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Our Service is managed and governed by a Management Committee. The Management Committee oversees all aspects of the operation of the service. The Management Committee is the legal entity and takes on the role of employer and all responsibilities of the Approved Provider under the Education and Care Services National Law 2010, Education and Care Services National Regulations 2010, Family Assistance Law and other relevant legislation as required.


7.1GovernanceGovernance supports the operation of a quality service.
7.1.1Service philosophy and purposesA statement of philosophy guides all aspects of the service’s operations.
7.1.2Management SystemsSystems are in place to manage risk and enable the effective management and operation of a quality service.
7.1.3Roles and ResponsibilitiesRoles and responsibilities are clearly defined and understood and support effective decision making and operation of the service.
7.2LeadershipEffective leadership builds and promotes a positive organisational culture and professional learning community.
7.2.1Continuous improvementThere is an effective self-assessment and quality improvement process in place.
7.2.2Educational leadershipThe educational leader is supported and leads the development and implementation of the educational program and assessment and planning cycle.
Part 2.1Provider approvals
55Quality Improvement Plans
168Education and care service must have policies and procedures
170Policies and procedures to be followed
171Policies and procedures to be kept available
172Notification of change to policies or procedures


Child Care Subsidy Secretary’s Rules 2017 Family Law Act 1975
A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999Family Assistance Law – Incorporating allrelated legislation for Child Care Provider Handbook in Appendix G https://www.education.gov.au/child-care-package/child-care-provider-handbook


CCS Governance Policy Child Safe Environment Policy Code of Conduct Policy Dealing with Complaints Policy (Family) Dealing with Complaints Policy (Staff) Dealing with Complaints Policy (General) Family Communication Policy Governance PolicyPrivacy and Confidentiality Policy Probation, Induction and Orientation Policy Recruitment Policy Social Media Policy Staffing Arrangements Policy Work Health & Safety Policy Writing and Reviewing and Maintaining Policies


We are committed to providing a strong Management Committee team who are aware of their roles and responsibilities to the Service, children, families, educators, and community. The Management Committee will adhere to Education and Care Services National Law and NationalRegulations,the National Quality Standard, Family Assistance Law and other relevant legislation as required by an employer. The Management Committee will maintain their professionalism at all times, performing in an ethical manner, which is reflective of the Service’s philosophy.

This policy applies to educators, Approved Provider, Nominated Supervisor, staff, families and visitors of the Service.


This Management Committee Policy is to be used in conjunction with the Governance Policy.

The Management Committee is elected each year at our Annual General Meeting (AGM). All family members of children who attend the service are invited to join the Management Committee. Within the Management Committee is an executive team. All members of the committee, including general members and executive team members have equal decision-making powers and contribute to all decisions. The members of the committee may include: Executive Committee (President, Treasurer, and Secretary, Public Officer),General Committee (Nominated Supervisor/ Director, parent representatives, two community representatives and two staff representatives)[amend to suit your service context]. 

The Management Committee has an overall responsibility for the sustainability and relevance of the Service. The Committee provides effective governance to support the operation of our quality education and care Service and actively supports families to meaningfully engage with the Service philosophy, policies and procedures and provide feedback to ensure continual improvement.

Our Service operates under the Service Constitution which guides the governance and functioning of the organisation and management committee. The Constitution guides governance rules while providing direction and purpose of the organisation’s decision-making processes.The Management Committee will ensure the Service Constitution is reviewed every 3years. The Service Constitution states the Management Committee must operate with the following minimum positions filled; President, Secretary, Treasurer and Public OfficerExecutive team committee members will be elected as per the Service Constitution and positions renewed every 12 months.


The Management Committee sets the strategic direction of the Service and is responsible for the overall operationand governance as the Approved Provider of the Service. The Management Committee is to oversee service operations to ensure all requirements of the Education and Care National Law and Regulations are met at all times.

Essentially, the Management Committee has five vital functions and Committee members contribute to one or more of these functions, depending on their interests, experience and skills:

  • Finance: day to day finances, administration issues, employee duties, general organisation; annual budget, financial statements; legal requirements; insurance policies; reporting requirements to Government bodies- (CCS); fundraising
  • Communication: Publicity and public relations, keeping the Service’s community informed of Committee decisions, new policies, events, etc.
  • Future planning: Being actively involved in the Service’s Quality Improvement Plan (QIP), Strategic Plan and the Professional Development Plan for Service staff
  • Policy development:Formulating,review, updating and approval of the Service’s policies, procedures, and philosophy as required, in conjunction with the Nominated Supervisor, staff, and families
  • Recruitment: Ensure a suitably qualified and experience Nominated Supervisor is appointed to oversee day to day operations of the service.


