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To learn more about each Program, click on the titles listed to the left.

Program Funding and Responsibilities of the CECNSW and Catholic Block Grant Authority

The Catholic Education Commission NSW (CECNSW) and the NSW Catholic Block Grant Authority (CBGA operates within the Commission structure) administer a number of funded programs on behalf of the Australian and NSW Governments. CECNSW and CBGA sign Agreements with respective government departments and agencies for the receipt and management of program funds to deliver school education to students in Catholic schools and to assist in the achievement of outcomes specified in the Agreements.

CECNSW and CBGA administer and distribute program funds under program legislation, regulation, guidelines and agreements set down by governments, and their departments and agencies. Diocesan Catholic Schools Authorities and Congregational Schools are bound to provide educational and financial accountability reports on all grants received and to have all funding and expenditure independently audited.

Under the administrative charters of both organisations, CECNSW and CBGA provide information and guidance to Diocesan Catholic Schools Authorities and Congregational schools concerning the selection of projects for funding, grant application forms, closing dates, guidelines and reporting and compliance requirements.

Majority funding to NSW Catholic Schools is recurrent funding for school education from the Commonwealth and NSW State Governments.

The document links below are designed to assist Diocesan Catholic Schools Authorities and Congregational Schools to understand and comply with the educational and financial accountability requirements and governance compliance requirements of the Australian Government and the NSW State Government in relation to recurrent funding for school education.

Educational Accountability


Key Educational Accountability Requirements under the Australian Education Act 2013 and the Australian Education Regulation 2013

Guide to the Australian Education Act 2013


BOSTES Registrations Systems and Member Non-Government Schools (NSW) Manual 2016

Financial Compliance and Accountability

Commonwealth and State

Financial Compliance and Accountability under the Australian Education Act 2013 and the Australian Education Regulation 2013 and the NSW Education Act 1990 (amended)

Not-for-Profit Guidelines -  NSW Not-for-profit Guidelines for non-government schools             

Online Financial Reporting

Program Grant Management (PGM) is a web-based financial management system launched by CECNSW in 2013 for the exclusive use of CECNSW and Diocesan Catholic Schools Authorities and Congregational Schools and to manage the financial accountabilities of funded programs.

PGM displays all recurrent and target program grants distributed by CECNSW to Diocesan Catholic Schools Authorities and Congregational Schools. PGM is the vehicle for Catholic Schools Authorities to submit on-line financial reports to acquit program grants.

PGM is not for public use. This is a secure site for access by NETID registered users only. Any use of PGM, beyond that of authorised viewing or entering of data by registered users, requires the express permission of CECNSW.

See below the latest Schedule of Financial Reporting required of Diocesan Catholic Schools Authorities and Congregational Schools and a Summary of Program Compliances.

2016 Schedule of PGM Finance Reports & External Audits (Diocese & Congregational Schools) 

2016 Summary of Program Compliances (Commonwealth and State)

Governance Compliance

Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES), the education regulatory body of the NSW State Government, has amended its requirements for the registration of non-government schools to support recent amendments to the NSW Education Act 1990, in particular Sections 47 and 83.

Non-government schools are required to have policies and procedures in place for the proper governance of the school which must operate on a Not-For-Profit basis.

BOSTES School Governance Compliance requirements supporting the NSW Education Act 1990 (amended)

Also refer to the NSW Education Act Section 83C Not-for-profit requirements and Not-for-Profit Guidelines


BOSTES Approved providers of governance training and courses

This site outlines the BOSTES requirements and includes a list of BOSTES approved training providers including CECNSW. 

In 2016 CECNSW is providing four Online Modules (1 hour each) of Governance Training.

Responsible Persons can access these governance training modules by logging into CECNSW NETID. NETID portal can be found on this website Home page or: 


In March


Module 1 – Introduction and BOSTES Requirements

1 Responsible Persons

2 Proper Governance



Module 2 – BOSTES Requirement

3 Policies and Procedures

and two Case Studies


In May


Module 3 – BOSTES Requirements

4 Conflict of Interest

5 Related Party Transactions

6 Professional Learning


Module 4 – BOSTES Requirements

7 Induction Process

8 Independent Audit

9 Notification of Certain Matters

and one Diocesan Case Study



CECNSW Governance Resource Manual 2016 Updated

CECNSW is providing a Governance Resource Manual 2016 to assist Catholic system and individual school authorities. The manual was developed by AISNSW and is used and updated by CECNSW with permission. 

Catholic Schools Authorities (Diocesan systems) need to determine their governance structures and document the process of delegation to member schools. It is the responsibility of school system proprietors to ensure that 'responsible persons' are identified and trained and records kept of delegations, training and decisions made by responsible persons in each school. 


Funded Programs

CECNSW and CBGA administer a range of government funded programs.  Select from the menu on the left any capital support program managed by CBGA and Education Programs managed by CECNSW.

Other Compliance Areas for Schools

CECNSW coordinates a range of compliance requirements impacting NSW Catholic schools. Advisory guidelines on these compliance areas are listed in the 'Other Compliance' area to the left.

‘Other Compliance’ includes but is not limited to: Work Health and Safety, Student Attendance, Child Protection, Privacy, Copyright and Animal Protection.

There are a number of other funded programs that are supported by government for which schools and educational authorities can apply directly to the government agencies. Details of such programs can be found under ‘program name’ at government department or agency websites. CECNSW and CBGA have no administrative responsibility for programs whose funding is not administered through CECNSW or CBGA.