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School Council Handbook

School councils can be established in Queensland state schools to enable greater involvement of the school community and other stakeholders, such as industry, in setting the strategic direction for the school.

The school council plays a role in monitoring and informing the school's strategic direction in a way that achieves the best learning outcomes for the school's students.

The functions of a school council under s.81 of the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 (Qld) Adobe PDF document External Link (the Act) are to:

The range of plans and strategies that a school council must consider when carrying out its functions are listed in Schedule 1 of the Model Constitution.

A school council may not, under the Act:

The size of the school will determine representation of parents, staff and students on the school council. School councils will comprise of at least six, but not more than 15 members. A school council must include at least one elected parent member Microsoft® Word document511K and one elected staff member Microsoft® Word document511K. The number of elected parent members and elected staff members must be equal.

A school council may include two appointed members Microsoft® Word document469K and at least one (but not more than two) elected student members. Elected student members Microsoft® Word document496K can only be students from Years 10, 11 or 12 at the school. A school council may appoint a co-opted student from Year 6 in primary schools, however these students are unable to vote.

School council members who are not parents, teachers or students under 18 years of age, must hold a Blue Card before they can participate in school council activities (see Frequently Asked Questions at Blue Card Services External Link).

The establishment of a school council will not impact on the functions and powers of a P&C. The P&C president will be included on the school council to represent the views of the P&C Association.

School councils have responsibility to approve documents that set the strategic direction of the school, but are not involved in daily operational aspects.

Schools should ensure that appropriate processes are followed to establish and maintain a school council. A range of supporting fact sheets are available:

Forms and templates

Supporting documents

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