Parents Voice in Government School Education

Our Achievements in 2021

Our Board and staff have been very busy this year working across a range of issues, making sure that parent views are represented in decision-making forums and the media.

Meetings Overview

  • 4 meetings with the Deputy Premier, Minister for Education and Minister for Mental Health Ministerial Office Team members)
  • 81 meetings with the Department of Education and Training (DET), including meetings with Deputy Secretaries
  • 16 meetings with education stakeholder organisations
  • 11 meetings with ACSSO (Australian Council of State School Organisations) –
  • PV Planning Weekend 2021 (to finalise PV priorities for 2022)
  • 59 other meetings

We’ve reported in more detail about the range and type of meetings and consultations we attend in past issues of Parents Voice, e.g. Issue 7 this year.


We responded to 79 media enquiries for comment over the year. Many of these are reported on our News & Views page.


  • Annual Conference, 11 October – “Recipes for Great Schools” (Held online because of Covid restrictions)
  • Webinar, 18 May – “Supporting your child on their career journey”  – Co-hosted by PV and DET.

Submissions, Feedback & Contributions


  • Students on School Councils
  • Family Law Resources for Schools
  • Resolving issues and complaints at schools
  • Respectful Behaviours within the School Community policy
  • 10 Year Digital Roadmap
  • Schools’ Privacy Policy
  • Review of School-focused Youth Services Program
  • Consultation on Respectful Relationships and Consent education policy and resources
  • DET Placement Policy Review
  • Victorian Government – Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan (AAP) Consultation
  • Improving School Governance Training Package Update
  • Covid communication templates (input/advice) re clear communications for parents/students
  • Article for School Council Update Newsletter


  • Feedback to ACSSO for ACARA, Australian Curriculum Review
  • Input to ACSSO’s submission to the National Children’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy Consultation
  • Feedback to ACSSO’s submission to the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) National Review


  • Inquiry into the use of School Buses in Rural and Regional Victoria and attendance at the Legislative Council Economy and Infrastructure Panel Hearing
  • VIT re new website
  • VIT draft Conduct Reporting Guide
  • Victorian Government Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan (AAP)
  • CCYP – new Child Safe Standards (CSS) Information Guide

… and more

  • PV Governance Review and updated Strategic Plan
  • Launch of new PV website
  • Launch of Relationship based Education (RbE) Platform on the PV website
  • Ratified a new PV Constitution and new membership structure at the October AGM
  • Parents Voice e-newsletters – 11 issues ( )
  • Assisted families with 1:1 support under our Responsive Complaints work (this includes quarterly reporting by PV to DET on repeat topics of concern which families raise with us.  E.g. Student Bullying;  Student Behaviour and Discipline; School Enrolments/Transition)
  • Support for the AEU Fair Funding Campaign
  • Know Your Country Campaign 

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