Review of the
Catholic Education Commission of Victoria


The Archbishop of Melbourne and the Bishops of Ballarat, Sale and Sandhurst, as the Bishop-members of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd, have agreed to undertake a wide-ranging review of the governance and operations of the CECV.

With the establishment of the four diocesan entities responsible for the governance of schools, formerly governed by parish priests, in operation in Victoria and coupled with the existing Religious Institute/Ministerial Public Juridical Person entities, the Bishop-members have decided that the time has come to look at the present arrangements of the CECV.


Announcements

2 September 2021 - Communique 2

Panel welcomes submissions to the CECV Review

The panel welcomes written submissions to the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV) review. Submissions should be aligned with the Terms of Reference for the review and focused on matters such as:

  • The past performance of the CECV across its range of functions, and the extent this performance can be linked to current structural and staffing arrangements.

  • Potential conflicts of interest in the current and any alternative arrangements for the CECV under the new governance frameworks for Catholic schools in Victoria and, if these are cause for concern, measures to ensure any conflicts can be avoided or appropriately managed.

  • An effective and appropriate governance and regulatory interrelationship between the CECV, the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) and Victorian Catholic schools.

  • The operating cost of the CECV (paid by schools and school families) relative to comparable interstate bodies with different structural arrangements (e.g. the Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) and Catholic Schools NSW (CSNSW)).

  • The past effectiveness of the CECV in advocating to state and federal authorities on behalf of Catholic schools in Victoria relative to comparable interstate bodies with different structural arrangements (e.g. the QCEC and CSNSW).

  • The impact that the underlying structure of Catholic education in Victoria (where one diocese accounts for more than 70% of all students) is likely to have on the feasibility of different options for future CECV arrangements and structures.

  • The nature and timing of work, relating to the functions carried out by the CECV, and overall scale of CECV functions compared to those of diocesan and religious institute/ministerial public juridic person (RI/MPJP) educational authorities.

  • Key lessons and reflections relating to the period from 2007 to 2008 when the position of Executive Director of the CECV was separated from the position of Executive Director of Catholic Education Melbourne.

  • Options for a rearticulation of the purpose and intent of the CECV, and the means by which the purpose and intent can be achieved, in governance and operationally.

  • Future arrangements to ensure that the CECV best serves the mission of Catholic education in Victoria.

Submissions should be sent to review@cecv.catholic.edu.au by 8 October 2021.

Submissions will need to include a name and contact details in order to be considered by the Review Panel.

The panel has also begun scheduling consultations with key stakeholders for the CECV review. These stakeholders include the bishop-members, directors and board members of Victorian diocesan education authorities, directors of the CECV board, directors of RI/MPJP education authorities, and representatives for school principals, parents and government agencies.

24 June 2021 - Communique 1

Panel appointed to review the governance and operations of the CECV

The Archbishop of Melbourne and the bishops of Ballarat, Sale and Sandhurst, as the bishop-members of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV), have agreed to undertake a wide-ranging review of the governance and operations of the CECV.

With the establishment of the four diocesan entities responsible for the governance of schools in Victoria and coupled with the existing religious institute and ministerial public juridic person entities, the bishop-members have decided that the time has come to look at the present arrangements of the CECV.

The CECV acts as the overarching, strategic planning and policy-making body for Catholic schools in Victoria, with oversight in those areas for 498 schools and the education of over 211,000 students across the state.

The CECV’s responsibilities include distributing government funding for schools, providing employee relations services, delivering the Integrated Catholic Online Network (ICON), serving as the school review body for the Catholic sector, representing Catholic schools in Victoria with the Australian and Victorian governments and other relevant agencies, and managing the Enhancing Catholic School Identity (ECSI) project and contract deliverables with the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven).

The purpose of the review is to identify and assess options for a rearticulation of the purpose and intent of the CECV, and the governance and operational means by which the purpose and intent can be achieved.

An independent Review Panel has been appointed and Rev. Dr Brendan Reed has been asked to chair the review process.

Rev. Dr Reed will be supported by three eminent individuals, Ms Pam Betts, Dr John Ballard and Ms Moira Najdecki. You can find the biographies for the panel members here.

The Review Panel will make recommendations to the bishop-members within 12 months. This will enable a thorough process – including analysis, consultation with stakeholders and feedback – to inform the development of recommendations.

As part of this process, the Review Panel will consult with a wide range of stakeholders. These include:

  • the bishop-members of Victoria

  • directors and board members of the Victorian diocesan education authorities

  • directors of religious institute and ministerial public juridic person education authorities

  • directors of the CECV Board not aligned to diocesan education authorities

  • past directors of diocesan education authorities and the CECV Board

  • parish priests

  • school principal networks

  • staff currently working for the CECV under the Service Level Agreement

  • Catholic Schools NSW, as well as diocesan authorities in the ACT and NSW

  • Queensland Catholic Education Commission, as well as diocesan authorities in Queensland

  • Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia

  • key stakeholders within the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority

  • government departments of education with responsibility for funding distribution and accountabilities.

Details on these consultations will be shared in due course.

The full Terms of Reference for the review can be viewed here.