The school, in collaboration with the board, establishes a vision for the school that reflects the aspirations and needs of the community. The board can have an important influence on the direction of the school, with members bringing ideas and lending their expertise to strategic planning and community partnerships.

The functions of the boards are covered by legislation and include both approval and advisory roles. Some of the matter's boards may make decisions on include fees and charges, book lists, sponsorship and dress codes. Boards make these decisions with the principal, who ensures the decisions adhere to legislative and policy requirements. Principals also seek the advice of boards to understand local community views.

The board does not intervene in the control or management of the school. This is the role of the principal.

Being a member of the council or board is an important and rewarding role that contributes greatly to the success of a school.

Members include the principal, parents, staff, and others from the wider community who can lend their skills and expertise to the school. When a vacancy occurs on a board, the principal seeks nominations. There are also criminal history screening requirements for parents and community members. The term for which members sit on a board is determined by each school board, in accordance with legislation.