Why join SAPPA?

SAPPA provides advocacy and support for members, relevant professional learning and promotes your work and your school. Our conference is an annual highlight for our members.

SAPPA has the largest membership of any educational leadership association in South Australia and includes the large majority of all Government primary schools in South Australia. We also have memberships from area schools and R-12 schools. There are currently over 500 SAPPA members from approximately 350 sites throughout South Australia.

SAPPA membership comprises respected leaders, managers and members of school communities who value the strength, professional development and support provided by SAPPA. Our members highly value the collegiality and networking opportunities that SAPPA provides.

Eligibility: Membership is open to all Principals, Deputy Principals and Assistant Principals (Band A and Band B employees) in Department for Education schools with primary aged children enrolled. See the “Online Application Form” link to the right hand side of this page.

Membership Benefits

Membership enables you to receive or access the following:


SAPPA-talk provides online discussion for all SAPPA members. It is a great means to seek advice, compare school policies, discuss ideas, share information or just give opinions about current issues. SAPPA members often cite SAPPA-talk as the best source of support and information available to them!

Stay informed

As a SAPPA member you’ll be provided with up-to-date, essential information about important topical issues. You’ll also be provided with guidance and advice about these issues. If you are unsure about a particular issue, our SAPPA Office personnel will find out for you.


SAPPA-News is an informative collection of current topics collated by the SAPPA President, Angela Falkenberg and is emailed to all members at least twice per term. It summarises the discussions and decisions of the Board and other issues we are dealing with and keeps members very much ‘in-the-loop’. The current edition is under the Members Only area tab.

The Annual Conference

The SAPPA conference is held once a year. This is a unique learning event and a wonderful opportunity to spend time with colleagues. The 2018 conference was held from 15 to 17 August at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre in Hahndorf and was a very successful event. The annual SAPPA conference is  an extremely worthwhile experience – just ask those SAPPA members who attend!

2019 will be an exciting year as the national conference for the Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA) will be held in Adelaide from 3-6 September at the Adelaide Convention Centre. This conference encompasses all three sectors of primary education from across Australia, Public, Catholic and Independent coming together to network, share ideas and hear some wonderful speakers. The 2019 APPA Conference in Adelaide will be held in lieu of our annual SAPPA conference. Save the date and look out for updates on our website for the program, speakers and registration link.

Professional Learning Events

SAPPA has increased the professional learning opportunities for members in the last few years, mainly in response to the needs of our members. Some examples are; Helping Children Manage Their Behaviour, Maths Intervention Program, New Leaders’ Workshop, Tough Conversation, Wellbeing and Women and Money Seminar to name a few. We are always looking for opportunities to provide quality, information professional development for our members.


Our website has a contemporary style for ease of use and for readily accessing information.


SAPPA has 19 sponsors, all of which are enthusiastic and supportive, providing quality products. We enjoy excellent, mutually beneficial partnerships. Our sponsors strive to give SAPPA members the very best deal. See our website for further details. A poster providing information about our sponsors and their contact details is sent to all members annually.


Angela Falkenberg is a full-time president and she is most willing to have members ring her to talk through issues or share ideas, at any time. We are here to provide a service to our members. For further queries, please contact the SAPPA office on 84635845.

If you would like to join SAPPA please contact the SAPPA Office on 8463 5845 or email our Business Manager;

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