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  • Annual Report 2017
  • A year illuminated by diversity, faith and inclusion

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Stephen Elder Executive Director, Catholic Education Melbourne

The story of Catholic Education Melbourne in 2017 is a story of growth in challenging times.


Demand for a Catholic education continues to grow across the Archdiocese, with many existing schools close to capacity and string of new schools set to open, including our first new secondary college in many years.


Families continue to trust the education our schools provide and Catholic education has been there as Melbourne grapples with growth rates unseen since gold rush days, expanding choice for parents in the booming suburbs of the city’s northern fringe, the Melbourne—Geelong corridor and the greater Geelong area.


It’s been a year of growth in academic achievement, with Catholic Education Melbourne students chalking up average median study scores in the VCE 3.1 per cent higher than Victorian government schools, and improvements and better than state average results across the different key NAPLAN areas of numeracy, spelling, writing and reading in different years.


2017 has been a year of growth in professional learning and child safety, with the first participants completing Australia’s only dedicated tertiary course in child protection; the Graduate Certificate in Education: Safeguarding Children and Young People, a qualification developed by the Australian Catholic University at the request of Catholic Education Melbourne.


The light that Catholic education aims to instil in our students and schools has burnt brightly, giving our pupils the sense of belonging and purpose that they need in their lives to flourish.



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Leadership Team

Catholic Education Melbourne aims to support and lead Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. The organisation is divided into five key units: Catholic Education Services, Enterprise Services, Business Advisory Services, Digital Strategy and Planning and Infrastructure.

Fast Facts

Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Melbourne is a faith-based educational system and a leading provider of school education in the third-largest Catholic diocese in the world.

1 in 4 students in Melbourne attend Catholic schools.
Who we support

  • 18700 Staff
  • 330 Schools
  • 153000 Students




Student Achievement


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Education that illuminates and guides in all that we do.

- Enhancing Catholic School Identity -

Enhancing Catholic School Identity

In addressing the changing needs of our students, teachers, parents, parishes and the community, and the Catholic Education Melbourne community, the Catholic education system is challenged to reflect continuously on its Catholic identity, in particular the ways we articulate our identity and vision and express our distinctiveness as Catholic communities in a pluralistic society.

Learning that goes deep always benefits the common good.

- Quality Teaching for All Learners -

Quality Teaching for All Learners

Students today are immersed in a globalising world that is marked by rapid scientific and technological growth. As technology advances, we are challenged to collaborate with schools and lead new pedagogical models for learning and teaching, incorporating new technologies in the classroom and providing new learning spaces to meet the needs of students.


We trained over 80 volunteers who then provided support to refugee students across over 30 Catholic schools in Melbourne.


The better one serves, the greater one leads.

- Capability to Better Serve and Lead -

Capability to Better Serve and Lead

There is an increasing need to provide school services more efficiently and effectively. We need to continue developing strategic alliances and stronger partnerships with parents, parishes, local government, business and community services and explore options to co-locate schools with community health centres, kindergartens and activity centres.

Service in Partnership

Growth with wisdom is our upper, middle and bottom line

- Financial Report -

Financial Report

Joyous celebrations of faith, music, mission and art

- Celebrations and Awards -

Celebrations and Awards



School Awards

School Awards

Student Awards

Student Awards

Teacher Awards

Teacher Awards