Parent bodies make significant contributions to their schools every year.
However, all the fundraising and other vital support provided by parents and friends groups can be put at risk if regulatory requirements aren’t met.
Those parent bodies that are set up as charities must meet a range of reporting requirements, including submitting an Annual Information Statement to the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC).
The ACNC has a range of helpful information and advice for parents and friends groups to ensure they are meeting their obligations.
It’s important that registered parent bodies comply with ACNC requirements otherwise they put their charitable status and therefore their valuable work in jeopardy.
The ACNC has prepared a question and answer fact sheet for parent bodies to help them meet their reporting requirements.
The ACNC website contains further information for charitable parent bodies.
Running a Parent Organisation
There are a range of resources available to support parents in the set up and running of a school parent support group.
Catholic School Parents Queensland has developed a range of resources that independent school parent groups may find useful in providing a basis for policies and procedures in key areas such as:
- a P&F model constitution
- finance and insurance
- running a meeting
- frequently asked questions