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Interview panels and merit selection of principals and directors

In your role on a governing council or school council you might be asked to be part of an interview panel. The department calls this a ‘merit selection panel’.

The merit selection panel

If a school or preschool (site) is appointing a principal or preschool director through a merit selection panel, there should be a representative from the council.

The site staff will ask you to nominate someone from the council to be on the panel.

The role is voluntary and it can be done by anyone on the council. It doesn’t need to be the chairperson, but it can be.

Who you represent

Once the panel has been set up, the person nominated by the council is responsible to the merit selection panel's chairperson.

In your role on a merit selection panel you are not representing the views of the council or any other group. You’re there as a member of the public, looking for the best person for the job.

Who chairs the panel

This is decided by staff at the site. It’s often an education director, but it can be different depending on who is available and other needs.

Training

Selection training for governing council representatives is provided by the South Australian Association of School Parents Clubs. Contact them to arrange for this training.  

Council members can talk to their current principals for more information on this.

Contact

Governing Councils, Office for Education and Early Childhood

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