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Australian A4L Community announce 2019-2020 leadership

Monday, December 2, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Penny Murray
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AUCommunityWashington, DC, 2 December 2019--- The Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community in Australia is proud to announce the AU Management and AU Technical Boards for 2019-2020. The Management Board brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in education, data management, technology and business acumen. The Board will oversee management of the SIF Specification and guide development of the A4L Community in Australia as well as contribute to the development of strategies for the global Community.

The following supplier members will join representatives from State and Territory Departments of Education and non-government school bodies on the A4L AU Management Board during 2019-2020:

  • Blake Garrett, School Bytes
  • Grant Grosser, Education Horizons Group

The AU Community also elected eight supplier representatives for the AU Technical Board (known as the Data Standards Working Group (DSWG)), who provide technical oversight for the SIF Implementation Specification (Australia). The 2019-2020 supplier representatives are:

  • Miles Carrick, Instructure
  • James Hamilton, Sentral Pty Ltd
  • Joerg Huber, Systemic Pty Ltd
  • David Jones, Semaphore Consulting Pty Ltd
  • Sangeetha Mohan, Civica International
  • James Overell, Education Horizons Group
  • Liam Pearce, Timetabling Solutions
  • Mark Vanderkley, SIMON Schools

Dave Burns, Chair of the A4L Community AU Management Board and Executive Director, Digital Solutions, at the Department of Education in Queensland commented that “our community is fortunate to have great leadership from suppliers with a deep understanding of the need to integrate products into an effective and safe learning ecosystem for Australian schools”.

The AU A4L Community would like to thank the outgoing supplier representatives for their important contribution and commitment to the Learning Services Architecture in Australia:  Tim Dawson, Synergetic and Rob Mcloughlin, Verso.




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About the Access 4 Learning Community

There is no other global community made up of educational policymakers, marketplace product and service providers and the customers they serve, collaborating daily to address real word learning information and resource issues. 

The Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community, previously the SIF Association, is a unique, non-profit collaboration composed of schools, districts, local authorities, states, US and International Ministries of Education, software vendors and consultants who collectively address all aspects of learning information management and access to support learning.  The A4L Community is “Powered by SIF” Specifications as its major technical tool to allow for this management and access simply, securely and in a scalable, standard way regardless of the platform hosting those applications. The Access 4 Learning Community has united these education technology end users and providers in an unprecedented effort to give teachers more time to do what they do best: teach. For further information, visit

  • SIF Association (dba Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community)

  • PO Box 1024, New Albany, Ohio 43054-1024

  • Phone: +1.202.621.0547