School Council.

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.


One of the key functions of a school council is to contribute to the broad vision and direction of our school through strategic planning. Strategic planning is the process of;

  • reflecting on a school’s past performance

  • establishing future directions and

  • deciding on what will constitute success.

School councils comprise parents, the principal, staff and often community members. School council elections are held in February or March each year. All parents or guardians of students enrolled at the school are eligible to vote for parent members, and staff vote for staff members. Community members are coopted by the school council.


Mandated school council positions are:

  • President – Parent member (non-DET employee), who is chairperson of school council meetings

  • Executive Officer – the principal

Other positions may include:

  • Vice President - Parent member (non-DET employee) or community member.

  • Convenor of the finance subcommittee – as elected from council members, preferably a non-DET parent member or a community member.

  • Minute taker - can be filled by a non-council member or alternatively, the position of minute secretary can be filled by a council member.