About This Module

MODULE 1: Governance


This module provides participants with an understanding of:

  • the framework within which school councils operate
  • what school councils do
  • school council operations
  • important features of their school.


School councils play a key role in Victorian government schools, and being a member of the school council is a rewarding and challenging experience. Acting as a team, council supports the principal to provide the best possible educational outcomes for students.

Good governance strengthens community confidence in the council and helps to ensure the council’s reputation is maintained and enhanced. Good governance enables the council to perform efficiently and effectively and to respond strategically to changing demands and educational challenges.

Good governance relies on the professional leadership of the principal, the school council president and the school council. The establishment and implementation of appropriate processes, achieve a balance between formal meeting procedures and a friendly atmosphere of cooperation. Council members can strengthen their performance by developing the skills, knowledge and contributions through professional development.

Although each councillor brings their own valuable life skills and knowledge to the role, councillors may need to develop skills and acquire knowledge in areas that may be unfamiliar to them. These might include developing the broad direction and vision for the school, interpreting data or financial statements, working effectively as a council or understanding legislative and policy requirements.

This training program will help councillors understand their roles and responsibilities and develop the skills and knowledge to perform their governance tasks successfully.

In addition to this governance module, there are three other training modules to support councillors in the areas of strategic planning, finance and policy development and review.

A module for school council presidents is also available.

Units in this Module

Legislative framework
What school councils do
Council operations
Understanding the school