School Council

What is the function of School Council?

  • Establish the broad direction and vision of the school within the school's community
  • Participage in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan
  • Develop, review and update school policies
  • Develop, review and monitor the Student Engagement Policy and the School Dress Code
  • Raise funds for school-related purposes
  • Approve the annual budget and monitor expenditure
  • Maintain the school's grounds and facilities
  • Enter into contracts (e.g. cleaning, construction work)
  • Report annually to the school community and to DEECD
  • Generally stimulate interest in the school in the wider community

School council does not...

  • Manage the school
  • Employ ongoing teaching staff with no fixed date for termination
  • Represent sectional interests
  • Renew the principal's contract or hire and fire the school principal
  • Determine class allocations
  • Discuss individual issues between teachers and students and/or parents
  • Purchase land or buildings
  • Enter into hire purchase agreements or obtain credit or loan facilities, unless authorised by the Minister

Who is on School Council?

  • There are 3 categories of membership:
    • Parent members
    • DEECD employee members
    • Community (co-opted) members (optional)
  • School councillors are elected for a two-year term
  • Terms, rights and responsibilities of community members are the same as those of elected councillors


School council subcommittees

  • School councillors would normally sit on at least one subcommittee
  • Subcommittees might include:
    • Finance
    • Environment/grounds/facilities/buildings
    • Educational policy
    • Community liason/community building/community relations
    • Other - e.g. outside school hours care, canteen