Access keys | Skip to primary navigation | Skip to secondary navigation | Skip to content | Skip to footer |
Problems viewing this site
Link to Queensland Government (
Home | Site map | Contact us | for
Department of Education, Training and Employment
A guide to state schools >

School Council Handbook

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 Microsoft® Word document510K and one elected staff member Microsoft® Word document510K. 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 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 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:

Forms and templates

Supporting documents

^ Top of page

This page was last reviewed on 27 Jul 2016 at 01:22PM

Copyright | Disclaimer | Privacy | Right to information | Access keys | Other languagesOther languages

© The State of Queensland (Department of Education and Training) 2016.

Queensland Government