At times the Management Committee may organise separate sub-committees to assist with the operation and governance of the service.Sub-committees may be set up long term or for a short-term period to assist the committee to focus on a particular responsibility or task. Examples of sub-committees include staffing committee, WH&S committee, fundraising committee, and policy committee. The Management Committee may delegate decision making powers to the sub-committee group or they may be required to report back to the Management Committee.  Prior to a sub-committee being formed a Terms of Reference will be defined including roles, responsibilities and decision-making authorities.


All new Management Committee Members will complete a Declaration of fitnessand propriety form (PA02), which is submitted to the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) to provide evidence they are deemed a fit and proper person as per the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 Section 12.

All Committee Members are to hold a valid Working with Children/ Vulnerable Person Check which has been verified.

New Committee Members will undertake an induction to their role, including completion of the New Committee Member Induction Checklist (see: Appendix 1).  New Committee Members who are appointed as an executive Management Committee Member are encouraged to undertake formal training for the role (President, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Officer). New Committee members will be provided a copy of the Service Constitution, Service Strategic Plan and Quality Improvement Plan upon appointment.

New Committee Members who take on an executive role within the committee will be required to complete the background checks as identified below (See Authorised Personnel).

See Appendix 2 regarding roles and responsibilities of executive management committee positions


The Management Committee will ensure all executive members who identify as Persons with Management and Control of the Provider as per Child Care Subsidy (CCS) requirements undertake fit and proper check as per Family Assistance Law requirements. All Persons with Management and Control are required to register with PRODA and have their identity verified and background checks conducted. 

Fit and Proper checks for Persons with Management and Control:

  • Australian National Police Criminal History Check (performed within the last 6 months)
  • Working With Children Check
  • National Personal Insolvency Index check
  • Current and Historical personal name extract search (performed within the last 6 months)
  • ASIC Search, evidence the person does not appear on the Banned and Disqualified register (performed within the last 3 months)

The Management Committee will ensure all members registered with PRODA remain fit and proper in accordance with Section 55 of the Child Care Subsidy Minister’s Rules 2017. 


The Management Committee will ensure any changes to the Management Committee are reported to ACECQA within 14 days. New Committee Members are required to complete a Declaration of fitness and propriety form (PA02) which is submitted to ACECQA as evidence of fit and proper persons.

The Management Committee will notify the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) of changes within the Management Committee as per obligations within the required timeframe as outlined within the Childcare Provider Handbook. 


Our Service has an ethical and legal responsibility to protect the privacy and confidentiality of children.All Management Committee Members are required to read, understand and follow the Privacy and Confidentiality Policy and Procedure for the Service. Previous minutes or documentation of items or issues discussed at Management Committee meetings may be confidential in nature.  Previous minutes may be requested;however, items may be removed if confidential in nature.


The Service Constitution set out the requirements regardinghow decisions are made, the constitution will advise the structure and positions that must be heldwithin the Management Committee. The Service Constitution will provide guidance on the number of members required to be present for each meeting to go ahead, a quorum is required to determine the number of voting members who are to be present when business decisions are made during the meeting.  Committee Members are required to disclose any conflicts of interest, whether actual, potential or perceived when voting on business decisions.


The Management Committee members will follow the services Dealing with Complaints Policy and Procedure. The Management Committee will ensure staff, families, visitors or community members are encouraged to follow the Dealing with Complaints Policy and Procedure in the event they are notified of a complaint or grievance. Any complaint that alleges a breach of the National Law and National Regulations, National Quality Standard or alleges that the health, safety or wellbeing of a child at the Service may have been compromised, must be reported by the Approved Provider or Nominated Supervisor to the Regulatory Authority within 24 hours of the complaint being made.

The Management Committee is responsible for the recruitment of all staff and employees. The Management Committee will follow the services Recruitment Policy and Procedures.The Management Committee will ensure a suitably qualified and experienced Nominated Supervisor/ Director oversees the day to day running of the service. The Management Committee will delegate responsibilities to the Nominated Supervisor/ Director as per the Job Description for the position. The Management Committee will be responsible for ensuring the Nominated Supervisor/ Director meets the responsibilities for the role and position. Performance Management will be initiated by the Management Committee as required following any concerns regarding performance of the Nominated Supervisor/Director. The Management Committee is responsible for implementation of the Probation and Induction procedure for new Directors as per the Probation, Induction and Orientation Policy.

