Community - School Governance

All school councils in Victoria operate under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006. Each school council is established by an Order of the Minister for Education, which specifies the council’s membership, size and configuration, its objectives, powers, functions and accountabilities and the role of its executive officer who is the principal. The school council has particular functions in setting and monitoring the school’s direction. School councils have three main responsibilities:

Finance – overseeing the development of the school’s annual budget and ensuring proper records are kept of the school’s financial operation.

Strategic Planning – participating in the development and monitoring of the school strategic plan.

Policy Development and Review – developing, reviewing and updating policies that reflect a school’s values and support the school’s broad direction outlined in its strategic plan.

Other key functions of school councils include: raising funds for school-related purposes, maintaining school grounds and facilities, entering into contracts, reporting annually to the school community and the Department, representing and taking the views of the community into account, regulating and facilitating after-hours use of school premises and grounds and operating a children’s service at the school. The School Council at Bandiana Primary is made up of seven delegates, the Principal, one DET representatives, and five parents. Elections are held annually for positions. Each of the elected members holds their position for two years.