College Council Committees

Finance Committee

Role

The Finance Committee's role is to review the financial operations of the college consistent with the annual college budget and 10-year financial plan and monitor any subsequent adjustments under delegated authority. The committee will work closely with the Property Committee to ensure that funding requirements are able to be incorporated into the 10-year financial plan. As a council subcommittee, the Finance Committee operates at the level of governance. The management of finances, allocation and use of funds remains the domain of the Principal.

Terms of Reference

The Committee will:

  • Review the reports of the financial operation of the college.
  • Review the annual budget and 10-year rolling financial plan to ensure that it addresses the needs of the college community.
  • Recommend the financing for construction or modification of facilities, consistent with the Bishop Druitt College Master Plan.
  • Receive information on current policy and practice.
  • Monitor expenditure programs under delegated authority.
  • Ensure compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements.
  • Approve recommendations from the Principal regarding the write off of non-recoverable debt.
  • Consider any other matter referred to the committee by the council.

 

Membership

Quorum

Meetings

-3 BDC Council members (including the Chair or Deputy Chair)
-Principal
-Business Manager
-Member of the BDC Leadership Team (appointed by the Principal)

Three members, one of which must be a member of council.

The committee will meet as required prior to council meetings and a report will be provided to the council.

Property Committee

Role

The Property Committee's role is to develop recommendations to the council for the provision and upgrade of facilities consistent with the college master plan and monitor any subsequent building program under delegated authority. The Property Committee under guidance from the Principal will recommend adjustments to the college master plan, consistent with emerging education imperatives and initiatives. As a council subcommittee the Property Committee operates at the level of governance. The level of management, maintenance and use of facilities remains the domain of the Principal.

Terms of Reference

The committee will:

  • Review the college master plan to ensure that it addresses the needs of the college community, through emerging educational imperatives and initiatives.
  • Recommend the construction or modification of facilities, consistent with the college master plan.
  • Receive information on current policy and practice.
  • Monitor construction programs under delegated authority.
  • Consider and advise council on security and fire access.
  • Consider and advise council on compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements.
  • Consider any other matter referred to the committee by the council.

 

Membership

Quorum

Meetings

-3 BDC Council members (including the Chair or Deputy Chair)
-Principal
-Business Manager
-Member of the BDC Leadership Team (appointed by the Principal)

Three members, one of which must be a member of council.

The committee will meet as required prior to council meetings and a report will be provided to council.

Governance Committee

Role

The Governance Committee's role is to evaluate and make recommendations to the council about the college's governance policies, practices and performance. The committee ensures that they are consistent with the Bishop Druitt College vision and values statement. The committee will seek to maximise the effectiveness and efficiency with which the council carries out its role.

Terms of Reference

The committee will:

  • Consider and advise the council on the Principal's remuneration guidelines.
  • Review as necessary the employment contract for the Principal.
  • Determine, in consultation with the Principal, the Principal's performance plan for a given year.
  • Review the performance of the Principal in relation to the agreed performance plan from the previous year.
  • Assist council to determine the skills needed among its members and selecting the persons best able to supply them.
  • Arrange and conduct exit interviews of outgoing members of council.
  • Consider, advise the council and facilitate as required the induction of new members of the council.
  • Consider, advise the council and facilitate as required the professional development of the council and its members.
  • Consider, advise the council and facilitate as required the council's periodic self-assessment.
  • Consider and advise the council on the college's constitution, governance policies and operating arrangements and any changes to these.
  • Ensure that council is acting within the governance policies and college's constitution.
  • Monitor, support and encourage open and transparent communication and information flow within and between the council and the Principal (recognising legal boundaries).
  • Consider and advise the council on compliance with the compliance auditor's recommendations.
  • Consider any other matter referred to the committee by the council.

 

Membership

Quorum

Meetings

-3 BDC Council members (including Chair or Deputy Chair)
-Principal
-Member of BDC Leadership Team (appointed by the Principal)

Three members, one of which must be a member of council.

The committee will meet as required prior to council meetings and a report will be provided to council.

Strategic Planning Committee

Role

The role of the Strategic Planning Committee is to facilitate and drive the process of the development of strategic intent for every aspect of the activities of the council. It will be a catalyst for growing broader strategic objectives to enable other council subcommittees to develop strategies for the implementation of these objectives. The Strategic Planning Committee will assist the council to grasp its responsibility of maintenance, growth and strategy by shaping a process of imagining and visioning for the future.

