Student representative councils

A Student Representative Council (SRC) is a group of students elected by their fellow students to represent all students in the school. SRCs work democratically to represent the student body in school decision-making and organise ways for students to participate in school life.

The charter for SRCs (PDF 239.05 KB) explains how an effective SRC works, and helps students and schools establish an effective SRC (Note: This resource does not currently meet WCAG 2.0 accessibility requirements. Please contact 02 9244 5741 to request an alternative copy).

The role of SRC members is to promote the views of students and to encourage students to become actively involved in their school. Students can have their say on a wide variety of issues for example, school uniform and aspects of school life to participating in the development of school policies.

Student Representative Councils are based on a committee structure with some students elected to positions such as chairperson, secretary, treasurer and class/year representatives. For secondary schools there are school and inter-school SRC groups.

School SRCs provide participation and leadership opportunities by asking for input from peers, holding open meetings where all students can personally voice their opinions and by holding special fun or themed activities/events in which students can participate.

Electing an Student Representative Council

Members of the SRC can come from all years and they are democratically elected by their peers. The SRC election process will vary from school to school. It could involve:

  • an awareness campaign, using items such as posters, pamphlets and speeches to stress the aims and achievement of the SRC and the need for responsible voting.
  • compiling information sheets on candidates, including photos and lists of their school based interests, which can be displayed and distributed.
  • students who would make good leaders being lobbied to stand for election.
  • people such as local members of parliament acting as election observers and drawing comparisons with Australian and state government election processes.
  • former SRC students talking to students.
  • speaking at school assemblies and highlighting the SRC as an active body that is valued and respected by the whole school community.

Operating a Student Representative Council

School SRCs liaise and communicate with a number of groups within their school community, including:

  • students
  • local community
  • school council
  • school principal, executive, staff, committees
  • inter-school SRC
  • parents and citizens.

Provide opportunities for SRC representatives across schools to meet. These opportunities may help:

  • to improve school SRCs within the local area
  • improve communication between school SRCs
  • deal with issues that affect the local community
  • provide leadership training.

Across school SRC forums might focus on local community issues and issues arising from school forums.

Resources

SRC: A practical guide for student leaders and teachers (PDF 2385.24 KB) is a hands-on resource covering the basics of Student Representative Councils.
(Note: This resource does not currently meet WCAG 2.0 accessibility requirements. Please contact 02 9244 5741 to request an alternative copy)

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