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.
What is school council and what does it involve?
All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally formed bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of the school within centrally provided guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.
Who is on School Council?
There are three categories of membership:
- A mandated elected Parent category. Parent members must make up more than one-third of the council’s total membership. Department of Education and Training (DET) employees can be parent members on council at their child’s school as long as they are not employed at the school.
- A mandated elected DET Employee category. DET employee members may make up no more than one third of the council’s total membership. The Principal of the school is automatically one of the DET employee members.
- An optional Community Member category. Members of this category are appointed from a decision of the school council based on their special skills, interests and experience. DET employees are ineligible for this category.
The term of office for council membership is two years.
Why is parent membership so important?
Parents on council provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school. Parents who become active on a school council and within the school community, find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children have a greater sense of belonging.
Do I need experience to be on school council?
No. Although any parent/carer is eligible to nominate for school council, we would encourage some prior involvement in working parties or committees. Of course, this is not a pre-requisite for council membership.
How can you become involved?
The most obvious way to be involved is to self-nominate/vote in the School Council elections held in February.
You might seriously consider standing for election as a member of the school council, or suggesting/encouraging another person to stand for election.
Please note: Ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant.
If you would like more information about School Council please contact:
The following documents provide an overview of school council roles and processes.
Members of school Council 2017-2018
Meeting Dates 2017