School councils play a key role in Victorian government schools. Participating as a school council member is a rewarding and challenging experience. The school council supports the principal to provide the best possible educational outcomes for students.
All school councils in Victoria operate under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006. Each school council is established by an Order of the Minister for Education, which specifies the council’s membership, size and configuration, its objectives, powers, functions and accountabilities and the role of its executive officer who is the principal. The school council has particular functions in setting and monitoring the school’s direction.
School councils have three main responsibilities:
Other key functions of school councils include:
Council meetings are held at 7:30 pm on Wednesday of the 3rd and 8th week of each term. They are held in the school staff room.
School Council operates an effective system of sub-committees.
Sub-committees are advisory bodies to the school council and assist council with work that needs to be done. They meet at least twice during each school term and report to the council. Sub-committee reports at school council meetings provide advice and recommendations to the council. The council has the final responsibility for decisions. Sub-committees are open to non-school council members so all members of the school community have a chance to get involved in school planning and council matters.
Our current sub-committees are:
Sub-committees welcome the input of all interested school community members. If you are interested in contributing to a sub-committee, please contact a School Council member or the School Office.
For further information on School Council and its role and processes, please visit DEECD’s management and governance web pages about School Councils.