Queensland Catholic Education Commission

The QCEC (“the Commission”) is a 16 member body established by the Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane and the Catholic Bishops of Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton and Toowoomba (the Bishops of Queensland).

Structure of Catholic Education in Queensland

The Commission exercises certain state-wide responsibilities in respect of schools that are administered by five autonomous Catholic education authorities each in a diocese (region) headed by a Catholic bishop. Direct responsibility of setting policy in each diocese resides with an education council or board. A director of Catholic education implements that policy and administers schools on behalf of the diocesan authority. In addition, the Commission has identical responsibilities towards a number of Catholic schools which exist independently of these diocesan authorities. These Religious Institute schools, as they are generally known, are owned and administered by various institutes/orders of religious sisters, brothers and priests whose separate authority structures are officially titled Religious Institutes.

Role of the Commission

The role of the Commission is essentially strategic and it has as its principal goal the greater co-ordination and advancement of Catholic education in Queensland, with due regards for the autonomy of the dioceses and the Religious Institutes.The operational dimension of the Commission is carried out by a small secretariat based at the First Floor, Catholic Centre, 143 Edward Street, Brisbane, which implements the Commissions decisions and administers its various initiatives by collaborating with the dioceses and religious institutes.

To draw upon the wisdom and expertise within Catholic education, QCEC operates a number of committees and subcommittees which are serviced by the Secretariat The Executive Committee is wholly composed of Commission members. It has a key role in preparing issues for the Commission’s consideration and guiding the Executive Director in those areas more closely aligned with the Commission’s operational dimension. The Executive Director is the Commission’s Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Secretariat, Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chief Spokesperson of the Commission.

Responsibilities and Functions of the Commission

The Bishops and the Congregational Leaders of Religious Institutes in Queensland have delegated the following functions to QCEC:

  1. Authority and prime responsibility for state-wide policy making and for action in the areas of:
    • funding (negotiations, distribution and accountability with government
    • advocacy, negotiation and agreement with governments and other peak bodies at state and national levels
    • research and collection of statistical data
    • industrial relations with respect to facilitating collaboration between employing authorities in Catholic education
    • public relations and communications on state-wide issues relevant to Catholic education
  2. Authority and collaborative responsibility to work with others in policy making and action in the following areas for which other educational authorities have prime responsibility:
    • review
    • curriculum
    • religious education outside Catholic school
    • liaison with education for ministry
    • social justice matters.
  3. Authority and responsibility, on an ‘ad hoc’ basis, through the consensus of the Commission to provide services on request or to be involved in projects on request and on behalf of other educational authorities.

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