Who Are We?

Inde­pen­dent Schools Tas­ma­nia is an asso­ci­a­tion of inde­pen­dent schools with­in the state who togeth­er edu­cate over 10,000 stu­dents. Each inde­pen­dent school is ful­ly autonomous and sep­a­rate­ly account­able to its par­ents and com­mu­ni­ty. We pro­mote free­dom of choice and diver­si­ty in edu­ca­tion to sup­port the needs of each indi­vid­ual student.
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Our Pur­pose

To pro­vide sup­port, advo­ca­cy and rep­re­sen­ta­tion for the inde­pen­dent schools of Tasmania.

Our Val­ues

Ser­vices We Offer

Pro­fes­sion­al Learning

The con­sult­ing team at IST offer a range of Pro­fes­sion­al Learn­ing options, catered specif­i­cal­ly for your school or region. The Pro­fes­sion­al Learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties include (but are not lim­it­ed to) areas such as cur­ricu­lum, ped­a­gogy, assess­ment and dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion; school cul­ture, edu­ca­tion­al lead­er­ship, build­ing teacher capac­i­ty and review­ing school data.

Pro­fes­sion­al Learn­ing can be deliv­ered via:

  • One-on-one coach­ing and fol­low up coach­ing ses­sions and support
  • A small group of your col­leagues from your school
  • Whole staff sin­gle school sessions
  • Mul­ti­ple small/​whole group school ses­sions across the term/​year
  • Webi­na­rs

To arrange your bespoke pro­fes­sion­al learn­ing ses­sions, please con­tact the con­sul­tants via our con­tact page.

Each year we also run a wide range of webi­nar based PL oppor­tu­ni­ties. They can be accessed through the events page.

Grant Admin­is­tra­tion

IST admin­is­ters and dis­trib­utes grants to Tas­man­ian inde­pen­dent schools for a num­ber of gov­ern­ment fund­ing programs. 

These include:

  • The Choice and Afford­abil­i­ty Fund (CAF)
  • The Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment Cap­i­tal Grants Pro­gram (CGP)
  • The State Cap­i­tal Assis­tance pro­gram (SBGA)
  • The Loan Inter­est Sub­sidy pro­gram (LIS)
  • The Nation­al School Chap­lain­cy pro­gram (NSCP)
  • The Spe­cial Learn­ing Needs pro­gram (SLN)
  • Ear­ly Child­hood and Kinder­garten fund­ing (ECD)
  • The State COVID Safe Schools fund­ing (COVID)

To dis­cuss this fur­ther con­tact our Finance and Admin Man­ag­er.

Our Team

Tony Crehan
Executive Director

0411 858 558

Contact Tony
Juliana Shea
Manager Finance & Administration

0409 355 039

Contact Juliana
Mark Seager
Early Years Consultant

0491 200 308

Contact Mark
Lauren Watson
Education Consultant

0499 847 999

Contact Lauren
Trudy Ward
Education Consultant

0498 001 078

Contact Trudy
Tim Chugg
Inclusive Education Consultant (North)

0473 143 180

Contact Tim
Ruth Croser
Inclusive Education Consultant (South)

0498 004 921

Contact Ruth
Sarah Woodcock-Davis
Literacy Consultant (North)

0498 021 779

Contact Sarah
Suzie Keil
Literacy Consultant (South)

0407 227 870

Contact Suzie
Michael Shorter
Industrial Consultant

0419 366 119

Contact Michael
Mike Frost
VET Consultant

0407 337 846

Contact Mike
Sharen King
Administration Assistant

0407 331 535

Contact Sharen

Our Exec­u­tive Director

Halftone Tony Crehan

Tony Cre­han has been the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Inde­pen­dent Schools Tas­ma­nia since 2003. He is a strong advo­cate for choice, diver­si­ty and equi­ty in edu­ca­tion to best meet the needs of every child. Tony came to IST with exten­sive busi­ness expe­ri­ence as a man­age­ment con­sul­tant and CEO, direc­tor and chair­man of pub­lic and pri­vate com­pa­nies. In his time with IST, Tony has over­seen the pro­vi­sion of an expand­ing range of pro­grams and ser­vices that assist schools with new ways of adapt­ing to the chal­lenges of mod­ern edu­ca­tion. The IST Exec­u­tive Direc­tor is also a direc­tor of Inde­pen­dent Schools Aus­tralia (ISA)

Our Board

John Green

Coun­cil Mem­ber
Tar­remah Stein­er School

David Grey

Busi­ness Man­ag­er
Leigh­land Chris­t­ian School

David Gill­man

Board Mem­ber
Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer
Chris­t­ian Schools Tasmania

Wendy Ruback

Board Mem­ber
East­side Luther­an College

Leonie McNair

Vice Pres­i­dent
The Launce­s­ton Prepara­to­ry School

Imo­gen Hunt

Board Mem­ber

Chad Smit

Board Mem­ber
Devon­port Chris­t­ian School

Our Doc­u­men­ta­tion

Annual Report
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Annual Report
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Annual Report
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BGA Annual Report
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CAF Work Plan
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CAF Work Plan
2022 - 2025
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CAF Annual Report
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NGRSF Annual Report
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NGRSF Strategic Plan
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NGRSF Work Plan
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NGRSF Work Plan
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NGRSF Work Plan
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NGRSF Work Plan
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Rules of Independent Schools Tasmania
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