Comet Bay College Board

Purpose of the Board

The Comet Bay College School Board is formed with the fundamental purpose of enabling parents and members of the community to engage in activities that are in the best interests of the students and will enhance the education of the College.

The elected members include parents, staff and students in secondary settings. Members of the community may be invited to join. The Principal of the school is a member.

The Comet Bay College Board

Takes part in:

  • establishing and reviewing from time to time, the school’s objectives, priorities and general policy directions;[1]
  • planning financial arrangements necessary to fund those objectives, priorities and directions;[2]
  • evaluating the school’s performance in achieving those objectives, priorities and directions;[3] and
  • formulating codes of conduct for students at the school.[4]
  • the selection of, but not the appointment of, the School Principal or any other member of the teaching staff if prior approval is given by the Regional Executive Director.[5]

Approves of:

  • a charge or contribution determined by the Principal for the provision of materials, services and facilities;[6]
  • the costs determined by the Principal to be paid for participation in an extra cost optional component of the school’s educational program;[7]
  • the items determined by the Principal to be supplied by a student for the student’s personal use in the school’s educational program;[8] and
  • an agreement or arrangement for advertising or sponsorship in relation to a government school.[9]
Role of Board members
  • Parent members of the Board bring their experience as parents at the school, and the views and context of the wider school community.
  • Community members may bring expertise such as business or accounting skills that the Board is looking for at that time.
  • Department of Education employees bring their educational expertise.

[1] Section 128(a)(i) of the School Education Act 1999
[2] Including endorsing and reviewing the school’s annual budget (the budget summarises the income received annually from the Department of Education and other sources; it also lists planned expenditure, including salaries). Budget is under section 5.1.4 of the Department of Education’s Financial Management in Schools Finance and Accounting policy. Planning financial arrangements is section 128(a)(ii) of the School Education Act 1999
[3] Section 128(a)(iii) of the School Education Act 1999
[4] Section 128(c) of the School Education Act 1999
[5] Participation in selection processes by a representative of the Council is restricted to positions determined through local selection and will not include vacancies filled through the central transfer or placement process or the redeployment process regulated by the Public Sector Management (Redeployment and Redundancy) Regulations 1994. Section 129(2) of the School Education Act 1999
[6] Section 99(4) of the School Education Act 1999
[7] Section 100(3) of the School Education Act 1999
[8] Section 108(2) of the School Education Act 1999
[9] Section 216(5) of the School Education Act 1999


Closing date: Monday 22 February 2021 (4.00pm) 

The Comet Bay College Board would like to announce that we are seeking nominations in the category of Community membership (General community, business/industry).

A Community member is a member who DOES NOT have any children attending this school.

Any member of the community considered to have suitable qualifications or experience is eligible to be placed on the list of nominees for the community category of membership.

Community members have contemporary expertise required by the board. Examples of contemporary expertise include;

  • current employment with an employer working in partnership with the school, or
  • business skills that are required at the time.

The College Board holds a minimum of 4 meetings per year on a Wednesday 4.30pm – 5.30pm and membership is for a tenure of 3 years.

For more information, please refer to the College Board Terms of Reference here:

Further information is available on the Department of Education site here:


If you would like support the College Board in the category of community member, please nominate yourself by responding to the questions below and email to:

  1. Please detail why you would like to be a member of the College Board.
  2. Please provide details of your employment along with any organisations or committees you are involved in, and what experience you have that can support and add value to the College Board.
  • The nomination process closes on Monday 22 February 2021 at 4.00pm. 
  • There will not be an election to appoint community member/s. The board may appoint suitably qualified persons from the list of nominees by vote in a meeting and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Suitable applicants are required to complete a Criminal History Screening prior to appointment.