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School Advisory Council Fast Facts

262 Parish Schools

In 232 Parishes

With 112,000 Students

Supported by 15,000 Staff

School Advisory Councils (SAC) are advisory bodies which form an important expression of the educational partnership that exists between parents, schools, parishes and the wider community to support all students. This is reflected in the ex officio membership of both the principal and the parish priest on the Council.

School Advisory Councils ensure that, at the local level, Catholic schools will remain ‘actively embedded in the life of the faith communities of the local Church, which in turn is tangibly manifest in the life of each school’ (Statement of Mission.)

The MACS board, as the governing body of MACS schools, has developed a policy concerning the establishment of a school advisory council for each school and its arrangements that arises from the Statement of Mission in the MACS Constitution. This has been done through the provision of:

  • Working Together in Mission. A Charter for parishes and schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne
  • Terms of Reference. A template for each school to modify for local context to establish and operationalise their council.
  • MACS Board-approved Manual for School Advisory Councils outlines MACS expectations of the SAC and includes those policies that impact on the activities of the SAC. It will be provided to all members of each School Advisory Council as part of their induction.


These documents lay the foundation for the functions the School Advisory Councils will undertake as a part of the broader governance framework of MACS by contributing to: school review, school master plan, receiving reports, and principal appointment and review.

All of these documents are located in the Resource page here.