Professional Associations fulfil a crucial and significant role in the Education sector. They represent the individual educators working at all levels across sectors and are therefore ideally placed to service the broad range of needs of their members.

Members of Professional Associations demonstrate a high level of dedication and commitment, through voluntary participation, to:

Professional Associations vary greatly in size, area of representation and the nature of the services they provide. This diversity is invaluable and allows the particular needs of all members to be effectively addressed. It also fosters a rich educational culture across all curriculum areas and interest groups.

Professional Associations generate a positive cycle of reflection, challenge, change, growth and professional development which benefits their members both individually and corporately.  Their financial livelihood comes from subscriptions, workshop fees, grants, publications and the like, all of which is used to provide the services which are identified by the members themselves as important.

COACTEA supports its member Professional Associations and others to provide quality professional development for teachers, including relief teachers, and pre-service teachers.