South Australian Science Teachers Association


The South Australian Science Teachers Association's (SASTA) aim is 'to promote and support the teaching of science in schools', and 'to foster the professional development of science teachers'.

SASTA develops and maintains close links with employing authorities, businesses, industry and the tertiary education sector. Working closely with such organisations allows us to develop programs, activities and resources that reflect the nature of science in our community.

SASTA and its members are closely involved in revising and developing ideas about how best to ensure that all students become enthusiastic learners in science.


SASTA's strength lies in its members who are science teachers and laboratory officers and in the many highly committed educators who volunteer their time out of school hours to ensure that we continue to serve the needs of all teachers of science.

SASTA has around 500 members and they are drawn from all education sectors, teaching all year levels across the state. SASTA is also fortunate to have a permanent secretariat to ensure the continuing smooth functioning of all aspects of our business.

Membership benefits include:

  • Discounts to all SASTA Professional Learning and CONASTA (the national science teachers conference) - discount percentage dependent on membership type
  • Discounted entry fees for the Oliphant Science Awards
  • Recognition of teacher excellence through the SASTA Medal and SASTA Outstanding Teacher Awards
    Monthly e-news
  • Four editions of the SASTA newsletter (hard copy)
  • Two editions of the SASTA Journal (hard copy - additional subscription of $33/year)
  • Four editions of the ASTA Teaching Science Journal
  • Notification of student seminars, workshops and exam post-mortems
  • Access to the members-only section of the SASTA website including the SASTA Journal
  • FREE member-only excursions
  • Monthly prize giveaways
  • Mentoring opportunities

As a SASTA member, you are automatically a member of the Australian Science Teacher’s Association (ASTA), giving you priority access to:

  • National Science Projects and Teacher Awards
  • Professional standards for educators of science
  • Networking nationally and internationally