Published on 27 May 2020
The National Catholic Education Commission has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement to expand the Exceptional Circumstance Supplementary Payment to support early childhood education and care services that are not eligible for the JobKeeper payment.
The supplementary payment applies to eligible early childhood and care services associated with non-government schools, that have experienced increased demand, were not operating during the reference period, or have seen a significant decrease in attendance from the 6 April.
Published on 18 May 2020
The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) welcomes the appointment of Jim Miles as Executive Director of Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM), by the Archbishop of Melbourne Peter Comensoli today.
National Catholic Education Executive Director Jacinta Collins congratulated Mr Miles saying she looked forward to continuing to work with him.
“Jim is currently the acting Executive Director for Catholic Education Melbourne - which is the largest Catholic school system in Australia - and has been an NCEC commissioner as part of that role,” Ms Collins said.
Published on 14 May 2020
The National Catholic Education Commission has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement today of an additional $10 million to improve COVID-19 hygiene measures in non-government schools.
National Catholic Education Executive Director Jacinta Collins said the additional funding will be welcomed by school communities who are spending significantly more of their operational budgets on stronger hygiene and cleaning protocols.
The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) has commissioned the Australian Catholic University’s (ACU’s) La Salle Academy to review the effectiveness of the Framework for Formation for Mission in Catholic Education.
The national framework, published in 2017, was developed as a resource for school leaders and school governance bodies with responsibility for the faith formation of staff in Catholic schools, to support the evaluation of their current practices and provide a strategic context for the enhancement of their formation programs.
Published on 16 April 2020
The Catholic education sector has welcomed the National Principles for School Education response to COVID-19 agreed at the National Cabinet today.
National Catholic Education Commission Executive Director, Jacinta Collins, said the National Principles reiterate the commitment of federal, state and territory governments for the continuation of quality schooling for Australian children during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The National Principles show a continued commitment by governments to ensure Australian students receive a high quality education, while allowing for the delivery of remote schooling as needed during the pandemic,” Ms Collins said.
Published on 07 April 2020
Catholic education has welcomed the Australian Government’s JobKeeper wage subsidies to support families facing job losses and stand downs. However, the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) is concerned the support does not work for essential services such as low fee schools.
NCEC Executive Director Jacinta Collins said under the current arrangement high fee private schools will access federal wage subsidies to retain crucial staff, but low fee non-government schools will be left out.
“A business approach to schools simply won’t work,” said Ms Collins. “High fee Independent schools will be assessed as losing more income because they are starting from a much higher base.”
Published on 03 April 2020
The National Catholic Education Commission has welcomed the Australian Government’s extension of funding to early childhood education for 2021.
The federal government will extend their national partnership funding to provide $453.2 million for next year to support early education for nearly 350,000 children.
Published on 02 April 2020
The National Catholic Education Commission has welcomed the Australian Government’s rescue package for early childhood and care services across Australia.
Under the plan, the federal government estimates around one million families will receive free childcare, and the government will pay 50 per cent of the sector’s fee revenue up to the existing hourly rate cap. The support would also apply to before and after school care and vacation care services.
Published on 28 March 2020
Catholic schools across Australia will extend school fee relief for families facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
National Catholic Education Executive Director Jacinta Collins said Catholic schools have a long tradition of offering school fee relief and assistance to families facing financial difficulties.
“Catholic schools keep their fees as affordable as possible, but we know many families will be facing serious financial difficulties during this challenging time,” Ms Collins said.
Published on 18 March 2020
National Catholic Education Commission Executive Director, Jacinta Collins, said Catholic schools will adhere to the Australian Government’s advice to remain open and operational.
“While there is significant concern and debate regarding school closures in Australia to minimise the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus),” Ms Collins said, “It is our view that the government and public health authorities are in the best position to determine whether schools should remain open and we will adhere to this advice.”
The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) has welcomed the changes to the presentation of NAPLAN data published on the My School website today.
National Catholic education executive director Jacinta Collins said the changes to the presentation of NAPLAN data would make it easier to track students’ progress and would reduce misleading comparisons between schools.
Published on 02 March 2020
The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement today of a review by the National School Resourcing Board (NSRB) into funding impacts on school communities in regional Australia.
The terms of the reference will be tabled at the next Education Council meeting, however, the government has committed to a “robust review” to commence in June this year, examining the Schooling Resourcing Standard (SRS) loadings as they impact students and schools in regional Australia.
Published on 26 February 2020
The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) welcomes the introduction of legislation to amend the Australian Education Act to allow for a fairer and more accurate measure of assessing parents’ capacity to contribute to the costs of non-government schooling.
The Direct Measure of Income (DMI), to be fully introduced by 2022, is based on the findings of the independent review by the National School Resourcing Board (NSRB). The DMI will replace the socio-economic status (SES) score methodology that was identified as fundamentally flawed by the Gonski Review in 2011, and will rectify the poorly conceived amendments to the Australian Education Act introduced by the Turnbull government in 2017 that increased the fee expectations on non-government school families.
Published on 11 February 2020
Former Macquarie Group CEO Nicholas Moore has been appointed the new Chair of the National Catholic Education Commission.
The announcement was made in a statement today by Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher OP, who heads the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education.
Click here for the full statement
Published on 28 January 2020
Catholic schools have welcomed the Federal Government doubling its funding to support families affected by drought.
A total of $8.2 million will be allocated to Catholic schools across Queensland ($3.9 million), New South Wales ($2.8 million), Victoria ($810,000) and South Australia ($660,000).
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