A new body has been established to represent the 45 independently-operated Catholic schools in NSW and the ACT who serve nearly 42,000 students.
The Federation of Religious Institute and Public Juridic Person Catholic School Authorities in NSW and ACT Ltd will represent the interests of the 17 Religious Institutes and Ministerial Public Juridic Persons who between them operate 45 Catholic schools in an increasingly complex and dynamic Australian educational system.
The federation’s chair, Br Paul Oakley, said Australian schools face a challenging future, with new legal and accountability requirements in relation to child protection, funding and academic outcomes.
“Catholic schools have a strong track record of accountability and student achievement,” Br Paul said. “Our members govern their schools with due autonomy and freedom, while also acknowledging and valuing the interdependence that should prevail among them and with other Catholic School Authorities in the interests of the common good of the Catholic education sector.”
“The federation will foster a collaborative network of representatives to support good governance and leadership of Catholic schools,” he said.
Left to right: Sue Fabian, Br Paul Oakley cfc, Kitty Guerin, David de Carvalho (NESA), Sr Judith Lawson OP, Frank Malloy, Craig Laundy (MP for Reid)
We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia as the traditional owners and custodians of the land of our schools. We are inspired and nurtured by their wisdom, spirituality and experience. We commit ourselves to actively work alongside them for reconciliation and justice. We pay our respects to the Elders; past, present and future. As we take our next step we remember the first footsteps taken on this sacred land.