The Catholic Education Commission of New South Wales, is established by the Catholic Bishops of NSW to act on behalf of Dioceses, Religious Institutes, Parents and Parishes for the benefit of Catholic education.
The Commission seeks to promote and protect quality education for all children in schools in New South Wales.
In its service to schools, parishes, Religious Institutes and Dioceses the Commission takes a leadership role, coordinating and representing Catholic education in NSW at a state level.
In this role the Commission is the representative voice of Catholic School Authorities in New South Wales. It acts on behalf of the Catholic community to ensure that the interests of Catholic schools are protected and promoted in forums where education policy is formed and resource allocation is determined.
Under its Charter, the Commission is not responsible for the management of Diocesan system schools or Congregational schools. The Commission is, however, responsible for providing policy guidance and professional services which support Dioceses and Religious Institutes in the development of Catholic schools as communities of faith where education is relevant and comprehensive and equips students for life.
Specifically, the Commission provides a service role, facilitating and guiding Catholic educators in the education in faith of students entrusted to their care, particularly through their influence on state and national matters affecting religious education.
The Commission carries forward its mission:
In its Leadership Role:
In its Evangelising Role:
- Witnessing in the Commission’s role its commitment to Christ;
- Promoting the advancement of Catholic education;
- Informing governments and the wider community of the purposes, objectives and needs of Catholic schooling;
- Representing Catholic School Authorities in negotiations with Australian and State governments, individually as well as through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), to secure adequate funding to serve the mission of Catholic schools;
- Responding, as the need arises, to the range of educational issues and initiatives arising in the wider community;
- Regularly planning its direction and reviewing its own operation;
- Modelling a commitment to a collaborative style of leadership and decision making;
In its Administrative Role:
- Articulating the distinctive character of Catholic schools as places where young people receive an education in faith;
- Facilitating and advising, in state and national matters, in the development of religious education in Catholic schools;
- Centering its decision making in Catholic values, principles and commitments;
In its Educative Role:
- Providing an administrative infrastructure for the development and monitoring of Australian and State governments, and COAG programs affecting schooling;
- Providing a mechanism for the equitable distribution of and accountability for State and Australian government monies provided for Catholic schooling in New South Wales;
- Building and developing effective relations with government authorities and political leaders with respect to policies which affect Catholic schooling;
- Developing, where necessary, state-wide policies for Catholic schooling on matters concerning education in New South Wales;
- Supporting the development and management of guidelines, policies and programs in specific educational services and technological infrastructure services across the Dioceses; and
- Coordinating, commenting upon and disseminating documents, papers, initiatives and ideas which are relevant to the future of Catholic education.