Diocese creates company to oversee 57 Catholic schools

The new governance model will be operational by January 1, 2021 (Bigstock)

A new business will take over the governance of the Sandhurst Diocese's Catholic schools, removing responsibility from local parishes. Source: Bendigo Advertiser.

By Chris Pedler, Bendigo Advertiser

The new model comes as a result of recommendations from the Royal Commissions into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and is a Victorian Government directive.

Bishop of Sandhurst Shane Mackinlay said the new governance model would affect 57 schools in the Sandhurst Diocese. Parishes are currently responsible for the running of Catholic schools.

Bishop Mackinlay said Catholic Education Sandhurst would incorporated “to strengthen responsibilities for the diocesan governance and operation of Catholic schools”.

The plan to establish the new school governance model has been six months in the making and will be operational by January 1, 2021.

Bishop Mackinlay said the rest of the year will be used to fine tune the setup of the company, to be known as Catholic Education Sandhurst Ltd, which will include a board of directors.

The bishop said he believes the new governance model “will sustain and enrich the integral role of our Catholic education system in the life and ministry of our parishes for many years to come”.


Sandhurst Diocese creates company to oversee region's Catholic schools (Bendigo Advertiser

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