The National Catholic Education Commission has published a framework for evaluation of current practice and strategic enhancement of staff faith formation. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has endorsed the document, A Framework for Formation for Mission in Catholic Education.

What is Formation?

First of all, formation is Christ-centred. It is scripturally rich and grounded in the Church.

Formation is intentional, ongoing and reflective. It starts from people’s lived experiences and focuses on the growth of individuals and communities in spiritual awareness, theological understanding, vocational motivation, and in capabilities for mission and service in the world.

In short, formation for the mission of Catholic Education is a process that is systematic, collaborative, graduated and ongoing.

The Framework

A Framework for Formation for Mission in Catholic Education is a resource for educational leaders with responsibility for faith staff formation. This responsibility applies to the principals, leadership teams and school governance bodies of Catholic schools and those with director, mission leadership, governance and formation roles in diocesan, religious institute and ministerial public juridic person entities and systems.

This framework is offered as a resource for the evaluation of current practice and strategic enhancement of formation for mission of leaders and staff in Australian Catholic schools and systems.

There is a formative dimension to every aspect of Catholic schooling. Therefore, this document provides not only a framework for formation, but an orientation for the whole life of a Catholic educational community. All members of the community can find themselves in this framework, as it presents understandings that are fundamental to the formation of all individuals and communities, leaders, staff, parents and students.


Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, Archbishop of Perth and chair of the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education, launched A Framework for Formation for Mission in Catholic Education on March 20, 2017 at Mary MacKillop Place in North Sydney. Catholic education leaders from across Australia were on hand for the launch.

Download Archbishop Costelloe's address

Watch the launch videos:

Resources & Case Studies

A Framework for Formation for Mission in Catholic Education supports and complements the formation programs and activities being undertaken in schools and school systems. Documents in use in schools and school systems are shared below.

Case Studies

Other formation frameworks

Click on the links below to download other formation documents produced by Catholic school systems.

Related Links

Together At One Altar website developed by the National Catholic Education Commission in partnership with Catholic school systems across Australia, brings together valuable resources to assist teachers of students of all age levels to develop their formation in the Eucharist and assist their full, active and conscious participation in its celebration.

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