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Constitutions – schools

Every school in South Australia must have a constitution. Your school will need a constitution for a:

In each case, the constitution must be approved by the Minister for Education and Child Development.

All constitutions for schools are based on templates that have been approved by the minister. These templates are sometimes called model constitutions.

Your school's approved constitution

What it looks like

An approved constitution has an ‘approved by’ stamp on the front page. It will be signed and dated by the minister or their delegate.

Where it’s kept

There must be a copy of the approved constitution kept at the school.

When to change it

You shouldn’t need to change your school’s constitution often. Some of the times you can change it are when:

See when to change an approved constitution for more information.

Legal status

It is your school’s constitution that sets its legal status. If your school has an approved constitution they are an incorporated body.

Constitutions – templates and approvals


Approval templates and flowchart


Governing Councils, Office for Education and Early Childhood

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