History of the NSWSPC

The NSWSPC has a very proud history of working collaboratively with principals, schools, Departmental officers, other principals’ associations, teaching unions, parents and citizens associations, other professional associations, other public and private organisations and politicians at a local, regional, state and federal level for the significant benefit of NSW Public Education.

Formally established in 1977, it was the result of an amalgamation of eleven secondary principals’ councils that were already spread across NSW at that time. The formation of the NSWSPC finally brought together all NSW secondary principals into one state-wide fully-representative professional association.

The NSWSPC is dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of NSW public secondary school principals through advocacy, support, professional learning and collegial networks. It is through this role that it has been able to achieve significant improvements in learning outcomes for students in our NSW public schools.

We hope you enjoy reading about the NSWSPC and its significant achievements. Our intention is to gradually add to this list as we discover more and more information in the Council’s archives, and as our current and past principals find time to record their own stories, memories and reflections of their time in the NSWSPC.

If you have a story to tell about the history of the NSWSPC, please send it to principalfutures@nswspc.org.au

Facts and figures
A broad overview of the history of the NSWSPC

Origins of the NSWSPC 1954-1977 (Brian Ralph) – detailed research paper

Specific items of historical interest
  • History of the NSWSPC (Bill Kennedy, Brian Ralph, Chris Bonnor) – Audio file recorded at State Assembly, Term 1 2010 on several historical aspects of the NSWSPC.

Bill Kennedy

Brian Ralph

Chris Bonnor


  • Origin of the NSWSPC logo (Harry Brackenbury) – Coming soon
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the NSWSPC and the Director-General of School Education, October 1996 – Coming soon
  • The NSWSPC Futures Project 1995-2005 (Brian Ralph) – text of State Assembly talk, Term 1 2010 – Coming soon
  • A history of the NSWSPC Preferred Futures Project 1995-2005 (Brian Ralph) – detailed research paper – Coming soon