- The Board of Directors consists of 6 to 12 people. Half the Board are teachers (College of Teachers to select their members). The other half are parents or interested parties. To stand for the Board you must be nominated by two members of the Association. Nominations should be received by the School two weeks prior to the AGM. All Directors need to be Members of the company for 6 months prior to being nominated.
- The Board meets three times per term at Business meetings held on Thursdays from 5pm in Weeks 2, 5 & 8. Decisions are reached by consensus. All members of the School community are welcome to attend these meetings and to participate in discussions, though may not participate in decision making. There may be Closed business at these meetings in which case non-Directors will be asked to leave.
- The primary function of the Directors is to oversee the legal and financial affairs of Mumbulla School and to address issues of governance.
- The Board’s focus is on governance, on the legal and financial health of the school, on issues of future growth, guiding/directing the school into the future and maintaining a structure which will allow us to grow securely, upholding the ethos of Steiner education and complying with government requirements.
- The Directors are required to understand and address any legal requirements, planning imperatives and government and/or compliance regulations.
- The Directors need to understand the clearly defined responsibilities of management areas but not spend time on management issues. These will be delegated to the mandated groups and delegated authorities.
- The Directors work towards shortening Board meetings and becoming more effective.
- The Board of Directors is responsible for the duty of care within Mumbulla School. This responsibility is non-delegable.
- The Board rights and responsibilities is governed by corporate law (found in Corporations Act).
The Board will ensure that:
- all staff, Directors and mandated groups have signed a Confidentiality agreement.
- all staff, Directors, members of mandated groups, outside tutors and external providers have read, understood and signed off on the Code of Conduct, and that these documents are kept in a secure place.
Child Protection obligations
The Board will ensure that:
- all staff, Directors, members of mandated groups, outside tutors and external providers have read, understood and signed off on the Child Protection policy in order to ensure that:
- all staff who have direct contact with students understand their legal responsibilities in relation to child protection, mandatory reporting and Mumbulla School’s reporting and investigative procedures.
- staff understand the requirements to notify and investigate allegations of reportable conduct in compliance with the Ombudsman Act 1974
- all staff, members of mandated groups, outside tutors and external providers are informed of their obligations under the Child Protection (Prohibitied Employment) Act 1998.
- the School’s mandatory reporter is informed of his/her obligations and the school’s process in relation to mandatory reporting.
- the school meets the employment screening and notification requirements of the Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998. (See Mumbulla School’s Recruitment Policy)
The Board will be responsible for:
- Appointing an OH&S group consisting of at least:
- 1 Board member
- 1 teacher
- 1 admin staff member
- Developing and reviewing OH&S management plans
- Allocating budget resources to OH&S.
- Ensuring operating procedures are developed and implemented
- Ensuring a Return to Work program is developed with suitable duties options.
- Ensuring procedures are in place and communicated to all staff, including volunteers.
- Ensuring all equipment required for safe work is available
- Ensuring employees are trained in procedures
- Bringing OH&S issues to the attention of staff as soon as they arise.
The Board will ensure that there are in place within the school:
- processes of notification and disclosure by which the school will provide assurance to the Board of Studies that each person defined under the Act as a “responsible person”, and any other person or body having similar functions in relation to the management or operations of the school as those of a “responsible person”, is of good character
- processes of notification and disclosure by which the school can provide assurance to the Board of Studies that any refusal to register, or cancellation of registration, of the school occurring five years immediately before an application for registration is made, has not been largely attributable to the actions of:
- A “responsible person” for the school, or
- Any other person or body exercising similar functions in relation to the management or operation of the school to those of a “responsible person”.
- processes by which:
- the proprietor of the school, and, if the proprietor is a corporation, each director, trustee or person concerned in the management of the school, and
- each member of the governing body of the school are informed of their responsibilities under the Act, any Regulations under the Act and the Board of Studies requirements, including any duties of disclosure or notification.
- processes by which a return is made to the Board of Studies if, following an investigation by a relevant agency or authority, the school is formally notified in writing by that agency or authority of an alleged breach by the school of any of the following legislation:
- Ombudsman Act 1974
- Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1998
- Commission for Children and Young People Act 2000
- Institute of Teachers Act 2004
- Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000
- Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979
- Food Act 1989
- Explosives Act 2003
- Building Code of Australia
- processes by which a return is made to the Board of Studies when changes occur to:
- management and operation of the school
- staffing of the school
- premises and buildings as detailed in Section 3.9.3 of the Registration and Accreditation of Non-government Schools manual
Educational and Financial Reporting
The Board will ensure that the school has:
- Policies and procedures that ensure participation in annual reporting to publicly disclose the educational and financial reporting measures and policies of the school as defined by the Minister in an online or appropriate electronic form provided to the Board of Studies no later than 30 June in the year following the reporting year.
- Policies and procedures to ensure that the school cam provide data to the Minister that is relevant to the Minister’s annual report to Parliament on the effectiveness of schooling in the State and that such data will be provided to the Board of Studies in an online or appropriate electronic form within three months of being notified that the information is required.