The key focus of the P&C is to provide a forum in which parents can articulate their needs and aspirations for their children and contribute to a developing partnership with the school. Schools will be most effective in meeting their goals when the partnership between parents and staff is open, publicly valued and based on a clear understanding of respective roles and responsibilities.

Members of P&C associations attend regular meetings of the organisation as a legislated parent body for community voice and work with the school on activities within the school including policy and management plan development and fundraising as examples.  

P&C Associations are an officially recognised forum where anyone interested in the welfare of students attending government schools can meet to discuss educational issues.

“The objects of an association are to promote the interests of the school or group of schools for which it is formed through –

(a) cooperation between parents, teachers, students and members of the general community;

(b) assisting in the provision of resources, facilities and amenities for the school or schools; and

(c) the fostering of community interest in educational matters.”School Education Act 1999, part 3, division 8, subdivision 2, section 143 (1)P&Cs give parents an opportunity to learn about the school’s policies and programs; organising ways in which parents can share in shaping and developing school policies; bring parents together to share information and views; assist the school in building positive attitudes to students and their families; help raise funds to provide extra resources