An online module, School Council Elections and Succession Planning is included in the department’s online training resources for school councilsExternal Link .

Principals Guide to School Council Elections

  • The Principals Guide to School Council Elections (DOCX)External Link has been developed to assist principals to understand and conduct school council elections in accordance with the Ministerial Order 1280 Constitution of Government School Councils.
  • The guide is published annually and includes the election process, set out in six stages.
  • School council variable membership table (Schedule 2 (PDF)External Link ) (also included in the guide) sets out the various council sizes and compositions available.


To request a new school council, principals should complete the form, with support from the School Operations and Governance Unit, School Operations and Statewide Services Division:

Request for a school council — new schools (DOCX)External Link

The following expression of interest form should be completed by proposed appointees to a new interim school council:

Expression of interest in appointment as an initial member of a school council – new school (DOCX)External Link

Ministerial Orders

The following Ministerial Orders relate to the establishment, function, powers and operation of school councils:

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Reviewed 08 May 2024

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