Policy roles

The following roles implement the Schools Policy Management Framework.

Role Description
Schools Policy Governance Group This group consists of executive officers from business areas that own policies that affect the work of schools. The group provides direction for the roles of participants in policy development, review and rescission processes. The group determines lines of responsibilities and maintains oversight and accountability for policy management and administration.
Policy owner

The policy owner (also referred to as policy manager) is responsible for the development and maintenance of the policy and its supporting documents and resources. The policy owner is usually the Director of the unit that owns the policy.

Policy contact officer

Policy contact officers (also referred to as policy managers) perform tasks upon the instruction of the policy owner. Policy contact officers may be involved at various stages of the policy framework, predominantly policy development and review. There may be more than one policy contact officer allocated to a task, for example collaborative drafting of policy documents between several officers.

Content experts

Content experts may be both internal and external to the department. They may be involved at various stages of the policy cycle. They may also be considered stakeholders in certain circumstances.

Stakeholders

Stakeholders have an interest in the policy and can be both internal and external to the department. Stakeholders may have a direct interest, for example principals have a direct interest in policies that affect the work of schools. Stakeholders may also have an indirect interest, for example community members may be indirectly affected by policies.

Policy approver

The approver varies according to the scope of the policy development activities involved. A deputy secretary or above approve new policies and major changes to policy documents. Policy owners approve minor changes to policy documents.

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