All Victorian Government Schools are governed by a School Council. Each school is a legal entity in its own right, a body corporate under Section 13 of the Education Act 1958.

School Council

  • Sets the broad direction and vision for the school
  • Leads school community conversations about key issues and challenges in education
  • Determines priorities
  • Prepares and endorses the school’s strategic plan
  • Ensures that an Annual Report is made available to the school community
  • Develops, reviews and updates policies
  • Ensures all money coming into the hands of the Council is properly expended for purposes related to the school
  • Arranges for the supply of goods, services, facilities, materials and equipment that are required for the conduct of the school
  • Exercises a general oversight of the buildings and grounds ensuring that they are kept in good order and condition
  • Regulates and facilitates the after-hours use of school premises and grounds
  • Provides for cleaning and sanitary services
  • Ensures that the school is responsive to the needs of the local community.


Sub-committees assist the work of School Council by exploring key strategic issues in more detail than is possible at a School Council meeting and providing opportunities to involve and utilise the expertise and experiences of members of the school community (and wider community) who are not members of school council.

Teachers, parents and students – with knowledge, skills and interests in particular areas (including teaching and learning, policy development, future directions in education, community relations and buildings and grounds) make a meaningful contribution to all sub-committees. 

There are six sub-committees of the Karoo PS School Council:

  • Education Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Buildings & Grounds Committee
  • Out of School Hours Committee
  • Marketing & Grants Committee
  • Fundraising Committee

Election Process

Each year, School Council elections take place in Term 1 and the process must be completed by 31 March. The Principal is responsible for conducting the election, although may appoint a person to act on her behalf for one or more of the purposes of the election. A letter detailing the number of vacancies and terms is sent home during February, inviting parents to nominate for this special school requirement.

There are two separate electorates within a school community:

• Parent electorate; and 
• Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) employee electorate. 

School councillors are elected for two-year terms. The term of office and rights and responsibilities of community members are the same as those of elected councillors. Half the council members retire each year but can stand for re-election.

Eligibility of School Councillors and Voters

A person who is an undischarged bankrupt, is of unsound mind, is serving a sentence for an indictable offence or a registrable offender within the meaning of Sex Offenders Registration Act 2004 is not eligible for election or cooption to the School Council. In deciding a person’s eligibility, the Principal may request in a specified timeframe that:

• a candidate must produce evidence of his/her eligibility to nominate for election; 
• a nominator must produce evidence of his/her entitlement to nominate the candidate; and 
• a voter must produce evidence of his/her eligibility to vote.

If you have any questions related to School Council please contact the Office.

School Council Members

Our School Council consists of seven parent representatives and five staff members who are elected at the Annual General Meeting held in March each year.

Our 2017 School Councillors are:

Name Position
Andrea Haley President
Simon Cowan Vice President
Fiona Robinson Treasurer
Irene Harding Finance Convenor
Leanne Vines Education Convenor and Buildings & Grounds Convenor
Danielle Macleod Secretary and Out of School Hours Convenor
Julie Linton Fundraising Convenor
Maree Jackson Parent Member
Ngan Booth Parent Member
Kristy Khouri Parent Member
Andrew Jones Parent Member
Deborah Thompson DET Member
Emma Finnerty DET Member
 Libby Hands  DET Member

Sub committee meetings for Fundraising and Education are generally held prior to Council meetings. We welcome any input from our community.