The Association of Independent Schools was established in 1962 as a non-profit organisation to support, represent and promote the interests of Independent Schools. AISWA is incorporated under the Industrial Relations Act.

AISWA's constituent members include over one hundred and fifty-five Independent Schools. As at the 2020 August Census, our member schools educate over 85,000 students accounting for just over 16% of Western Australian school enrolments. These schools employ over 6,900 teaching and over 4,200 non-teaching staff. 


Supporting and serving our Independent Schools and their communities to be the best they can be.


Our Core Values

  • Service
  • Stewardship
  • Equity



Statement of Intent

The provision of Professional Services and advice to promote excellence in Independent Schools, through:


  • Effective representation and advocacy for the Independent School sector;
  • Promoting the independence of schools and protect their autonomy in ways that contribute to the diversity of educational options for students;
  • Maintaining strong relationships with the other education sectors and other education stakeholders;
  • Supporting schools in their mission through fostering sound leadership and good governance, and
  • Building partnerships between schools.

To fulfil our Purpose and Statement of Intent, the association has developed a Strategic Framework that will support schools in the Independent sector and lead to increased recognition of the value the Independent School sector provides to all Western Australians.