in public administration and as a journalist and media executive. He is committed to public education and learning environments where every child can flourish.

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