The National Catholic Education Commission works with the eight state and territory Catholic education peak bodies in Australia, as well as diocesan and RI&MPJP school authorities.
State and territory peak bodies
Catholic education state and territory peak bodies are the approved funding authorities under federal, state and territory legislation and are the approved ‘Non-Government Representative Bodies’ under the Australian Education Act.
They work in collaboration with the National Catholic Education Commission, dioceses and RI&MPJP school authorities, to play a strategic role in advocating for Catholic schools and systems.
Catholic education authorities support Catholic schools and systems on matters such as policy, compliance, governance, and quality educational provision, and to ensure that public funds are used in accordance with legislation and regulatory requirements.
Catholic school systems
The majority of Catholic schools across Australia are systemic schools operated by Catholic education/schools offices within each Catholic diocese. There are seven archdioceses and 21 dioceses across Australia. The day-to-day operational responsibility, including the employment of staff for systemic Catholic schools, lies with the diocesan school authority.
Religious Institutes and Ministerial PJP School Authorities
Around 17 per cent of Catholic school students are enrolled in schools that are sponsored by Religious Institutes and Ministerial Public Juridic Person School Authorities (RI&MPJP). The day-to-day operational responsibility, including the employment of staff and enrolment of students, for RI&MPJPs lies with the individual school or RI&MPJP school authority.
See the Committee of Religious Institute and Ministerial Public Juridic Person School Authorities Australia (CORMSAA) website for more information.