In this paper we report the first use of Al(iii) salalen complexes for the ring opening polymerisation of rac-lactide. Polylactides with narrow polydispersities (PDIs range from 1.04-1.65) and moderate degrees of stereoselectivity were formed. Eight salalen Al(iii) complexes have been prepared and fully characterised by solution-state NMR spectroscopy and, where appropriate, single crystal X-ray diffraction. With ligand 3H2 either a monomeric or dimeric Al(iii) species was formed, the dimeric species was favoured at low concentrations. The complexes were tested for the ring opening polymerisation of rac-lactide in toluene at 80 or 100 C. Interestingly, various tacticities of polymer were formed, which were dependent upon the nature of the group bound to the amine nitrogen centre.