Guidelines to the Minimum Standards – understanding governance

Under the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017, a non-government school's governing body is responsible for the strategic direction, financial management and legal obligations of a school.

The Guidelines to the Minimum Standards and Requirements for School Registration (Guidelines) explains these responsibilities and outlines the evidence requirements schools must meet to demonstrate compliance with the governance standard.

With the updated Guidelines taking effect on 1 July 2019 for all Victorian registered schools, here's what you need to know about the changes to the Governance standard.

School governance

For non-government schools, there are new evidence requirements:

  • provide details of member(s) of the company, if the school is a company limited by guarantee (this refers to members of the company, not members of the governing body. That is, not details of the directors)
  • have copies of all delegations from the school's governing body. For example, financial or non-financial delegations made from the school governing body to the school principal
  • create a conflict of interest register for all 'responsible persons' and an explanation of how any conflict will be managed.

The existing evidence requirement in relation to the school's governance charter – outline the key functions and responsibilities of the school board – has also been expanded to include any subcommittees.

For a government school, the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 defines the role and responsibilities of a government school including the role of the school council. The Department of Education and Training's Regional Services Group monitors government school compliance with this standard.

For a copy of the revised Guidelines, see:

For information about other key changes to the Guidelines, see: