Priority Items

Revised Highly Accomplished Lead Teacher Policy (2022) (Ref: 110/22)

On Sunday 15 May, the Hon. Sarah Mitchell MLC, Minister for Education and Early Learning launched the revised Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher Accreditation Policy (HALT policy) (2022) with a target of 2,500 teachers achieving higher levels of accreditation by 2025. The media release can be found on the NESA website. Currently, there are 27 HALTs Catholic schools in NSW with more than 135 in process.

The HALT policy (2022) is designed to support more teachers to achieve higher levels of accreditation and aims to:

  • clarify and strengthen evidence requirements
  • increase the level of support available to applicants through feedback
  • streamline the assessment process and assure the validity and reliability of decisions
  • achieve greater consistency with national certification processes.

How NESA is supporting applicants under the HALT policy (2018)

  • NESA will be communicating with existing applicants on 16 May 2022 to provide them with information about our Transition Information Sessions. These will help existing applicants clearly understand their options when deciding how best to continue their application for Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher (HALT) accreditation.
  • Information on the transition arrangements and a Transition Information video is now available on the NESA website.

How NESA will support applicants under the HALT policy (2022)

  • Prospective HALT applicants will find a range of materials on the NESA website to help them understand the HALT policy (2022), including information sessions, an introduction video and other information and resources.

For further information about the revised policy please contact Mary Ryan, Head Professional Learning and Accreditation, at  or 0409606437.

2022 Federal Election Major Party Report Card and Policy Responses for Distribution (Ref: 104/22)

The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) has recently compiled information regarding the upcoming 2022 Federal election for distribution to schools and offices. This information assesses the responses from major political parties on education priorities.

NCEC has provided the following information:

Federal Election Newsbite School Newsletter Item

Catholic Education 2022 Federal Election Report Card

Catholic Education 2022 Federal Election Policy Responses

For more information, access NCEC’s website here.

Professional Learning

Podcast Series Available- Engagement and Utilisation of the AEDC data (Ref: 111/22)

A two part podcast series on the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) data has been published to assist teachers with how to utilise the AEDC dataset. This two-part series covers:

  • What is the AEDC and what type of information is in the AEDC? – Discussion on how the AEDC data is collected and what the AEDC instrument measures.
  • How to engage with your AEDC data? – Discussion on the value of AEDC data and how schools and early childhood education services can use the AEDC data to inform policy and practice.

Access the podcasts HERE.


Employment Opportunities

Applications Close 5pm TODAY- Senior Education Officer (Early Childhood) (12 Month Maternity Position) Catholic Schools New South Wales (Ref: 102/22)

The Senior Education Officer (SEO) has responsibility for a set of key policy areas including early childhood education and care (0 to Year 2). This includes policy monitoring and analysis, representation on external committees and providing expert advice and support to Catholic school agencies. Additionally, the SEO collaborates and provides expertise and support to organisation-wide strategic initiatives. A key area of collaboration relates to Catholic Schools New South Wales Professional Learning.

For more information visit:



School Newsletter

Recommencement of International Secondary Student Exchange (Ref: 112/22)

The NSW Registration Committee for International Secondary Student Exchange (NRCISSE) has lifted the suspension of exchange program commencements.

Student Exchange Organisations must complete the following requirements before inbound/outbound student programs progress:

  • report any changes to SEO details
  • ensure child protection requirements are up-to-date. All SEO staff and volunteers must have completed the Child Protection Training and have a valid Working with Children Check
  • submit a COVID-19 risk management plan to DE International via by Friday 27 May 2022 (must be approved before AASES will be issued)
  • update SEO agreements/contracts with parents/guardians of outbound students to align with clause 5.27 of the updated national guidelines
  • submit a completed outbound register at least 14 days prior to the departure of any outbound student. Please note the form now requires additional information in line with the updated national guidelines.

Further information:

Student Exchange Organisations that have remaining questions about the above requirements should email

New Australian Curriculum website live NOW (Ref: 103/22)

The new Australian Curriculum website, hosting the updated and approved Australian Curriculum, Version 9.0, has been launched.

ACARA CEO, David de Carvalho, said the new website is going to give teachers control over the way they view the curriculum and make their work easier: “Teachers will be able to quickly and intuitively find relevant information, and lessons can be more easily planned.”

The new Australian Curriculum was endorsed by education ministers on 1 April 2022, and sets high expectations and standards for what all students should know and be able to do.

Read more from the media release here: Media Release: New Australian Curriculum Website

Macquarie University Student Teacher Placements - 16 May to 27 May (Ref: 107/22)

Macquarie University has 50 student teachers who require a ten-day placement in a secondary school from 16 May to 27 May, 2022.

The subject areas for these student teachers include Economics, Modern History, Ancient History, English and Japanese.

The student teachers require placement in the following geographical areas: Greater Western Sydney, Blue Mountains, Canterbury-Bankstown, Central Coast NSW, Eastern Suburbs, Hills District, Hornsby, Inner City, Inner West, Liverpool, Lower North Shore, Ryde, Northern Beaches, Mullumbimby, Paramatta, Penrith, South-West Sydney, St George area and Upper North Shore.

If a secondary school located in one of these areas is interested, please contact Macquarie University’s Professional Experience Team  at or  Yana Jiang  at

Indigenous Veterans Commemoration - 27 May 2021 (Ref: 101/22)

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Veterans & Services Association, supported by The Returned and Services League of Australia (NSW Branch) and the NSW Office for Veteran Affairs, will be conducting the Annual Indigenous Veterans Commemoration Ceremony on Friday 27 May 2021. This ceremony is supported by Catholic Schools NSW.

The Sydney ceremony is one of several being held across Australia during Reconciliation Week in recognition of the service and sacrifice of indigenous veterans.

The commemoration service will be live-streamed on the Anzac Memorial’s Facebook page, allowing you to view the service from your home or workplace.

Access the Facebook page here.

Ceremony details

  • The livestream will begin at 10.30am on Friday 27 May.
  • Preservice activities commence at 10:40am.

Should you have any questions contact:

The Returned and Services League of Australia (New South Wales Branch)


Phone: (02) 9264 8188