STANSW Council



2017 STANSW Council Nominations




Nominations will shortly be called for the election of four STANSW councillors for a 2 year term from January 1st 2017 – December 31st 2018.


The Constitution requires the 4 longest serving councillors to stand-down. Each of these serving councillors is eligible to re-nominate. Individual members are also eligible to nominate for a position on council. 


The timeline for 2016 Council Member nomination process is:


1st August      

Nominations Open

6th September

Nominations Close

7th October

Ballot papers issued if more than four nominations received

10th October

Election packs posted to Members

10th November

Voting ballots due to the STANSW office. Envelopes will then be forwarded to the elected returning officer.


Nomination forms can be downloaded from the link provided below and will be sent to all individual members via email prior to the 1st August.


Nominee application form is available for download via link here

Role description of councillors can be found in the STANSW Constitution via the following link here





The Science Teachers Association Inc (STANSW) is an Incorporated Association which represents Science Educators from all levels of education across all Government, Independent and Catholic School sectors throughout the state of NSW. STANSW is part of an Association of Science Teaching Associations throughout Australia (ASTA).

The vision of STANSW outlined on the Strategic Plan 2016-2018 is to be a dynamic and professional community of Science Educators.

STANSW’s purpose is to achieve excellence in science learning and teaching, support professional standards and provide effective leadership for the profession of science educators.

STANSW is governed by a Council and Constitution and under the STANSW constitution the Council consists of 9 members.

What’s in it for you as a STANSW Council member?

•    The opportunity to have a serious professional voice on matters involving science education and teacher professional development for the future directions of STANSW and all members of STANSW;

•    The opportunity to represent STANSW and the membership at events and activities which can include government, university and National Science Education bodies and industry;

•    The opportunity to be part of a cooperative team in decision making processes where you are representing the best interests of members;

•    You will gain skills in professional governance which you can apply in many areas of professional life both now and in the future;

•    Active participation in your professional association will enable you to gain evidence for various levels of accreditation through BOSTES but will fulfill the requirement for all 7.4 standards.

The STANSW Council is aiming for a balanced membership that embraces diversity and includes a range of skills. To this end, the board this year would particularly encourage nominations from:

-  Regional representatives
-  Those teaching in Primary Schools
-  Early career teachers with less than 5 years’ experience and students currently enrolled in Science Education courses
-  Male applicants are particularly encouraged to apply.

Note applications are welcome from all members of STANSW. 

The time commitment will include 6 Council meetings per year, held at ACU Strathfield Campus on Saturdays during term time. The duration of meetings depends on business to be discussed. Travel from regional areas will be subsidised.
Please submit your Expression of Interest stating your areas of interest and expertise and how you believe you can contribute to Council and the Association. Your EOI should be less than 300 words.

Contact person if you wish to discuss the role: Maree Woods President STANSW

STANSW Council is the governing body of STANSW


It is responsible for:


  1. Overseeing the legal and financial obligations of Association
  2. Providing leadership to the Association
  3. Providing consultation to affiliated and interested bodies about Science education in NSW


Councillors are elected for a two year period. Four (4) Councillors will be elected each calendar year.


At the first Council meeting each year Council will elect an executive consisting of:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer

A ninth councillor may be appointed by Council


Council meets at least 5 Saturdays a year, with other ongoing responsibilities.


The current STANSW Council is:

President: Maree Woods - Aquinas College Menai

Vice President: Margaret Shepherd - Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) Southern Region

Treasurer: Olivia Belshaw - J
indabyne Central School


Councillors 2016:

Aaron Cook - Kirrawee High School

Glynne Krix - DOE

Julie Rogers - Lucas Heights Community School

Philippa Miller - AIS


6 Nominations have been received for the 2017 Council.  Nominees will be announced and STANSW Members emailed  the results, following our current elections; in November 2016.
Positions to be assigned as per the new constitution

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