Standing Orders

A School Representative Body may develop Standing Orders designed to assist it to operate effectively and efficiently. It is good practice to establish Standing Orders and review them each year following completion of the election process.

Standing Orders typically comprise:

  • Reference to the Constitution – which lists the membership structure (by membership category and numbers)
  • An outline of Office Bearer positions and committees
  • A description of meeting procedures - how the School Representative Body will operate including
  • Length of meetings
  • Agendas
  • Minutes
  • Quorum requirements
  • Meeting arrangements
  • Open and closed meetings
  • Effective decision making
  • Member absence from meetings
  • Arrangements for extensions of meetings
  • Meeting etiquette

The Northern Territory Education Regulations set out certain requirements in relation to meetings of School Representative Bodies.

These requirements cannot be overridden by the Standing Orders.

School Representative Bodies are also encouraged to include information to assist them to effectively and efficiently conduct meetings. This information may cover agenda, meeting etiquette, length of meetings and making informed decisions.


  • Standing Orders Template - PDF | Word
  • Developing Standing Orders - PDF 
  • Standing Orders Checklist - PDF