Go to top of page

Who is on a school or governing council

Council membership – your site

The specific membership details for your council can be found in your site’s constitution.

The information below is helpful if you want to:

  • change the membership of your council
  • check that people are fairly represented.

If you want to know who is allowed to be on a council, take a look at eligibility for governing councils and school councils.

Example memberships

Just as every site’s setting is different, every site’s council membership can be different too. You can look at some site-specific scenarios in memberships of specific types of schools in the different constitutions:

Governing councils – a general membership overview

All governing councils must:

  • have a minimum of 5 members (there is no maximum)
  • be made up mostly of parent members, unless the site has mostly adult students
  • have a site leader as an ex officio member.
Governing councils – a general membership overview
Who Optional/required Minimum Maximum
Parents Required, unless site has mostly adult students 5, unless site has mostly adult students None
Site leader (principal/director) Required 1 1 per site
Community Optional None 3
Staff Optional None 3, but depends on number of students
Students Optional None 2, unless site has mostly adult students
Affiliated committees Optional None 3

School councils – a general membership overview

All school councils must:

  • have a minimum of 5 members and maximum of 23
  • be made up mostly of parent members, unless a site has mostly adult students
  • have a site leader as an ex officio member.
School councils – a general membership overview
Who Optional/required Minimum Maximum
Parents Required, unless site has mostly adult students None None
Site leader (principal/director) Required 1 1 per site
Community Optional None 3
Staff Optional None 3, but depends on number of students 
Students Optional None Varies depending on type of school
Affiliated committees Optional None None
Secondary schools only:
Member of the House of Assembly 
Optional – has a right to be a member, but is not required None None
Secondary schools only:
Local government councillor
Optional – has a right to be a member, but is not required None None

Staff representation on councils

The number of staff that can be on council is calculated using a ratio, found in the different constitutions:

 Contact

Governing Councils, Office for Education and Early Childhood

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