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.
2 September 2021 - Communique 2
Panel welcomes submissions to the CECV Review
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
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.