Established in 2015 in an amendment to the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, the School Policy and Funding Advisory Council provides advice to the Minister for Education on regulatory, policy and funding issues that affect government and non-government schools.
The Council has five members:
- Gill Callister, Secretary, Department of Education and Training (Chair)
- Stephen Elder, Executive Director, Catholic Education Commission of Victoria
- Michelle Green, Chief Executive, Independent Schools Victoria
- Katy Haire, Deputy Secretary – Early Childhood and School Education Group, Department of Education and Training
- Professor Kwong Lee Dow, Independent Member, representing the views of students in all Victorian schools.
The Council meets at least three times each year, and the Department provides secretariat support to the Council.
The majority of Victorian students attend their local public school, including several schools that offer a choice between public and alternative curriculum models.
The non-government schools sector provides education to 353,000 Victorian school children, representing approximately 36 per cent of Victorian students (Source: DET February 2018 School Census; See:
Statistics for Victorian schools).
These schools are diverse in nature, serving a range of different communities. They may provide religious or values-based education, or be based on educational philosophies or different interpretations of mainstream education.
The non-government school sector is represented by these stakeholders on the School Policy and Funding Advisory Council.
A review of the operation of Part 2.7 of the
Education and Training Reform Act 2006 has been undertaken in accordance with the legislative requirement (Section 2.7.13) which included consultation with the School Policy and Funding Advisory Council.
A full report is available via:
The Department provides secretariat support for the School Policy and Funding Advisory Council. For more information, email: