Governance

Governance

Victory Lutheran College is an educational institution of the Lutheran Church of Australia, Victoria District through the Wodonga Lutheran Parish ownership. As a consequence;

  • The Parish and District must approve the College constitution and by-laws.
  • The College must report annually to the Parish and District.
  • The College has a role in the mission and ministry of the Church to the local community.
  • The College is a member of Parish and Lutheran Education associations.

 

The Role of College Council - the Governance Role

The College’s Constitution details powers and functions of the Council and provides that the Council is responsible for the operations of the College which it may delegate to the Principal or to one or more Standing Committees who report to Council and who must comply with any direction given to them by Council.

The Council are responsible for the College Governance which includes:

  • appointing, reviewing and, in some cases, removing the Principal, and providing ongoing support and supervision;
  • governing the College
  • determining and implementing the College’s key values, principles and ethos
  • setting strategic plans and major directions for the College
  • determining the Council’s policies and practices
  • ensuring compliance with legal obligations
  • monitoring adherence to systems of and assessing risk management
  • approving and monitoring College budget
  • approving expenditure outside of the budget
  • reviewing the College’s performance
  • undertaking self-assessment review of Council performance
  • interfacing with the College community
  • handling grievances concerning the Principal
  • establishing whistle-blower procedures.

 

Democratic Principles

In line with the Victorian Registration Standards, the College supports and promotes the principles and practice of Australian democracy. Victory Lutheran College is committed to the principals of a liberal democracy:

  • We believe in an accountable, democratically elected government.
  • We respect and observe the rule of law, and believe that no person is above the law.  
  • We believe in equal rights for all before the law, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender or other attributes.
  • We believe not only in the freedom of religion, but also the need to practice tolerance and understanding of others' beliefs.
  • We believe in the values of openness and tolerance, and value and respect all members of the College community regardless of background. 
  • We believe in the value of freedom of speech and freedom of association, but also acknowledge that we have the responsibility not to abuse this freedom.