School Council Call for Nominations 2018

School Council Call for Nominations 2018

Posted 15-Feb-2018

Lara Primary School

School Council Election 2018 - Information for Parents

What is a school council and what does it do?

All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally constituted bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within statewide guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.

Who is on the school council?

For most school councils, there are three possible categories of membership:

  • A mandated elected Parent category - more than one-third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Training (DET) employees can be Parent members at their child's school as long as they are not engaged in work at the school.
  • A mandated elected DET employee category - members of this category may make up no more than one-third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members.
  • An optional Community member category - members are co-opted by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be Community members.

Generally, the term of office for all members is two years. The term of office of half the members expires each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.

Why is Parent membership so important?

Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school.   Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging.

How can you become involved?

The most obvious way is to vote in the elections, which are held in Term i each year. However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant.

In view of this, you might seriously consider

  • standing for election as a member of the school council
  • encouraging another person to stand for election.

Do I need special experience to be on school council?

No. What you do need is an interest in your child's school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school's future.

What do you need to do to stand for election?

The principal will issue a Notice of Election and Call for Nominations following the commencement of Term 1 each year. All school council elections must be completed by the end of March unless the usual time line has been varied by the Minister.  If you decide to stand for election, you can arrange for someone to nominate you as a candidate or you can nominate yourself in the Parent category.

DET employees whose child is enrolled in a school in which they are not engaged in work are eligible to nominate for parent membership of the school council at that school.   Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the principal within the time stated on the Notice of Election. You will receive a Nomination Form Receipt in the mail following the receipt of your completed nomination.   Generally, if there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted during the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.


Ask at the school for help if you would like to stand for election and are not sure what to do

Consider standing for election to council this year  

Be sure to vote in the elections.

Contact the principal for further information.

Meeting Dates

School Council meetings will be held on Mondays 6pm.  Dates for 2018 are;








3-Dec - Christmas Dinner (no meeting)

Timeline for School council Elections

Notice of election and call for nominations -Wednesday 14th February 2018

Closing date for nominations - Wednesday 21st  February 4pm 2018

Date by which list of candidates and nominators will be posted or 2nd call for nominations - Thursday 22nd February 2018

Closing date for 2nd call for nominations - Wednesday 28th February  4pm 2018

Date by which ballot papers will be prepared and distributed - on or before Thursday 1st March 2018

Close of ballot - Thursday 8th March 2018 by 4pm

Vote count - Friday 9th March 2018

Declaration of ballot - Tuesday 13th March  2018

Special council meeting to co-opt Community members (the principal will preside)- Monday 19th March 2018

First council meeting to elect office bearers (the principal will preside) - Monday 19th March 2018

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