About Independent Schools Victoria
We represent more than 220 members that educate more than 142,000 students in over 370 schools in Victoria, Australia and internationally.
Why we exist
Independent Schools Victoria is a champion for choice and diversity.
The mission of ISV is clear – to support independent education for the benefit of students and the wider community. We advocate on behalf of our members and promote the importance of independent education.
We champion independent schools as an essential pillar of the school education system, alongside government and Catholic schools. We offer programs, products and services which benefit everyone and which are focussed on building robust civic society.
ISV is the state’s peak association for independent schools.
ISV was established in 1949. Today, we work on behalf of more than 220 member schools operating more than 370 campuses that educate more than 142, 000 students – representing approximately 15 per cent of students in Victoria. Membership is voluntary and open to all registered non-government schools in Victoria.
ISV respects and promotes the autonomy of our members by providing the services, support and advocacy they need to deliver the best possible education for all students.
As a trusted voice in independent education, we work constructively with all levels of government. ISV is a not-for-profit organisation and a member of Independent Schools Australia (ISA).
What we do
Empowering independent education through services, support and advocacy.
We work on behalf of member schools, their staff, students and communities.
From professional learning programs for teachers to providing help with critical administration issues, our services help schools continue their vital work every day. Because we value independence, we tailor these services to serve the individual needs of each school.
We also work on behalf of our member schools through advocacy to government, the media and the wider community. Our dynamic research and innovation programs ensure independent education in Victoria continues to lead the nation.
We are members of the School Policy and Funding Advisory Council which provides advice to the Victorian Minister for Education on issues affecting all schools – Independent, Government and Catholic.
All member schools can access our expert team of school improvement advisors. We’re here to guide schools in the right direction through a range of tailored improvement initiatives.
Funding, accountability and compliance
Stay on top of your school’s accountability requirements through our funding and accountability services. We can also provide vital information and resources about government funding.
Schools can access information including issues around equal opportunity, teacher registration, codes of conduct, enterprise bargaining and working with children checks.
Research and innovation
Research and innovation go hand in hand at ISV. We offer forward-thinking projects and opportunities to support staff, engage students and create positive learning outcomes.
We help to navigate capital funding applications through the Block Grant Authority (BGA) with useful online information. We also run a series of information sessions.
Media and communications support
For advice about communicating a message to your school community – parents, staff and students – or to the wider news media, we can help.
Our board of management, working for members.
We’re governed by a board of management that oversees our organisation. Our board, chaired by Dr Anne Waterhouse, meets regularly throughout the year. Six principal representatives and six governing body representatives of our member schools make up the board.
Michelle Green has been Chief Executive of Independent Schools Victoria since 2002. She is a strong advocate for Independent education and for the rights of parents to choose a school that best suits the needs of their children. She came to ISV with extensive experience in managing member organisations, particularly in the health sector, and working with government.
Her time with ISV has coincided with significant growth in the number and diversity of Independent schools in Victoria. To meet their needs, she has overseen the provision of an expanding range of programs that assist schools with new ways of adapting to the challenges of modern education.
Board of Management 2019/2020
Dr Anne Waterhouse, St Catherine’s School
Ms Marianne Stillwell, Wesley College
Immediate Past Chairman
Mr Jeremy Kirkwood, Geelong Grammar School
Ms Dana Fleming, Fintona Girls’ School
Ms Deanne Thomas, Woodleigh School
Mr David Weil, Huntingtower
Head of School:
Ms Linda Douglas, Ruyton Girls’ School
Mr Philip Grutzner, Melbourne Grammar School
Mr Jim Laussen, Overnewton Anglican Community College
Mr Glen McKeeman, Christian College Geelong
Mr Tony Sheumack, Beaconhills College
Mr Mark Torriero, Goulburn Valley Grammar School
Co-Opted Board Members:
Mrs Susan Hughes, Chair VIS BGA