The Management Committee may organise a sub-committee (Staffing Sub-Committee) to support the Director in the role of recruitment of all staff and employees. The Management Committee may delegate authority of recruitment to the Staffing Sub-Committee to authorise appointment of staff and employees.

Our Service is committed to be a child safe Education and Care Service and aims to implement the Child Safe Standardsas recommended by the National Office for Child Safety. Our robust recruitmentprocesses play a vital role in protecting children from harm.[Insert information specific to your state/territory re: Child Safe Standards]


  • committee members must ensure they take their role and responsibilities seriously
  • all members must adhere to the Service’s Code of Conduct and Privacy andConfidentiality Policy
  • all members of the Management Committee must have a valid Working with Children Check/Vulnerable Person check or Criminal History check (where relevant)
  • each new Committee member will receive an induction as per the New Committee Member Induction Checklist (see: Appendix 1)
  • Service management will email details of Committee meeting schedulesto all families who request this information
  • the Management Committee will be involved in conjunction with families and Educators in the development, approval and review process for all policies and procedures
  • the Management Committee will reflect upon and provide feedback on the Quality Improvement Plan(QIP) documenting continuous improvement
  • the Management Committee will ensure all ideas and concerns are recognised and addressed in a professional and timely manner
  • the Service management will encourage family participation in the Management Committee to represent the family body of the Service
  • written information regarding the service’s management structure will be available to families at all times
  • the Management Committee will ensure a suitably qualified and experienced Nominated Supervisor/ Director oversees the day to day running of the service
  • whilst the Nominated Supervisor is responsible for the day to day running of the Service, it is to be in accordance with the decisions of the Management Committee providing they comply with all regulations and standards
  • the executive members of the Management Committee are elected by those families who attend the Service. Families may join the committee at any time throughout the year.
  • all families are encouraged to attend the Management Committee meetings and may vote on motions
  • meetings are held monthly on the first Monday of the month from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
  • meetings will be recorded, including agendas and minutes and decisions made during the meeting
  • notices and agendas of forthcoming meetings are posted on the notice board
  • the Management Committee will be made aware of the Service’s Dealing with Complaints Policy and Procedure.


Our Management CommitteePolicy will be reviewed on an annual basis in consultation with children, families, staff, educators and management.


Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority. (2014).

Australian Government Department of EducationSkills and Employment. (2009) Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia.

Australian Government Department of EducationSkills and Employment. Child Care Provider Handbook. (2022). https://www.education.gov.au/child-care-package/child-care-provider-handbook

Australian Government Department of EducationSkills and Employment. Child Care Subsidy (CCS) Specified Personnel Roles (2022).https://www.education.gov.au/child-care-package/child-care-provider-handbook/applying-become-approved-provider/specified-personnel


Australian Human Rights Commission (2020). Child Safe Organisations. https://childsafe.humanrights.gov.au/

Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics. (2016).

Education and Care Services National Regulations. (2011).

Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010. (Amended 2018).

Guide to the National Quality Standard. (2017).                                                             

Government of Western Australia. Department of Mines, Industry Relation and Safety. The management committee https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/books/inc-guide-incorporated-associations-western-australia/role-and-duties-management-committee

NSW Department of Education. Roles and responsibilities, Your responsibilities as a person with

Management or control https://education.nsw.gov.au/content/dam/main-education/en/home/early-childhood-education/operating-an-early-childhood-education-service0/Your-Responsibilities-as-a-Person-with-Management-or-Control.PDF

NSW Department of Fair Trading. Management committee meetings. https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/associations-and-co-operatives/associations/running-an-association/management-committee/management-committee-meetings

Revised National Quality Standard. (2018).

Western Australian Education and Care Services National Regulations


MODIFICATIONSpolicy maintenance – no major changes to policylinks to DESE edited to Department of Educationhyperlinks checked and repaired as requiredminor formatting edits within textcontinuous improvement/reflection section addedink to Western Australian Education and Care Services National Regulations added in ‘Sources’
JANUARY 2022Review of content to include legal obligations required of Management CommitteeNew content added: New Committee Members, Authorised Personnel, Notifications of changes to management, Confidentiality, Decision Making, Compliant Management, Recruitment Sources check for currencyAppendix 2 added: Management Committee Roles DECEMBER 2022
DECEMBER 2020Minor editssources checked for currencyAppendix added: New Committee Member checklistDECEMBER 2021
DECEMBER 2019Additional inclusions in purpose of policyRelated policies addedWorking With Children Check inclusionadditional points added to sectionsDECEMBER 2020
DECEMBER 2018Reference to existing Management committee induction checklist incorporated.Additional information added to points.DECEMBER 2019
OCTOBER 2017Updated references to comply with the revised National Quality StandardDECEMBER 2018
SEPTEMBER 2017Minor changes made to policyDECEMBER 2018
NOVEMBER 2016New Format created and policy createdSEPTEMBER 2017

