Priority Items

REGISTRATIONS OPEN Education Law Symposium 2021 Catholic School Governance for the Common Good (Ref: 088/21)

Catholic Schools NSW invites leaders from across Catholic education including those professionals involved in the operation and governance of schools to the 2021 Education Law Symposium: Catholic School Governance for the Common Good on Thursday July 1st.

This professional development forum will cover topics related to the unique governance challenges Catholic schools face. The day will feature presentations by guest speakers and panels, including high profile industry experts and experienced administrators, providing insight and guidance for the future of our sector. 

Join us for an enjoyable day of questioning, learning and connecting.


New venue!

SMC (Sydney Masonic Centre) Conference & Function Centre, 66 Goulburn St, Sydney NSW 2000

  • Discounted, secure parking available nearby (details provided upon registration)
  • The event will be run in accordance with relevant NSW Government COVID-19 Health Orders

Catholic Schools New South Wales is a NESA approved provider of Governance Training.

For those travelling to join us, we have secured a number of special deals for Symposium guests at nearby hotels. Details of these accommodation discounts will be available upon registration.

The AEDC 2021 data collection – School Activation (Ref: 092/21)

The 2021 AEDC data collection starts in Term 2. Schools will receive their School Leader and Teacher packs in the mail to assist in their preparation and planning for the AEDC.

AEDC School Coordinators can activate their data collection portal from 19 March 2021 to enable teacher training and creation of class list by 30 April 2021.

If you are yet to receive your information pack, please contact AEDC Helpdesk on 1800 092 548 or

Catholic Schools New South Wales Employment Opportunity - State Manager, Aboriginal Education (Ref: 82/21)

State Manager, Aboriginal Education – Permanent Full-time

Applications close 5pm Tuesday 13 April 2021 (unless closed earlier).

About the Company

Catholic Schools NSW (Catholic Schools New South Wales) represents NSW Catholic schools and their owners to the media, government, and other education sector stakeholders. Catholic Schools in NSW educate approximately one in five NSW students.

Under its Constitution, Catholic Schools New South Wales acts as the overarching entity for the purposes of advancing education and religion in Catholic schools in NSW and ensures that Catholic schools meet their compliance requirements and can measure their activities in such a way as to maximize the education and faith outcomes of students.  The company’s constitution is also backed by canonical mandates of delegation from each of the 11 diocesan bishops in New South Wales who are also the members of the Company.

Employees of Catholic Schools New South Wales provide advice to Government, Catholic School Agencies and schools on the full range of educational policy and compliance drivers impacting contemporary NSW schooling.

About the Role

Catholic Schools New South Wales is seeking a State Manager, Aboriginal Education. This position is permanent full-time.

The State Manager, Aboriginal Education will lead the implementation of the Catholic Schools New South Wales Aboriginal Education Strategy.

Reporting to the Director of Education Policy you will:

  1. Manage Aboriginal programs on behalf of Catholic Schools New South Wales and assist with the administration of Aboriginal education related initiatives.
  2. Provide high level policy advice to Catholic Schools New South Wales in relation to state and federal policy development.
  3. Represent the Catholic sector on relevant state and federal government committees and working groups.
  4. Maintain relevant state-wide educational accountability systems, including the monitoring and reporting on Catholic schools’ progress in meeting COAG’s Closing the Gap targets related to school attendance, literacy, numeracy, transitioning and retention to Year 12.
  5. Act as the Chair and/or Executive Officer of relevant Catholic Schools New South Wales Reference Groups and Working Parties.
  6. Identify opportunities for enhancing the involvement of NSW Catholic schools in Aboriginal education related initiatives and strategies.
  7. Develop strong collegial relationships with diocesan Catholic School Agencies and the individual Catholic schools run by the various Religious Institutes and Public Juridic Persons (RI/MPJPs).
  8. Maintain and develop appropriate communication and information networks with the NSW Educational Standards Authority, ACARA, AECG, NSW Aboriginal Lands Council, NCEC, AITSL and other relevant agencies both the state and national level.
  9. Provide advice in relation to the NSW Curriculum and implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History and Culture cross-curricular priority.

