The membership of a governing council might need to change or it might just change suddenly. Some reasons include:
- not enough people nominated at election
- someone resigns
- an elected person can’t be a member because they haven’t met a relevant history screening requirement
- changing need for community members.
If your council needs a new parent member the council will need to work together to decide on the best approach for filling the parent member vacancy.
If you had unsuccessful candidates in the last election this might be a good way to find interested parents. If not, there are some other options.
Hold a supplementary election
Site leaders can read the returning officers’ guide for information on supplementary elections (PDF 100KB).
Do not fill the vacancy
You can choose to run a casual vacancy so you can fill the vacancy if someone comes along who is suitable. This vacancy will only be until the next election.
Look for someone new
How you look for new parent members will be about whatever works best at your site. A couple of ways are:
- put a call out for new members through the site’s newsletter
- someone on the council might already know a person who is interested in joining or would work well with the group.
These positions are based on need in the local community. Your council will work together to decide what skills and which people best meet the needs.
Governing Councils, Office for Education and Early Childhood
Phone: 8226 9617
Email: Education.sitegovernance [at] sa.gov.au