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Finance roles – school and governing councils

When you are on a council you’ll need to keep a check on the budget for your site (school/preschool). You’ll be working with a group of people who have different responsibilities for different areas of the budget process.

The financial management checklist, governing council, schools and preschools (PDF 487KB) will help you to know what sort of information you should be receiving in these different roles.

Budget reporting roles

This is only about how people share information with you on the council. People have other reporting responsibilities, but we don’t cover that here. It allows you to see how different people can help you with the job of dealing with your site’s finances.

Who What sort of tasks Reports to

How information is shared for budget tasks and reporting – sites and councils

Site finance officer
  • Enters information into budget reporting system.
  • Site leader.
Site leader
  • Prepares a budget report for the council.
  • Education director.
Finance advisory committee
  • Helps to analyse and review the budget, ready for discussion with the council
  • Contribute to financial strategy and planning.
Treasurer
  • Presents finance information to the governing council
  • Chairs the finance advisory committee.
  • Governing council / school council.
Chairperson and council members
  • Monitors and reviews site budget – as an overview, not line by line.

School councils – the difference

School councils are only able to review and make suggestions to budgets. Only governing councils can approve budgets. As well, only a governing council is responsible for making sure the annual report is available for the minister.  

Contact

Governing Councils, Office for Education and Early Childhood

Phone: 8226 9617
Emaildecd.sitegovernance [at] sa.gov.au