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Boards of Independent Public Schools

Principals of Independent Public Schools can establish school boards whose members work with them and their communities to achieve the best outcomes for students.

While members of a school council may be re-appointed to a new board, establishing a board of an Independent Public School is an opportunity to attract a broader cross-section of people with a range of experiences and expertise. Strong community and business representation ensures the board can make an even more significant contribution to the development of the school.

The board establishes a vision for the school that reflects the aspirations and needs of the community. The board can have an important influence on the direction of the school, with members bringing ideas and lending their expertise to strategic planning and community partnerships. Professional skills in areas such as management, finance, procurement, marketing and cultural knowledge support the principal and strengthen the school’s capacity to meet the needs of its students.

Members include parents, staff and members of the community. Students 15 years and over can be members. The principal is a member of the board. A comprehensive induction is provided for all board members.

The Independent Public School board chair is a signatory to a Delivery and Performance Agreement with the principal and Director General. The agreement sets out the performance and accountability expectations of the school, as well as the resources and support provided centrally to the school.

The majority of Independent Public School boards are unincorporated boards. Boards can apply to become incorporated if members wish to have greater functions and obligations.

Board functions are covered by the School Education Act 1999 and School Education Regulations 2000. Incorporated boards have additional legislative responsibilities.

For more information on support and training for school boards and councils, visit School councils/boards.