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: membership, size and configuration, objectives and powers, functions and accountabilities and role of the 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