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Proprietor

The proprietor of a registered individual non-government school must be a corporation or other form of legal entity approved by the Minister to be the proprietor of a non-government school.

The types of legal entities approved by the Minister to be the proprietor of an individual registered non-government school are:

  • corporations
  • registered companies
  • trusts including religious bodies.

The proprietor is the legal entity that owns the school.

The role of the proprietor is primarily concerned with the governance of the school, including:

  • long-term financial planning
  • administrative policies and
  • accountability.

The proprietor determines the role of the principal (or equivalent).

The principal (or equivalent) is usually responsible for the management, day-to-day functioning and routine operations of the school. Where a school has no designated principal, the Education Act 1990 provides that:

  • any notice required or permitted to be given by or under the Act┬áthat is given to any of the teachers at the school, is assumed to have been given to every teacher at the school, and
  • an obligation imposed by or under the Act is an obligation imposed on every teacher at the school. Any one teacher may act on behalf of all teachers at the school to discharge this obligation.

Evidence of compliance

A registered individual non-government school must maintain documentary evidence that the school's proprietor is one of the types of legal entity approved by the Minister to operate an individual registered non-government school: for example, a memorandum, a constitution or other articles of association that establish the entity, a trust deed or incorporation documents.

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