School representative bodies

School representative bodies provide a way for parents and community members to be involved with decisions at schools.

There are three types of school representative bodies:

  • school council - an elected body of members for a government school
  • independent public school board - an elected body of members for government schools that are independent public schools
  • joint school representative body - an elected body of members which represent more than one government school.

Role of school representative bodies

A school representative body is the governing body of a school. They work with the school to achieve the best outcomes for students.

Independent public school boards have all the functions of a school council, however school boards focus on strategy and monitoring performance.  

You can get guidelines and templates for school representative bodies on the Department of Education website.


For more information contact the Department of Education by calling (08) 8901 1383 or emailing

Council of Government School Organisations

The Northern Territory Council of Government School Organisations is a voluntary organisation made up of members from affiliated school representative bodies.

The council provides support for school representative bodies including training and publishing of resources for members. For more information or to contact the council use the following details:

Phone: (08) 8901 4933
Fax: (08) 8999 3254

Last updated: 17 July 2017

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