School councils

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

​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.

These web pages support existing and prospective school councillors in their roles and school council processes.

Key documents  

Improving School Governance - a training package for school councils

Improving School Governance, a training package for school councils, has been developed to improve the knowledge, understanding and skills of school council members, school council presidents and school principals.

The package consists of five modules: Governance, President, Strategic Planning, Finance and Policy and Review. The following modules are part of the package:

Training

School councillors can attend face-to-face training offered statewide. The training uses the Improving School Governance package and is at no cost to schools.

Schools or school councillors can contact the training providers below to register interest in training:

Governance and president modules

Synergistiq can be contacted on:

Strategic planning and finance modules

National Curriculum Services can be contacted on:

Online training

The above modules are also accessible as online training. Participants can complete the modules at their own pace, in any order and are able to return to each module as many times as necessary. To access the online training, see: Improving School Governance 

School governance support materials

School Council Governance Quick Reference Guide

The following document provides an overview of school council roles and processes.

School Council Skills and Expertise Guide

The School Council Skills and Expertise Guide outlines the desired skills and expertise required for effective school governance. It is designed to be used by school councils to identify the skills and expertise that can support school council operations and effective governance, see:

School Council Self-Assessment Tool

The School Council Self-Assessment Tool provides support to school councils in evaluating their effectiveness as a collective school council and identifying areas for improvement, see:

Benefits of Co-opting Community Members to School Councils

The Benefits of Co-opting Community Members to School Councils provides information and guidance on the benefits of community co-option and having community members from the wider local community as part of school council, see:

Legislative Requirements

A school council operates under a legislative framework within the Victorian government school system.

  • all school councils operate under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006
  • each school council is established by an Order of the Minister for Education
  • school councils are regulated by the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017.

For more information, see: Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents  for a copy of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 and the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017.

• Ministerial Order No 53 (pdf - 9.87mb)