ASCA began as a branch of the English Speaking Board but soon became the Australian Speech Communication Association.
At the inception of ASCA the founder, Gina Pioro, stated “I came to Australia as an examiner in the ‘one-on-one’ situation – hearing often excellent renditions of poetry, prose and drama – but something was missing. It was the sharing – the interaction between the candidate and an interested and enquiring audience where listening skills were as important as speaking.“
ASCA’s unique style of examining with parents and friends present as part of the audience was well received as its vital part in the communication process was recognised. Parents were enthusiastic and students enjoyed the opportunity to communicate with an audience.
ASCA’s popularity spread purely word of mouth to schools in Sydney and later in Wagga and Melbourne. Now ASCA examinations are conducted extensively in all of the eastern states in both city and country centres. Qld started on the Gold Coast in the seventies and has grown immensely.
* In QLD, ASCA is registered with QCAA and QTAC to facilitate senior passes and tertiary entrance.
Our ASCA Committee is comprised of a group of passionate individuals who generously donate their time to run this not-for-profit organisation. Each committee member has expertise in the field of speech communication and a belief in our unique method of examination that involves sharing and interaction with an audience.
Annually ASCA supports various organisations by providing donations to promote communication and performance skills.
The Awards Ceremony is held during the earlier part of the following year. Ceremonies are held in NSW, Queensland and Victoria.
The ceremony involves outstanding performances of items prepared for the examinations, a guest speaker who has made a contribution of communication and the presentation of awards.