The current wave of affordable fee Christian schools have their origins in the 1960s and 1970s. The earliest of these tended to be where groups of Christian parents came together to start Christian schools, but in the mid-1970s local Protestant churches increasingly looked to start schools staffed by Christians and seeking to teach a Biblically based curriculum. The first Christian Community School, a predecessor organisation to Christian Schools Australia, commenced in 1976 and many other Christian schools followed in the later 1970s and early 1980s.
Christian Schools Australia Limited (CSA) arose out of conversations at that time to bring together a number of groups of schools around a common purpose. Commencing operations in 2002 CSA provides a wide range of support to schools, and the wider community, through the advancement of Christian education in Australia and internationally.