Notice of AGM 2019 and call for nominations

Notice is hereby given that the Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) will hold its 2019 Annual General Meeting on Thursday 23 May 2019, commencing at 6pm. The meeting will be held in the PETAA Meeting Room in the grounds of Camdenville Public School, Laura Street, Newtown, NSW 2042 (with options to attend by video conference).

Provisional program

  • 5pm — Venue opens and registration
  • Refreshments provided on arrival
  • 6pm — Annual General Meeting (likely to conclude by 7pm)

The full program for the day will be announced closer to the date.

AGM agenda

  1. Presentation of PETAA’s Annual Report 2018 inclusive of financial reports
  2. Presentation of minutes of the PETAA AGM 2018
  3. Election of Directors. If the number of nominations exceed positions vacant there will be an election by a secure and confidential digital ballot in weeks prior, and by votes at the AGM itself, to fill two vacancies on the PETAA Board from nominations sought. Details of nominations requirements are provided below.
  4. Other Business. Hear more about how PETAA operates and its plans for the future, while also providing members an opportunity to raise questions of the PETAA Board and General Manager.

Attendance by video conference

There will be video-conference opportunities for members to join the AGM and Professional Learning presentation. Please email us on [email protected] with your request to join by video conference, stating your membership number, to receive a video conference link and invitation by email closer to the date.

By order of the Board

Kevin Peters
Company Secretary, PETAA
7 March 2019

Documents for the AGM including Annual Reports and the Minutes of the PETAA GM 2018 will be made available closer to the date.

Call for nominations for the election of two new Directors

At the 2019 AGM there will be two vacancies on the PETAA Board to be filled.

The five directors continuing at the close of the 2019 AGM will be Robyn Cox (NSW), Mardi Gorman (VIC), Pauline Jones (NSW),  Helen Kenworth (QLD) and  Bronwyn Parkin (SA).

Rule 26 c) of the PETAA constitution, as an aid to promote national representation, limits the number of Member Directors on the Board from any one State and Territory to four. Given continuing members’ States of origin, nominations may come from any of the Australian States or Territories.

Find more information about Becoming a PETAA Board Director including links to key materials below.

Nominations close and need to be received by COB Thursday 18 April 2019. If you are a PETAA member interested in nominating, contact PETAA or simply download and submit the form below.

Nomination form 2019 (89 kB)
(Adobe PDF File)

Explanatory notes

Items 1 and 2: Annual reports

The PETAA Annual Report 2019 will be presented to the meeting. The report includes the financial report, the Directors’ report and the Auditor’s report. Reports will be provided closer to the date of the AGM. As permitted by law, a printed copy of the Annual Report has been sent only to those Members who have elected to receive a printed copy.

Item 3: Election of directors

For the 2019 Election there are two vacancies to be filled. Both vacancies are due to the positions becoming vacant as the incumbents, Lorraine Beveridge (NSW) and Susan Feez (NSW), retire in accordance with rule 30 a) of the PETAA constitution. If you wish to express interest in Nominating to become a Director, contact the PETAA office (a Nomination form will also be made available for download in coming days).

PETAA in 2019 and beyond

PETAA is an incorporated not-for-profit national association.

PETAA’s purpose is to build the knowledge, capacity and resources of primary schools to create confident, skilled, best-practice educators in the area of language, literature, and literacy: the three interrelated strands of the Australian Curriculum: English. We support the CONTINUAL PROFESSIONAL GROWTH of Australian teachers and schools.


PETAA provides key Professional Learning opportunities for teachers at every stage of their career evolution from graduating to leading others. We offer different modes of delivery – face-to-face, online, self-directed, conferences, and professional learning intensives.


Our quality publications and online resources are relevant, evidence-based and accessible knowledge packages developed specifically for professional reading and planning. Our authors are acquired for their high academic credentials and practical communication abilities. Through our books, papers and interactive units of study, PETAA offers both theoretical, researched background on best practice teaching — and the practical, classroom tested approach for applying those theories every day.


PETAA contributes significantly to the growth of evidence-based knowledge about English and literacy teaching and learning through our publications and the PETAA Research Grant, with our members’ GROWTH as our end goal.

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.

In 2019 the current Board would welcome new Directors with skills in digital publishing, and encourage new graduates to consider nomination.

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 up to two days each (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 6–11 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 2019 (.pdf 89 KB). Nominations close by COB 18 April 2019.