Malcolm Elliott Retires as President of Australian Primary Principals Association

March 31, 2023

The Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA) have announced that their incumbent President Mr Malcolm Elliott has made the decision to retire.

Mr Elliott was first elected as APPA President in January 2019 and has been twice re-elected (unopposed) by the national, state and territory sector principals’ associations, that make up the National Advisory Council (NAC) of the Australian Primary Principals Association.

“This role has been a tremendous honour and brought with it many wonderful relationships,” said Mr Elliott.

Mr Elliott has continually demonstrated the importance of relationships and trust through his work as APPA President. He has used this approach as the foundation for forging strong and effective collaborative partnerships with many key stakeholders across the national education sector, including successive Ministers of Education and the Commonwealth Department of Education.

Speaking on behalf of APPA, Deputy President, Ms Sally Ruston AM, said, “We are saddened by the resignation of Mr Elliott after nearly four and half years of distinguished service as President of our association and an entire career dedicated to leading in schools and educating students.”

Whilst thanking Mr Elliott for his dedication to APPA and his contribution to education, Ms Ruston stated that the APPA Board and National Advisory Council remained committed to continuing APPA’s work, partnering with other peak national education bodies and principal associations and that the APPA Board will ensure the work around the association’s key priorities continues

“In particular we look forward to continuing to progress the strong collaboration with the Federal Minister for Education, The Hon Jason Clare, on the National Teacher Workforce Action Plan,” said Ms Ruston.

The APPA Board will now commence the recruitment process for a new President, whose Ms Ruston stated was to continue to build upon the excellent support, leadership and advocacy by Malcolm Elliott and the strong foundations and legacies of our former presidents.

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