In 2009, our founders John de la Motte and Lucas Filer decided to embark on building a comprehensive, enterprise designed school platform. John and Lucas met at AMP (formerly AXA) over a team lunch, and bonded over their passion for technology in education. Having undertaken scholarship degrees at Swinburne University and Monash University respectively, and having worked in a combination of technology and multinational companies, they sought to develop an enterprise solution for schools.

 

After several months of 20 hour days filled with thousands of lines of code and the latest ‘Owl City’ album on constant repeat, the Compass platform was born.

Now headquartered in Balwyn North in Melbourne, Australia, our team provides amazing administration and learning management experiences to over 1,800 schools throughout Australia and Europe.

 

Over the years we’ve worked with thousands of educators and administrative staff members around the world to deliver unique innovation to the education space, working every day to improve the educational experience for students, teachers and parents. We’re also committed to the continued development of our platform, and welcome your feedback on how we can make Compass even better.

Our History

Started in 2009, Compass was built to provide school communities with leading edge technology.

 

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2007

John and Lucas complete their studies at Swinburne University and Monash University respectively.

2008

Aged 22, John and Lucas connect over their passion for education technology, working at AXA Australia.

2009

John and Lucas begin building Compass from Lucas’ parent’s garage in Vermont South.

2010

Compass is launched with three inaugural schools.

We hire our first employee.

2011

We move out of the home office and move into a small office in Kew.

We hire two more staff, and release the first version of CompassKiosk.

2012

We gain our first interstate customer, launch the Compass Mobile App, and the team swells to 10.

CompassPay is launched.

2013

We launch TalkingPoints Digital Signage, introduce Purchase Ordering, CompassOne and the team grows to 25.

2014

We move to our current headquarters in Balwyn North, and the team grows to 50.

The new Compass mobile apps are launched for Android and iOS.

2015

We celebrate our 1000th school and Compass HQ is opened in Balwyn North.

Compass is selected as the student management solution for over 700 Catholic schools.

2016

We launch our first school in Ireland.

Compass Guardian is launched.

We partner with TechnologyOne and Compass Billing is launched.

2017

Compass expands across three floors at Compass HQ.

Compass data center links upgraded to over 10Gb.

Compass becomes an ISP.

2018

Cashless Canteens and Online Ordering is launched.

We partner with MSP Photography.