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Welcome to West Australian Technical Support in Schools Association Inc (WATSSA)

How did WATSSA come about?

After many years of working in schools for the Department of Education (DoE) I noticed many technical staff felt they were isolated in their role; that they would love the opportunity to collaborate with their peers. So I posted an expression of interest message to all technical staff I could find in the DoE address book. I got an overwhelming response, for which I thank you all. From my e-mails about fourteen technicians turned up to ICT by the Sea, which is primarily aimed at private schools in WA. None-the-less we all managed to sit down and talk about DoE school issues with the standard operating environment. From that day, a small committee was created with the goal of making an Association happen by the end of 2018, and now here we are!

WATSSA was created for the following reasons

  • To enhance the professional expertise and status of School Based Network Administrators and Technical Support Officers, and quality of network administration and management in WA State Schools.
  • To create a fellowship of those engaged as technicians which will foster advancement in management, thought and practice.
  • To set before itself and the community the ethics of high professional responsibility and to provide a catalyst for a workplace flexibility and reform.
  • To organise and conduct regular meetings, conferences, forums and seminars for the advancement and professional development of School Based Network Administrators and Technical Support Officers.
  • To promote collaborative relationships with DoE and other professional associations.
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