About You

To be the successful candidate, you will need to:

  1. Hold a current and valid Working with Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012.
  2. Be a person of Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander descent who identifies as an Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander and is accepted as such by the community in which he or she lives. (Consistent with Section 14D of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977).
  3. Relevant degree/academic qualifications in education or related field.
  4. At least 5 years experience in a similar role, delivering Aboriginal education programs and related teacher professional development.
  5. Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the NSW Curriculum.
  6. Comprehensive understanding of practices and trends in general education and Aboriginal education in particular.
  7. Demonstrated involvement with Aboriginal Education and with Aboriginal community(ies).
  8. Empathy with and support for the mission, ethos and beliefs of Catholic schools and the communities they serve.
  9. Demonstrated capacity to manage financial and grant program contractual requirements.
  10. Strategic program planning skills, including capacity to develop program implementation advice.
  11. Superior understanding and use technologies to maximise efficiencies and minimise risk.
  12. Highly developed administrative and organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously while maintaining quality and meeting timeframes.
  13. Excellent communication and relational skills and ability to work in a diverse multidisciplinary team.

Join our team!

Applications for the position should include:

  • A cover letter explaining why you are interested in the role and briefly describe your skills, experience and capabilities to undertake this role (maximum 2 pages).
  • Curriculum Vitae.

Applications to be emailed to the Human Resources Manager  Applications close 5pm Tuesday 13 April 2021 (unless closed earlier).

You must have the legal right to work in Australia.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Applicants can also apply through:

  • Catholic Jobs Online

  • SEEK

  • Koori Mail Schools New South Wales-WEB-AD-MARCH211.pdf

Professional Learning

Modules for Principals about Highly Accomplished  & Lead Teachers (Ref: 096/21)

Catholic Schools New South Wales in collaboration with NSW Dioceses are pleased to provide a series of four professional learning modules for Principals about Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher (HALT) certification. The modules outline the national initiative of higher levels, a Principal’s role in the current NESA Policy , what HALT looks like in a school and develops knowledge and understanding of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST). They are about an hour in length and learners can access one module or all, as they need.

If you have never accessed Catholic Schools NSW Professional Learning (Catholic Schools New South Wales PL) platform before you will need to follow the 2 steps. Otherwise jump to step 2.

Step 1: Activate your account

Step 2: Access the Learning Modules

If you have any issues with access please email

For any other questions please contact


Registration Now Open: Catholic Schools New South Wales Sector NCCD Moderation (Ref: 086/21)

Registrations are now open for the Catholic Schools New South Wales SECTOR NCCD MODERATION TRAINING

AUDIENCE: Participants from systemic and non-systemic Catholic schools and offices across NSW including staff in schools (teachers, school counsellors, middle leaders) and diocesan office staff working in the area of disability.

DATE: Tuesday 4 May – 9 am – 3 pm

  • Whole day, face-to-face event
  • Agenda for the day will include:
  • Session 1: NESA Curriculum options for Students with Disability (presented by Marina Laing)
  • Session 2: Imputed Disability focus – Base Line Moderating Activities
  • Session 3: Imputed Disability Focus – Cross Moderating Activities

VENUE: Sydney Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn Street Sydney

NOTE: There will be NO remote access available


Please follow this two-step process:

STEP 1: Activate your account / sign-in to the Catholic Schools New South Wales Professional Learning Dashboard
Any sign-on issues please contact

STEP 2: When you are signed into the Catholic Schools New South Wales PL platform, click this link

            OR type Inter-Diocesan Cross Moderation Day in the search bar – top right.

NOTE: Don’t forget to click SUBMIT, once you have completed the registration form.

If you have any issues registering please contact:



Registration is now open for the Leading Wellbeing Excellence Forum (Ref: 093/21)

We are pleased to announce registration is now open for the Leading Wellbeing Excellence Forum, on Wednesday April 28 & Thursday April 29.

This event is open to Diocesan Wellbeing staff & Wellbeing Co-ordinators in RI/PJP’s.   

To register you will need to follow the two steps below

Step 1. Follow this link to register in the CSSW Professional Learning portal For support please use the ‘troubleshooting’ article attached.

Step 2. Follow this link to register to attend the two day workshop

Please contact for any issues signing in.



School Newsletter

Youth Mental Health Screening in Schools (Ref: 091/21)

More than half of Australian young people with mental health disorders do not get treatment. Macquarie University is conducting a survey which aims to identify youth who are struggling and refer them to appropriate help.

If you are interested in your school participating, please contact Dr Rebecca Kuhnert:

Information Sheet

Ethics Approval

Youth Week (Ref: 087/21)

Youth Week will take place from 16 to 24 April, 2021. Youth Week is a time for young people between 12 to 24 years of age to celebrate and participate in a variety of activities, opportunities and events across NSW and in their local area. The NSW Youth Advisory Council decided on the theme for this year: Together more than ever.

Media kit

The media kit includes social media posts, an A4 poster, newsletter text and images to share with your networks.

Youth Week 2021 Survey Poster