Ongoing obligations

Ongoing obligations

Non-government schools have ongoing obligations and responsibilities that must be maintained.

Governing bodies and registered schools must:

  • observe the standards throughout the period of their registration.
  • notify the Director General of any changes to the membership of the governing body or the constitution.
  • notify the Director General of any critical or emergency incidents.
  • comply with any conditions and directions on the school registration certificate.
  • surrender expired, replaced or cancelled registration certificates.
Governing body membership and constitution changes

The governing body of a registered school must advise the Director General of any changes to:

  • the membership of the governing body (i.e. the addition or removal of a member)
  • the constitution of the governing body.

Notification of these changes must be within 30 days of the change being made.

To make a notification, complete and submit the Notification of change in constitution or governing body membership form.  This form includes a statutory declaration by which the governing body Chair attests that each of the new members is fit and proper to operate a school.

Notifications about changes to the constitution must be accompanied by a copy of the new or amended constitution.

Critical and emergency incidents

Non-government schools must notify the Director General of critical and emergency incidents within 48 hours, by using the Critical and emergency incident report form.

In the management of an incident, the school should give highest priority to the best interests of the student or students affected.

Non-Government Schools Regulation (NGSR) can be contacted by phone on 9441 1900 or by email to, to discuss a critical and emergency incident.

NGSR, however, does not have a role in the resolution of a critical and emergency incidents in a school. NGSR considers critical and emergency incidents as part of monitoring schools’ compliance with the registration standards and requirements.

The notification of a critical and emergency incident to NGSR is an additional requirement to any other notifications that a school may need to make, for example, to the Western Australia Police Force, the Department of Communities – Child Protection and Family Support, or the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia.

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