Appointed Member (s.77 of the Act)
A local community, business or industry person appointed without election by the council.
Chairperson (s. 77 of the Act)
A member of the council who presides at meetings, manages the business of and provides leadership to the council.
Constitution (s. 94 of the Act)
The school council constitution that provides for membership, elections, conduct of business, the way that the council performs its functions and other appropriate matters.
Coopted student member (s.77 of the Act)
Where a school council is established for a primary school, a Year 6 student may be co-opted as a member of the council under the council’s constitution.
Determining by Lot
When a tie vote is decided by lottery, or by drawing lots. The process used for this in practice is up to the school and returning officer, although it would be beneficial to decide on the method before the election.
Elected parent member (s. 77 of the Act)
A parent of a child at the school, elected by other parents to be a member of the school council.
Elected staff member (s. 77 of the Act)
A member of staff at the school, elected by other staff members to be a member of the school council.
Elected student member (s.77 of the Act)
Means a student in Year 10, 11 or 12 who is elected by a poll, held under the council’s constitution, in which only those students may vote.
Official member (s.77 of the Act)
The school’s principal and the P&C president.
Quorum (s.99 of the Act)
A quorum for a council is the number equal to two-thirds of the number of its members or, if two-thirds is not a whole number, the next highest whole number.
A person who is responsible for overseeing the election process for school council elected members.
Scrutineers are appointed by candidates for election as elected members to observe the voting, and counting of the votes. Scrutineers have the right to be present when the ballot boxes are sealed and opened and when the votes are sorted and counted so that they may check any possible irregularities.
A member of the council who undertakes all administration regarding the council, and creates and maintains records. The secretary assists the chairperson in facilitating the effective operation of the council’s business.