About the VPA

About the VPA


The VPA was originally formed in 1971 to represent the professional and industrial interests of principals in Victorian primary schools. Today the organisation has grown to around 1000 members, representing principal class officers in government schools.


The purpose of the Victorian Principals Association is to:

  • Associate and unite members
  • Facilitate collegiate support for members
  • Provide professional services and support to members
  • Advocate on behalf of members and education

Strategic Plan

The theme for the VPA Strategic Plan for 2009-2010 is “Connected, United and Powerful”.

Term 4 has started well with many professional learning opportunities available for VPA members. The Annual VPA conference  Shaping Culture…Learning from Successful Leaders at Hilton on the Park was a great celebratation of learning to start the term. The conference was opened by the Education Minister Hon Bronwyn Pike and Joy Murphy  with Welcome to Country.

The program included :
* Dr Adam Fraser – Researcher in the area of human performance.
* Christine Nixon – Head of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority

* Professor Marilyn Fleer – Director of the centre of Research into Childhood Studies at Monash University
* Elida Brereton – Principal speaking on ‘Summer Heights High’ leadership
* Robert Lamb – Principal and former Regional Director speaking on ‘How to establish positive school culture’.

The Annual General Dinner followed with a toast by Professor Peter Dawkins, Secretary DEECD, celebrating Victorian Education. Study Award winners were presented with their awards.

The VPA provides a range of professional development programs for Principals, Assistant Principals and aspiring School Leaders each term.

Programs are designed to meet the needs of members, and are run by the Association. Work together on common projects and develop a sense of belonging to a valued inclusive organisation that supports and listens to its members.

Review the foundations of our membership base and create a platform to promote wider interest and increase the number of members.

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