PETAA held its 2020 Annual General Meeting on Thursday 23rd July, at 5:00pm AEST, conducted virtually via Zoom a process that has been endorsed by the regulators during the current congregating constraints.

Reports from the immediate-past President Robyn Cox, current President Pauline Jones and the Annual General manager Megan Edwards, were followed by the consideration of the Directors’ Report, the Financial Statements and the Audit Report (.pdf 8MB) for year ended 31 December 2019.

Congratulations to new Directors elected

The PETAA AGM 2020 also passed resolutions to affirm the election of two directors via a locked and confidential ballot of PETAA members in weeks prior. Of four candidates for election, from QLD, Victoria and NSW, the successful candidates were Mardi Gorman (re-elected) from Victoria and Janelle Warhurst from NSW.

Mardi Gorman (VIC) is a current PETAA Board member who has also served on the boards of St Columba's School and St Bernard's School. She has worked as a classroom teacher, literacy leader, and an literacy consultant both in Australia and in the US. In 2018, she was contracted to work with the University of Melbourne Network of Schools, an initiative that provided teachers and leaders the opportunity to connect the academic research of the university to teaching practice in schools. She believes in the value that comes with providing professional learning opportunities through valid, thought-provoking literature, research and methods that support effective teaching practice. She works closely with teachers from different schools and systems and has a broad perspective on what teachers need to further their learning and practice.

Jan Warhurst (NSW) has spent a significant part of her career in two schools for over ten years each (North Sydney Demonstration School and Curl Curl North Public School), where she grew and refined her teaching skills through quality teaching projects, research with academic partners and colleagues and dynamic teaching and learning in the classroom. She and her colleague won the inaugural Australian Literacy Educator’s Association (ALEA) grant under her leadership and produced evidence through case studies that creative and quality pedagogy can improve literacy outcomes for students. She has a passion for working with teachers, students and academics to improve literacy outcomes for students.

Information on becoming a PETAA Board Director

PETAA is governed by a Board of seven Directors who determine the organisation’s strategic direction and to whom the General Manager and operations team reports. To function effectively, the Board needs to embody a strong mix of cross-sector education experiences – local and national universities, private, public, denominational and independent schools – and corporate skill-sets — organisational management, corporate governance and financial probity. During its 40 plus year history, PETAA’s Boards have drawn from a broad range of professional backgrounds including academics, school principals, educational consultants, classroom teachers, parents, business representatives and legal professionals.

Documents that will help you better understand the roles and responsibilities of a PETAA Director include:

Do you have sufficient time available to meet the commitment required of PETAA Directors?

Over the course of the next 12 months, each Director is expected to:

  • Prepare and attend (preferably in person) four Board Meetings, typically one day's duration from 9am–4pm. PETAA arranges all travel. Though it is preferred that Directors attend in person, PETAA has the facility to video conference Directors into the meetings.
  • Attendance at committee meetings 6–9 times per year via video conference if not in person*. Time allocation depends on which committee the Director sits.
  • Attendance at the Annual General Meeting (via video conference or in person)
  • Attend to all other matters such as online reviews of documents, and including any such attendances as are necessary to fulfill the role of Director.

* PETAA currently has two key committees — the finance and audit committee meet every month or two and each meeting lasts for approximately 1 hour. The professional learning and publications committee meet every 6–8 weeks and each meeting lasts for approximately 1.5 hours.

Being a Director of the PETAA Board is an exciting professional challenge with responsibility for governing, overseeing the affairs of and making strategic decisions in the best interest of its members.

Benefits of being part of a PETAA board include an opportunity for personal and professional learning in areas of:

  • corporate and managerial knowledge in addition to increasing the range and depth of your discipline-specific knowledge around literacies education
  • a high level interaction and participation within the national education architecture and peer-professional associations
  • the opportunity to shape PETAA operations in the areas of publishing and professional learning programs, special educational projects and other activities that align with the PETAA mission


Remuneration for PETAA Board Directors is modest. Board Directors receive an annual fee of between $1000-$4000, depending on the Office held. We ensure Directors do not incur expenses as part of their role and Board Directors may also access a small amount of financial support to further their individual professional learning goals.

General qualities of prospective board directors include:

  • Vision and Leadership
  • Advocacy, Stewardship and Integrity
  • Knowledge (of PETAA and wider community)
  • Personal Commitment and Diligence
  • Collegiality.

Desirable qualities of prospective board directors include a commitment to and understanding of PETAA stakeholders and the ability to enhance PETAA operations within the context of our core purpose. This might be achieved through:

  • professional experiences and / or leadership accomplishments within education, business, government, finance, legal and HR, philanthropy, or the not-for-profit sector
  • understanding of governance and corporate related issues including policy development, risk management and organisational evaluation
  • an affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals
  • an understanding or willingness to learn about the role of ACARA, AITSL and ESA in the current national educational context
  • being a financial member of PETAA
  • being free from any conflict of interest.

The PETAA Board comprises many passionate and professional people who bring a broad range of valuable experiences and knowledge to collaborating and supporting teachers in new, engaging and relevant ways. If you, as a PETAA member, believe that you have relevant experience, passion and a strong voice, then consider contacting PETAA, or simply download the Nominations form 2020 (.pdf 123 kB). Nominations close by COB Friday 17 April 2019.