Terms of Reference

The committee will:

  • Oversee the organisation and resourcing of the annual Strategic Intent Day.
  • Oversee the organisation and resourcing of an annual retreat.
  • Hold before the council strategic issues that require response.
  • Provide leadership in embracing our theme of ‘2015 and Beyond' by overseeing:
    • The review of the Bishop Druitt College masterplan beyond 2015.
    • The review of the Bishop Druitt College vision and values statement.
    • The preparation and review of the Bishop Druitt College strategic plan.
  • Consider any other matter referred to the committee by the council.

 

Membership

Quorum

Meetings

-3 BDC Council members (including Chair or Deputy Chair of Council)
-Principal
-Member of BDC Leadership Team (appointed by the Principal)

Three members, one of which must be a member of council.

The committee will meet as required prior to council meetings and a report will be provided to council.

Education Committee

Role

The Education Committee's role is to evaluate and make recommendations to the council about the college's existing and developing educational policies and practices, ensuring that they are consistent with the Bishop Druitt College vision and values statement. As a council subcommittee, the Education Committee operates at the level of governance. The level of management and policy implementation remains the domain of the Principal, but the committee has a role to monitor the functions of management and implementation for consistency with council policy.

Terms of Reference

The committee will:

  • Assist in the communication process between the Principal and the council in relation to the educational program.
  • Provide advice to the Principal in areas of their expertise and experience.
  • Disseminate information on current policy and practice that may have implications for future planning.
  • Provide opportunities for discussion of new ideas, initiatives and practices in relation to the college's educational program.
  • Review the college's educational program to ensure that policies and practices are in accord with the educational philosophy of the college.
  • Monitor the college's testing and reporting practice to ensure that it is meeting its mandatory obligations in relation to Commonwealth and State Government regulations.
  • Review the college's academic performance in externally benchmarked testing (e.g. NAPLAN and Higher School Certificate).
  • Consider any other matter referred to the committee by the council.

 

Membership

Quorum

Meetings

-3 BDC Council members (including Chair or Deputy Chair)
-Principal
-Member of BDC Leadership Team (appointed by the Principal)

Three members, one of which must be a member of council.

The committee will meet as required prior to council meetings and a report will be provided to council.

Uniform Committee

Role

The role of the Uniform Committee is to advise and recommend to the council uniforms appropriate for the needs of the college and arrange for their manufacture and provision to the college community.

Terms of Reference

The committee will:

  • Consider and advise the council on all aspects of uniforms required by the college, including their designs, styles, patterns, colours and fabrics.
  • Recommend suppliers of college uniforms and accessories and negotiate their manufacture, cost and delivery.
  • Supervise the sale of uniforms and accessories at the BDC Uniform Shop.
  • Consider any other matter referred to the committee by the council.

 

Membership

Quorum

Meetings

-2 BDC Council members (including Chair or Deputy Chair)
-Principal
-Additional members (as requested by the Principal)

Three members, one of which must be a member of council.

The committee will meet as required prior to council meetings and a report will be provided to council.

Sustainability Committee

Role

The Sustainability Committee's role is to evaluate and make recommendations to the council about the college's sustainability practices. The committee will act as a catalyst for improved engagement by the college community with the pressing environmental challenges of our times. The committee aims to promote the college as a recognised leader of sustainable practices amongst schools and businesses in the region.

Terms of reference

The Committee will:

  • Provide advice to the council and the Principal on:
    • Sustainability policy (energy, water, waste management and preferred choice of socially-responsible suppliers).
    • Carbon footprint reduction measures.
    • Identification of opportunities for cost savings which also have sustainability benefits.
    • Awareness building within the college community of environmental challenges, responsibilities and engagement opportunities.
  • Review environmental performance reporting including progress reports on carbon reduction-related initiatives.
  • Monitor expenditure on areas targeted for carbon-related savings.
  • Work with the council and other council subcommittees to support our teaching community in engaging with students on ecological issues.

 

Membership

Quorum

Meetings

-3 BDC Council members (including Chair or Deputy Chair)
-Principal
-Member of BDC
Leadership Team (appointed by the Principal)

Three members, one of which must be a member of council.

The committee will meet as required prior to council meetings and a report will be provided to council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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