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.
School councils have three main responsibilities:
finance: overseeing the development of the school’s annual budget and ensuring proper records are kept of the school’s financial operation
strategic planning: participating in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan
policy development and review: developing, reviewing and updating policies that reflect a school’s values and support the school’s broad direction outlined in its strategic plan.
Other key functions of school councils include:
raising funds for school related purposes
maintaining school grounds and facilities
entering into contracts
reporting annually to the school community and the Department
creating interest in the school in the wider community
representing and taking the views of the community into account
regulating and facilitating after-hours use of school premises and grounds
operating a children’s service at the school.
The school council is comprised of parents, teachers, the Principal and community representatives. School councillors nominate for the various sub-committees, which report back to council. The three sub-committees are Finance, Buildings and Grounds, Education and Communication.
The term of office for school councillors is two years with elections held each February/March. The School Council and each subcommittee usually meet monthly. All parents are encouraged to consider nominating for vacancies.