Sacred Heart College is governed by Marist Schools Australia (MSA) and the Principal is employed by the National Director of MSA. The College is a member of the South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools and works in support of the Diocese of Adelaide and Port Pirie.
The role of the Sacred Heart College Council is to assist the Principal, on behalf of the College community, to fulfil their responsibilities relating to the College as a Catholic school, and to assist in the formulation of policy in areas such as finance, property, College operations, future planning, and the public profile of the College.
Council members are appointed by the Regional Director following a process of nomination coordinated by the Chairperson and the Principal. Appointments are for a period of three years and reappointment is possible. The Council includes the Principal, the Finance Manager and a nominee of the Regional Director.
Other positions are filled by parents or Old Scholars who have expertise in governance or a background in the necessary areas that exist – school governance, including education, finance, law or administration.
The Council is assisted by the Finance Committee. The Finance Committee comprises accountants and financial planners who provide advice about fee structure, loans, auditing and financial modelling, while the Building Committee seconds expertise in the area of construction management and strategic planning. A number of its members are also Old Collegians of Sacred Heart College.