What is School Council?

A well-informed and effective school council strengthens community confidence in the school and helps to build and secure the school’s reputation.


  • assist in the efficient governance of the school

  • ensure that its decisions affecting students of the school are made having regard, as a primary consideration, to the best interest of the students

  • enhance the educational opportunities of students at the school


  • to establish the broad direction and vision of the school within the school's community

  • to arrange for the supply of:

  • goods

  • services

  • facilities

  • materials

  • equipment

  • other things or matters required for the conduct of the school, including the provision of preschool programs

  • to raise funds for school related purposes

  • to regulate and facilitate the after-hours use of the school premises and grounds

  • to exercise a general oversight of the school buildings and grounds and ensure they are kept in good order and condition

  • to provide for the cleaning and sanitary services that are necessary for the school

  • to ensure that all money coming into the hands of the council is expended for proper purposes relating to the school

  • to provide meals and refreshments for the staff and students of the school and make charges for those meals or refreshments

  • to inform itself and take into account any views of the school community for the purpose of making decisions in regard to the school and the students at the school

  • to generally stimulate interest in the school in the wider community

  • to prepare the School Strategic Plan and review the Annual Implementation Plan — to be signed by the president and the principal

  • to report annually (the Annual Report) to the school community and to the department on:

  • the school’s financial activities

  • the School Strategic Plan, and

  • any other matters that are determined by the Minister

  • to manage the hire, licence and shared use of school facilities

  • to determine the dates for the school’s student-free days:

  • in accordance with the number of student-free days each calendar year specified by the Secretary of the department