2018 National Conference

7-11 January 2018 - Lauceston, Tasmania

2019 State Conference

The 15th Biennial State Conference in 2019 is being workshopped!! Watch this space for details.

Royal Show Awards

2017 Most Professional Show Teams: CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Led Steer - Westminster; Led Goat - Kangaroo Inn Area School; Merino Wether - Karcultaby Area School



Council of Education Associations -

News and Events

2017 ATASA Curriculum Focus Day - Monday 11 December 2017 (Week 9)

We are excited to present the 2017 Curriculum Focus Day to be held at Urrbrae Agricultural HS and the University of Adelaide, Waite Campus. In particular we are pleased to announce that Tim Gentle from Think.Digital will present Farm VR for the classroom and we will be visiting the Waite to undertake some of the Why Waite activities.

ATASA Members $65.00

Non Members $100.00

The finer program details are still being finalised, however you can book your place NOW - .

Registrations close 5pm 6 December 2017 (no refunds after this date).

NOTE: Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Nibbles & Drinks are all included in the price.

2017 ATASA State Conference - 25 & 26 May, Mt Compass

A massive thank you to Kiara Edwards for organising the 2017 ATASA State Conference 'Teaching the Future Generation' held at Mt Compass Area School and showcasing the Fleurieu Peninsula and McLaren Vale.

The program included our Keynote Speaker - Sean Fitzpatrick from Timboon School (Vic), Artificial Insemination and Drone Demonstrations, Tours of Fleurieu Fresh and Alexandrina Cheese and the Mt Compass Swamp by Jodie from NRM.

News report of the conference can be found here:

The full program can be accessed HERE.

The 2019 State Conference is being workshopped as we speak!

SACE Stage 2 - Agricultural Production & Agricultural Systems Courses

A REMINDER that from 2018, new SACE Stage 2 Agriculture courses must be implemented. Click on the following courses to the SACE mini sites.

Agricultural Production

Agricultural Systems

ATASA BGM - Friday 26 May 2017

Congratulations and welcome to our new executive committee and office bearers for the 2017-2019 period.


VICE PRESIDENT - Damien Brookes

SECRETARY - Danielle Tulak

TREASURER - Kymberley Warren

We also welcome all our new committee members and look forward to working with a great team.

Future Professional Development Opportunities

NAAE National Conference - 7 - 11 January 2018, Launceston

The NAAE National Conference to be held in and around Lauceston, Tasmania. Full program details can be found on the conference website

PIEFA Conference 'Food, Fibre & Fishing Education' - April 29 - May 1, 2018 Canberra

Registrations have opened for the PIEFA conference - details at


ATASA Curriculum Focus Day - Monday 12 December 2016

Thank you to all the teachers who attended the annual ATASA Curriculum Focus Day at Urrbrae Agricultural High School on Monday, 12 December 2016. It was a very successful day. Thank you to PIEFA for supplying the afternoon nibbles and a BIG thank you to those who shared resources, we are still working through them, please check your ATASA email for updates and links to the Google Drive.

SACE Stage 2 Clarifying Forum & ATASA SACE Workshops

The Clarifying Forum is an very important opportunity for those teaching at either Stage 1 or 2 and provides feedback on previous years results and provides guidance and clarification around marking, performance standards and task design. The afternoon session run by ATASA aims to extend the focus of the Clarifying Forum to provide more specific support and guidance on task design and student assessment. Teachers who have attended these sessions have found them very worthwhile and useful in their planning of their SACE subject.

AgForce (QLD) Conference and NSWAAT Conference

A number of SA Ag Teachers attended the AgForce QLD conference in Brisbane over the January school holidays. Make sure you catch up with them at the ATASA State COnference to hear about what they got up to.


Student Opportunities

2018 Royal Adelaide Show - 31 August - 9 September, Adelaide Showgrounds

NOTE: There are prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Most Professional Show Team - Led Steer, Led Goat and Merino Wether competitons.

Don't forget the many different competitions you and your students can be involved in.


2017 SA Junior Sheep Expo - April 18-20, Adelaide Showgrounds

For students 12 years and over, the inaugural SA Junior Sheep Expo will be held at the Adelaide Showgrounds in the second week of the April School Holidays. There will be 11 hands on education sessions and age group competitions (12-14yo, 15-17yo and 18-23yo). Sessions include Wool Handling, Genetics, Condition Scoring and others. For further information go to

2017 SA Junior Heifer Expo - July School Holidays, Adelaide Showgrounds

SA Junior Heifer Expo is an initiative of the SA Beef Cattle Produicers and its main objective is to encourage livestock enthusiasts to gain knowledge and skills in the many facets of the cattle industry. Further details can been found at


Other opportunities/programs:


2017 Playford Trust Scholarships - for Rural Students looking to study SCIENCE/ENGINEERING at UNIVERSITY see


DECD Teaching Vacancies can be accessed here:

Curriculum Resources and Links - For other resources, please see members page.

Australian Pork Ltd have developed two new resources for schools : a schools visits kit for teachers (all year levels) and a Years 9/10 resource titled ‘Producing and Marketing Australian Pork’. Please contact Ashley Norval to request a copy. Her email address is

Agriculture in Education Units

From Paddock to Plate