Committees are central to how most councils work. How many committees will depend on what services and facilities your site has and that’s different for each site (school/preschool). However, there are some ‘must-haves’.
Every council must have a finance advisory committee.
If your site has any of these services, there must also be a committee for each one:
- out of school hours care service, even if a third party provider
- School Watch
- residential facilities.
Who comes and how often
The finance advisory committee page explains the minimum requirements.
For other required committees, who comes and how often they meet is decided by your council. This is all set out with a terms of reference.
You might need to work closely with committees or just need to be aware of the different committees that your site runs. You won’t need to be involved in all of them, and the site leader or the chairperson will let you know who can do what.
The need for these different committees is driven by what’s happening locally. Committees can help when you want to focus on a specific event and might be for a set amount of time. They can help you with:
- closing or amalgamating a school
- school uniforms
- special events, like sports days.
Your governing council needs to make sure the work of each committee is set out in a terms of reference. It could include information on:
- operational powers
Some suggested templates are available:
- finance advisory committee (Word 40KB)
- fundraising committee (Word 38KB)
- canteen committee (Word 38KB)
- parent club (Word 38KB)
- grounds maintenance committee (Word 37KB)
- sports day committee (Word 38KB).
A generic terms of reference template (Word 34KB) is also available for councils to use.
Governing Councils, Office for Education and Early Childhood
Phone: 8226 9617
Email: decd.sitegovernance [at] sa.gov.au