Governance and the School Council

Hills Grammar is a not-for-profit registered Australian public company limited by guarantee. School Council, empowered by the School’s Constitution and accountable under Corporations Law, acts as the 'Board of Trustees' ensuring responsible financial management and governance. Council’s focus is on sustainability, ensuring Hills Grammar remains relevant to current students and those to come, long into the future.

Sound governance principles and practices guide the Council in its decision making. The governing body balances a substantial focus on strategic considerations with its planning, monitoring, compliance and responsibility to oversee the operation of the School.

Council meetings are held monthly, from February to November. Council is assisted in its work by three standing committees including Finance, Governance and a Development Committee. All Committees meet regularly, reporting and making recommendations to full Council. The Principal is an ex-officio member of Council and all Committees. Council has delegated management responsibility for the School to the Principal who enjoys a high degree of operational autonomy balanced with a high level of accountability to Council.

Our current Councillors offer diverse professional skills and backgrounds. Some are parents, former parents or alumni and their bios can be viewed here. There are four office-bearers, Chair, Deputy Chair, Treasurer and Council Secretary, who are elected by Council annually. All Councillors serve in a voluntary capacity and are bound by a code of conduct. No Councillor receives a financial or other benefit from the School.

Council advertises annually, inviting expressions of interest from anyone in the School community or beyond who has the appropriate background and qualifications to become a member of the School Council. Online applications are reviewed and assessed confidentially against criteria which include Council vacancies, applicant skills, relevant experience and diversity profile.