Parents Voice in Government School Education


There is no requirement for a Parent Club to fundraise.

However, most clubs will undertake at least some fundraising as part of their role. As well as providing often greatly needed funds for the school, fundraising can lead to greater recognition and acknowledgment of the Parent Club within the school community. Fundraising could be a drawcard for new members if parents can see specific benefits for their children.

Tips for a successful fundraiser

  1. Identify the area requiring funding.
  2. Generate discussion with the School Council (see below), Principal, students and relevant sub-committees to ensure the identified need is in tune with budget priorities. Prior approval from School Council is essential.
  3. Decide how the funds will be raised. Consider suggestions from new members and even those which may not have worked so well in the past – may work better with the current parent community or at a different time of the year. Generally it’s best to go with the most popular and well-supported activity.
  4. Attempt to share the workload as widely as possible throughout the school community. (This encourages parent participation.)
  5. Be conscious of other schools/community groups’ activities in your area so as not to overlap or diminish anyone’s efforts.
  6. Seek approval from School Council regarding agreement for the fundraiser, as well as specific agreement on where the money will be spent.
  7. Go for it!
  8. If collecting cash, always have 2 people to count money – download our template (see below) to make the job easier.
  9. Keep good records of your fundraising activities – what’s worked well, quantity of goods ordered, what improvements could be made … to assist future committees.
  10. Be sure to acknowledge and value the efforts of everyone involved, however small the contribution.

Cash record template

Always keep a record of money collected. You can use our handy template to count the cash and also use as a record.

Planning tips

  • Set a proposed annual fundraising calendar at the beginning of the school year.
  • Keep an eye out for new ideas which might go well in your school community. Check our Fundraising page for ideas. Subscribe to Fundraising Directory for fundraising tips and newsletters.
  • Fundraising should be included in the Club’s annual plan.

School Council approval

All fundraising needs to be done with prior approval of School Council.

Although not mandated, we believe the Parent Club needs to have representation, on not only School Council, but also sub-committees of the School Council. Being represented on these groups will ensure the Parents Club has a voice on the spending priorities of the school. When the budget priorities have been cooperatively determined, the Parents Club is in a strong position to negotiate any fundraising efforts it may choose to organise. If there is no Parent Club representative on School Council, we suggest you speak with the School Council President and/or the Principal and put a case for Parent Club representation on School Council.

Parents Victoria recommends that clubs approach School Council with a “package” including the proposed activity and how the funds will be used e.g. “hold a sausage sizzle to buy books for the library”.

What if School Council rejects our proposal?

No fundraising activities may be rejected by the School Council until it has considered a recommendation by a committee consisting of the School Council President, one other representative of the School Council, two representatives of the Club and the Principal. This provision is set out in the  Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017   (Division 8, Clause 58(2).

For more information on the regulations around fundraisers, see our Finance and fundraising regulations page.

Raffles and gaming fundraisers

See our Raffles and gaming fundraisers page. 

No mandatory target

School Councils sometimes state – “we need you to raise $xxxx in a given year” There is no requirement for any PC to fundraise a particular amount per year or for particular items. However we do encourage all PCs to work in partnership with their School Council. If there is a dispute, try getting all parties together for a discussion.