School councils can be established in state schools and will enable greater involvement of the school community and other stakeholders, such as industry, in setting the strategic direction for the school.
The role of a school council is to:
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 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 505K and one elected staff member 505K. The number of elected parent members and elected staff members of a school council must be equal.
A school council may include two appointed members 469K and at least one (but not more than two) elected student members. Elected student members 496K 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.
The establishment of school councils will not impact upon the functions and powers of P&Cs and the P&C president will be included on the school council to represent the views of the P&C Association.
School councils will have the responsibility to approve documents that set the strategic direction of the school, but will not be involved in daily operational aspects.
School's are to ensure that appropriate processes are followed. A range of supporting fact sheets are available:
This page was last reviewed on 16 Feb 2016 at 02:13PM