The Victorian Association of State Secondary Principals (VASSP) is the peak professional association for principals and assistant principals of government secondary education in the Australian state of Victoria. With antecedents dating back to the Victorian High Schools Headmasters’ Association, established in 1949, VASSP has a proud history of service to members and a strong commitment to public education. Advocacy, Learning and Support are the three pillars that stand at the core of the Association’s work for and on behalf of members.
As a key education stakeholder, the role of VASSP in advocating for members and their schools is vital. The voice of VASSP is valued at all levels of the Department of Education and Training. The Association is also acknowledged as the voice of the profession in public discourse.
The Association provides a suite of professional learning offerings. An annual leadership conference, two statewide meetings and a range of professional learning workshops are delivered each year. Specialised programs are also delivered in schools and regions.
The Association employs a team of recently retired secondary principals to provide on the ground support for members. These ‘field services’ take the form of advice, practical assistance and/or mentoring. Leadership coaching is another support service that is available to members and their schools.