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Council & Committees

VATE is run by a Council consisting of 15 members. Up to two additional members may be co-opted to Council. Council elections are held every two years in September.  Meetings are generally held at the VATE office unless otherwise notified via the member e:Bulletin. The meetings are open to all VATE members. In fulfilling its role, Council oversees the financial management of the association; employs and oversees the work of the VATE office; responds to and generates committee and working parties business; oversees the broad directions and delivery of the annual VATE PD program; reviews, evaluates and plans the work of the association. VATE Council also engages in advocacy and responds to policy issues which affect the teaching and learning of English. This includes the online publication of Idiom, the VATE journal (3 issues per year) and occasional discussion papers. The VATE Committees are: Curriculum and Assessment Committee; Finance Committee; Professional Learning and Research; Publications and Communications. VATE Working Parties include: VCE Exams; State Conference Program. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  if you are interested in joining any of these committees or working parties.


The VATE Strategic Plan for 2016-2018 can be accessed here.

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VATE Council 2018-2020

Alex Bacalja (AATE delegate), Annelise Balsamo, Emily Frawley (President), Terry Hayes (Vice President), Ross Huggard (Treasurer), Mary Mason, Ida Sakkal.

2018 meeting dates for VATE Council and Executive and AATE Council.


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VATE Committees are generally convened by a member of Council, and membership is open to all VATE members. The VATE Committees are: Curriculum and Assessment; Publications and Communications; Professional Learning and Research. Committees meet at the VATE office and the convenor/s of each committee reports to Council. For further information, please email