Our Role

Our Purpose

‘To be faith filled Catholic learning communities of hope, joy and wonder where all are welcome and inspired to grow to their potential.’

Our Vision

‘Jesus Christ, our greatest teacher, calls us to share and witness to our Catholic Faith and Tradition, build inclusive communities and deliver contemporary quality learning opportunities for every person.’

Welcome to Catholic Education and to the schools in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. Extending from Pambula on the South Coast, to Crookwell in the north, through to the western point of Lake Cargelligo, the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn covers both the ACT and NSW, a total of 88,000 square kilometres.

There are 56 System Schools and 9 Catholic Preschools in the Archdiocese:


  • 9 Catholic Preschools
  • 24 Primary Schools
  • 5 Secondary Colleges


  • 19 Primary Schools
  • 4 K – 10 Schools (Central Schools)
  • 1 K – 12 School
  • 3 Secondary Colleges

Our Catholic School System educates over 25,000 students. We have 2000 Teachers and Support Staff and a Catholic Education Office with staff who support these schools.

We invite you to discover our schools and to acquaint yourselves with all that Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn has to offer.

We provide services in the following areas:

1. Spirituality and Pastoral Care

  • provide resources and guidance for the effective teaching of Religious Education
  • provide opportunities for the Faith development of all Catholic Education staff

2. Education Information and Advice

  • monitor and disseminate information on changes and developments in all relevant areas of education
  • advise and help with educational problems and queries
  • service and assist teaching staff, parents and clergy in the implementation of the curricula
  • develop curricula consistent with Catholic values and government regulations

3. Administrative Advice and Information

  • develop, disseminate and implement appropriate policies, procedures and systems
  • monitor government funding; advise and assist schools and parishes with grant applications
  • communication, media and marketing

4. Human Resource and Other Services

  • develop human resource policies and procedures
  • manage recruitment of school Principals and Catholic Education Office staff
  • payroll services
  • coordinate employment relations and negotiations for schools and Catholic Education Office staff
  • oversee Worker’s Compensation and return to work programs
  • coordinate the implementation of WH&S policy
  • lead the System leadership program

5. Financial Administration

  • oversee the System budget
  • receive and account for government grants and fees remitted by schools
  • ensure effective use of funds available
  • furnish necessary statutory returns
  • provide financial and budgeting advice to schools
  • ensure taxation compliance
  • provide school financial reviews and financial administration support
  • provide school administration system support

6. Planning and Facilities

  • plan and develop new schools in consultation with school authorities
  • plan and develop extensions/refurbishments to existing schools in consultation with authorities
  • assist in the maintenance of existing schools
  • oversee school census and enrolments
  • co-ordinate as required the purchase of equipment needed within the System
  • offer advice on suppliers, prices and specifications

7. ICT Services

  • manage, maintain and administer the ICT infrastructure for the Catholic Education Office and Systemic schools in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn
  • manage and maintain the Catholic Education Office’s ICT based administrative systems – including web based systems
  • provide managed internet services for schools
  • manage and maintain data warehouse to provide data for corporate use
  • provide ICT assistance to the Catholic Education Office and schools using the ICT Service Desk

8. Reporting

  • advise Government, the Archdiocesan Catholic Education Commission, Catholic Education Commission NSW, National Catholic Education Commission, other Catholic Education Offices and interested parties on the performance of the Archdiocesan Catholic Education System
  • co-ordinate public relations for Catholic Education within the Archdiocese

9. Quality Control

  • evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of the education and development achieved through the Catholic schooling system

10. Advising and reporting to the Catholic Education Commission

Assist the secretariat for the Catholic Education Commission by:

  • providing policy advice
  • providing administrative, financial and consultative services necessary to implement the policy decisions of the Catholic Education Commission
  • reporting regularly to the Commission on the progress of policy implementation

11. School Services

  • coordinate School and Family Services including managing child protection issues
  • provide leadership of internal school review and development processes
  • facilitate school registration and associated compliance
  • facilitate school staffing processes
  • lead the implementation of external assessment programs and data analysis
  • facilitate teacher formation, accreditation and development programs
  • assist in the development of School Boards, School Community Councils and Parents and Friends Associations
  • facilitate the licensing of Out of Hours School Care and Early Learning Centres