Appendix 1:



The following information has been explained to new committee member/s

  • the history of the Service
  • the role of committee and its authority within the Service
  • the structure of the committee (e.g., positions held)
  • committee members’ roles and duties
  • new member’s role and duties
  • the legal structure of the committee
  • legal obligations and liabilities of the committee
  • financial status and spending plans
  • current and upcoming projects
  • current issues (if applicable)
  • current sub-committees operating
  • Child Safe Standards/ Reportable Conduct Scheme
  • requirement for COVID-19 mandatory vaccinations (if applicable to your state/territory)

The new member has:

  • been introduced to senior management
  • been introduced to other committee members
  • been introduced to key Service staff (e.g., Nominated Supervisor/Director)
  • had a tour of the Service (if unfamiliar)
  • been provided with a mentor
  • signed and returned a confidentiality agreement
  • signed and returned the Code of Conduct
  • provided valid WWCC documentation
  • provided evidence of COVID-19 vaccinations

The new member has received:

  • rules or constitution of the committee
  • documented committee policies and procedures
  • a document stating the terms and conditions of appointment
  • a document stating the roles, duties, and responsibilities of the position
  • a list of current committee members and their contact details
  • a schedule of upcoming meetings (date, time, and venue)
  • minutes of previous meetings
  • last annual report

In relation to the service, the new member has received or has access to:

  • the Service philosophy
  • policies and procedures
  • Belonging, Being and Becoming: EYLF
  • the service’s Strategic Plan
  • QIP
I ________________________________________, confirm that I have undertaken the new committee member induction for (insert Service name), and understood the information provided to me. I have received all documentation as per the Induction Checklist.

I understand it is my duty to: Act in good faith and for proper purposeAct with care, skill, and diligenceNot dishonestly use position or information for personal use, andAvoid conflicts of interest.
Member’s signature Date 

Declaration adapted from information provided by Justice Connect, 2017

Appendix 2:

The Management Committee oversees all aspects of the operation of the service. The Management Committee is the legal entity and takes on the role of the employer and all responsibilities of the Approved Provider under the Education and Care Services National Law 2010, Education and Care Services National Regulations 2010, Family Assistance Law and other relevant legislation as required.
The President acts as the leader and spokesperson of the Management Committee and ensures they meetings are conducted in an orderly and efficient manner. The President will chair and run the meeting to the prepared agenda. The role of the President is to ensure meetings keep to the planned agenda and keeps the discussion during the meeting on track while ensuring the meeting provides clarity and purpose. The President will present any reports submitted to the meeting. The President will have experience and knowledge of the service and is aware of and understands the National Law and National Regulations, Family Assistance Law and the National Quality Standards. The President will assist to ensure tasks are delegated to members of the committee.
The role of the Vice-President is to act as the President in periods of absence of the President. 
The role of the Secretary is to formally record the Management Committee meetings through documentation of the agenda and meeting minutes. The minutes are a true and accurate record of committee meetings detailing attendees and decisions made. The Secretary will ensure all members of the Management Committee receive notice of the meeting through the agenda as well as records of the previous meeting through meeting minutes. The Secretary will ensure items and issues discussed and decisions made at the Management Committee meetings are recorded in the meeting minutes and distributed to members of the committee. The Secretary is to record any correspondence or reports that has been presented to the Management Committee.
The role of the Treasurer is to ensure all financial transactionsregarding the service are recorded according to legislation and reported through a profit and loss statement to the Management Committee each month at the committee meetings. Our Service operates with a paid Financial Officer who reports directly to the Treasurer. The Financial Officer and Treasurer are responsible for presenting an end of financial year statement at the Annual General Meeting, this statement is required to be submitted to NSW Fair Trading [amend to suit your state government organisation as required]
ThePublic Officerhas the responsibility to notify the NSW Fair Trading [insert state/territory equivalent] of any changes in the service address. This notification must be made within 28 days of the change.  The Public Officer is required to keep documents as outlines in the service constitution. The Public Officer may take on a legal representative role in certain situations.