The History of Australasian Association of Supervision (AAOS)

AAOS was created from the association that was ASCCANZ (Association for Supervision, Coaching and Consultancy in Australia & New Zealand) which was founded in 2002 by Servaas van Beekum.

Servaas identified at the time that there was no peak body in Australia supporting Supervision as a profession.

During this period the Association attracted members from across the various professions of coaching, consultancy as well as supervision. Members had a common interest in furthering their understanding of Supervision across and amongst these various professions.

During the latter part of 2006, the ASCCANZ Board engaged an external independent consultant to undertake a strategic review of the Association.

The report that followed strongly suggested the Association focussed on one aspect namely “Supervision”. After consideration of this report the Board decided that a full restructure and refocus of the Association was necessary.

The Board started work on repositioning the Association and members were invited to participate in this discussion. This process culminated in a vote during the 2010 AGM where the membership voted to change the name of the Association from ASCCANZ to AOS (Association of Supervision) which later became AAOS (Australasian Association of Supervision)

Since that time the Board has focussed on reclassifying designations for membership to allow for a wider audience to be inclusive of those who are supervisors who meet the criteria, and of those who are interested in pursuing and understanding more about supervision.