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Approved constitutions for governing councils and committees

Every school in South Australia must have a constitution. Your school will need a constitution for a:

Your site's constitution will be based on a model constitution. The content of the model constitutions has been approved by the Minister for Education and cannot be changed without getting approval from the department.

Your school's approved constitution

What it looks like

An approved constitution has an ‘approved by’ stamp on the front page. It will be signed and dated by the minister or their delegate.

Where it’s kept

There must be a copy of the approved constitution kept at the school.

When to change it

You should not need to change your school’s constitution often. Some of the times you can change it are when:

You can only change specific elements of the constitution like the school name and the composition of the council membership. See when to change an approved constitution for more information.

Legal status

It's your school’s constitution that sets its legal status. If your school has an approved constitution they are an incorporated body.

Constitutions – documents and approvals


Approval templates


Site Governance, Partnerships, Schools and Preschools

Phone: 8226 9617
EmailEducation.sitegovernance [at] sa.gov.au