Role of Sub-committees

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

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Subcommittees are advisory bodies to the school council and assist council with work that needs to be done. They meet as directed by the council and report, in writing, to the council, Subcommittees regularly report at school council meetings to provide advice and make recommendations to the council. The council has the final responsibility for decisions. As subcommittees are open to non-school council members so members of the school community have a chance to get involved in school planning and council matters.

The school council decides the purpose and terms of reference of a subcommittee. Subcommittees are generally developed to support school council in specific areas. For example a subcommittee might be formed to make recommendations around the school’s buildings and grounds – such as organising working bees to maintain the school’s appearance or developing rules for groups who use the school’s facilities outside school hours. Some examples of other subcommittees are: information technology, community relations, student leadership or education policy.

Most schools have a finance subcommittee.

Structure of sub-committees

All school councillors should be involved in at least one subcommittee. A subcommittee must consist of at least three members. Each subcommittee has a nominated convenor who is usually a school council member.. Sub-committees are open to non-school council members.

The subcommittee convenor is responsible for:

  • reporting back to school council and principal about the subcommittee’s recommendations
  • ensuring implementation of approved recommendations are monitored
  • encouraging participation in the subcommittee from the school community.

Subcommittees usually meet between regular school council meetings. This allows time for consideration of their particular area of responsibility and to decide on any necessary action or follow up.

For more information about subcommittees and the finance subcommittee, see: