Governance Guidelines

2015 ISV Annual General MeetingMember Schools are self-managed but Independent Schools Victoria assists members to maintain high standards of governance and business management.

Regular briefings on governance are held for:

  • board and council members
  • heads of school
  • business managers
  • other senior staff.

There is a continuing flow of information describing and updating good business management and educational practice. Member schools are surveyed to ensure their needs are met.

The Independent Schools Victoria Governance Handbook has been updated. To purchase a copy contact the Executive Support Manager, Kate Anderson or (03) 9825 7230.

Member School Board Members and management have access to Across the Board – Governance guidelines for Independent schools. The material was produced by Dibbs Abbott Stillman Lawyers with input from SACS Consulting, Noel Waite of the Waite Group and Independent Schools Victoria board members and Secretariat.

Topical governance newsletters are available for your information along with details on the school board app iSource.

Governance Sessions in 2017

Independent Schools Victoria offers a range of governance sessions for new and existing Board Members. At these sessions, members are invited to participate in a discussion about the role and responsibilities of School Councils. Experienced speakers will be available to answer specific questions Council Members may have.

Please note: these sessions are only available to Member Schools.

Governance: The Basics

This two-hour twilight session is ideal for school Board Members who are new to their role or for those wishing to refresh their knowledge. The opportunity to ask questions of our speakers will be provided at the end of the session.

  • Introduction to School Boards
  • Role and Responsibilities
  • Legal Obligations
  • Relationship with the Principal.

Seminar No:                2017168

Time:                           6.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Date:                           Tuesday 21 March 2017

Target Audience:        Board Members who are new to the role

Governance: Risk Management

This two-hour twilight session will look at approaches to minimising and controlling risk within a school setting. The opportunity to ask questions of our speakers will be provided at the end of the session.

  • Risk Management
  • How to Read Financial Statements
  • Crisis Management.

Seminar No:                2017169

Time:                           6.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Date:                           Thursday 18 May 2017

Target Audience:        All Board Members

Future Session:

A two-day governance workshop is currently being finalised. Further details will follow.

To register for this seminar, visit the Independent Schools Victoria Professional Learning page and follow the link to Governance. A waiting list will be established if maximum numbers are reached. It would be appreciated that if you are unable to attend that you notify us as soon as possible so another registrant can be offered the opportunity to attend.

For registration enquiries, please contact The Development Centre on (03) 9825 7240.

For seminar content enquiries, please contact Kate Anderson via email or on (03) 9825 7230.

To be informed of future sessions please email the Governance Team to be added to the distribution list.


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