The Council is the governing body of the College. The College Council determines appropriate educational policies within Department of Education and Training (DET) guidelines that will ensure the College strategic plan is implemented and its resources managed responsibly.

The constituting order of the Council (changed in 1999 by Ministerial Order) specifies the following composition of the Council:

  • Seven elected parents
  • Four DET category employees other than the Principal
  • The Principal
  • Up to two co-opted members from the College Community (excluding DET employees) with a special interest in the college.

Elected and community members have two-year terms with half retiring annually, terminating on declaration of a ballot each year.

Elections are conducted according to the Education Regulations 2000 (amended 1999).

Elections are held during February- March each year.

Sub Committees of the College Council

Resources – Facilities and Finance

  • These subcommittees focus on Facilities and finance within the college.

Education – Curriculum

  • This subcommittee focuses on the educational needs of the college.


  • This subcommittee focuses on Student Wellbeing.

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?

Any parent of a child enrolled at the school is eligible to stand for election as a parent member.  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.  The council also includes DET employee members and community members.

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 and contribute to its success, and to that of each student.

St Albans Secondary College has been fortunate to have the support of very keen and dedicated parents willing to take on the responsibilities of council membership and to become involved at this level in the life of the school.

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.

For further information, contact our Business Manager on 9366 2555.