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.


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 (NTCOGSO) is a voluntary organisation made up of members from affiliated school representative bodies.

NTCOGSO provides support for school representative bodies including training and publication of resources for members.

For more information contact:

Phone: (08) 8999 3255
Fax: (08) 8999 3254

Watch this space

The School Representative Body Policy suite is currently under review. The policy and guidelines will be streamlined for all types of school governing bodies and will be published in early 2022. Improved resources to support schools and governing body members will be available later in 2022.

Last updated: 27 November 2019

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