A Victorian government School Council is comprised of parents, the principal, staff and sometimes community members. The School Council assists in setting the educational policy of a school. Councils can have between 6 and 15 members.
To be a part of the Council you don’t need any particular qualifications or experience – schools look for enthusiastic parents who want to help improve the learning outcomes for all students.
Elections to School Council positions are completed by the end of March each year. All parents or guardians of students enrolled at the school are eligible to vote for candidates wanting to participate on the School Council.
For more information on school councils see: www.education.vic.gov.au/school/principals/management/Pages/schoolcouncil.aspx
Introduction to School Councils: a guide for prospective members: www.education.vic.gov.au/school/parents/involve/Pages/schoolcouncilguide.aspx
There are also two organisations that provide information and support for School Councils: