Decision-making strategies for parents and the community

  • Participate actively in school consultation and decision-making activities. Talk to school leaders about consultation activities so they understand what forms of consultation you prefer.
  • Seek information about school consultation and decision-making activities so you can choose activities that are most suitable for you.
  • Seek feedback from the school about the outcomes of consultation and how your input was used.
  • Make sure your input is constructive and considerate of the views of others. Remember that a school community is a diverse place and there will be a range of views expressed on any issue.
  • Engage in decision-making in ways that are appropriate for your children's ages and stages of development. For example:


Participate in surveys.

Join the school council or P&C association.

Years 3-6

Work with the school to organise training in governance skills.

Encourage other parents and community members to become engaged and invested in the vision and direction of the school.

Years 7-9

Take issues of concern in the school community to the school council and/or P&C with suggested actions to address the concern.

Ensure you engage with the school during the development of the strategic plan.

Years 10-12

Develop an Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives in Schools (EATSIPS) education committee in the school.

Offer to arrange translation of draft school planning documents into the key languages of the school community to extend consultation to a broader range of parent groups.

Last reviewed
14 December 2015
Last updated
14 December 2015

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