About us

Established in 1979, ASCA is recognised as Australia’s leading buying group and purchasing advisor for schools and school canteens.

ASCA is a unique not-for-profit member association of over 4,500 schools that focuses on improving the financial outcomes for schools by using its significant buying power to bring savings and improved service to schools and school canteens.

ASCA's expertise in purchasing and logistics enables it to select suppliers that provide the best value package to schools and canteens including:

  • Access to suppliers that understand the school market, and to leading brands
  • ASCA negotiated prices, discounts and value adds
  • Superior service
  • Independent advice from ASCA as a trusted and independent adviser
  • Use of ASCA’s partner regional distributors to minimise deliveries into the school

Our History and Our Charities

ASCA has been working with Australian schools for over 30 years. Originating in Melbourne in 1979 with just 16 schools, ASCA now works with over 4500 member schools in all states and territories. Since its inception ASCA has saved many millions of dollars for its member schools.

As a not for profit organisation ASCA donates all its surplus funds to charitable projects that support the education of disadvantaged school aged children.

ASCA Membership

ASCA membership is open to all schools – state, independent or private, and primary or secondary. Schools can choose to be Full Members, which includes both the School Membership services and the Canteen Membership services, or School Members, which includes only the School Membership services.

  • Canteen Membership Services include specialist food and beverage purchasing services along with advice about managing effective and profitable canteens
  • School Membership Services provide access to the buying group for general school purchasing and complimentary advisory services.

Our Suppliers

We use our group buying power and purchasing expertise to build relationships with reputable suppliers that have strong records in the school market. ASCA works with suppliers to continuously improve the value and services provided to schools.

ASCA suppliers provide school products and services in the following categories:

  • Canteen Product Categories:
    • Bakery
    • Beverages
    • Canteen Equipment
    • Frozen, Chilled and Dry Foods
    • Ice Cream
    • Packaging, Cleaning and Disposables
    • Snacks and Other
    • Systems for Parent Online Ordering and Cashless Payment
  • School Product Categories:
    • Office Supplies and Services                                                                                                      
    • Systems and Technology                                                             
    • Property and Facilities                                                                                                                  
    • Education Resources
    • Parent Purchases
    • Staff Benefits
    • Systems for Parent Online Ordering and Cashless Payment