Role of the school council

Victorian College for the Deaf school council make decisions that set the direction of the school. They:

  • help create and check the school’s budget
  • contribute to the school strategic plan
  • make decisions on policies like investments, payments by parents, dress code.

School councils usually have between six and 15 members and include:

  • the principal, who is the executive officer
  • parents who are chosen through an election
  • a school or Department staff member
  • a student, if the school has year 7 students and above.

Some councils also have community members who are chosen by the council. These members have special knowledge or experience in the local community.

Becoming a school council member

Being a school council member means taking part in shaping the future of the school. You will need to attend meetings and may need to develop new skills.

In most cases you need to be elected to become a council member. Elections happen by March each year and all parents and guardians from the school can vote.

If you’re elected, you’re a council member for two years.

The process is:

  • The principal will announce an election in late February or early March. They will provide a form or other way to nominate.
  • Complete the form or reply to the principal by the deadline.
  • If there are more nominations than vacant positions, a vote will happen.
  • The principal will run the vote and announce the outcome.


Meeting dates 2020

2020 meeting dates for Victorian College for the Deaf school council are as follows:

Monday 16th March 2020
Monday 18th May 2020
Monday 22nd June 2020
Monday 17th August 2020
Monday 14th September 2020
Monday 9th November 2020
Monday 7th December 2020