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Our vision is for an outstanding Catholic education that equips our young people with the knowledge, skills, hope and optimism to live meaningful lives and shape and enrich the world around them.

Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd (MACS) serves and leads Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. We provide a range of services to support about 20,000 teaching and non-teaching staff in 335 Catholic schools serving more than 153,000 students (March 2020 figures).

Our system has a rich history of dialogue and collaboration with state and federal government departments and authorities. We play an important role in shaping and supporting national Catholic education priorities and policies.

Genuine partnerships with parents, parishes, religious institutes and the community actively support Catholic schools in educating students. We are committed to supporting schools to offer rich, deep and varied learning experiences to our students that support the development of the whole child.

We aim to assist schools to build teaching and leadership capabilities in communities of professionals who increasingly share system responsibility for school improvement and for achieving the best outcomes for our students.

The student is our first concern and our priority. We are committed to ensuring that we offer schools the most effective support to enable all students in Catholic schools to be engaged and creative learners who value excellence and effort, who see the importance of faith, and who have the knowledge, skills, hope and commitment to contribute to peace, justice and the flourishing of the human community.


Strategic Plan 2021

The Strategic Plan 2021 outlines the vision, mission, and values of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese and the major objectives for MACS over the months ahead.


To provide children and young people in the Archdiocese of Melbourne with a Catholic education that fosters a formation of the whole person that is deeply and enduringly humanising.


With parents and parishes, we fulfil our mission by providing an environment in which students are enabled to:

  • encounter God in Christ and deepen their relationship with Him
  • pursue wisdom and truth encouraged by a supportive academic culture
  • grow in the practice of virtue, responsible freedom and serving the common good.

We act with integrity in every aspect of our work and interactions in our constant pursuit of wisdom, truth and serving the Catholic mission.

We respect the dignity and intrinsic value of each person and are compassionate in all our relationships with a particular care for the disadvantaged and marginalised.

We strive to be a leading education provider in Australia, promoting excellence in teaching and learning outcomes across all our school communities.

Themes and initiatives

The initiatives contained in the Strategic Plan 2021 relate to three strategic themes:

  • Strong Catholic mission
  • Full-flourishing of each student
  • Leadership through stewardship and governance.

With this strategic plan, we commit to effective governance that ensures schools can achieve their mission of educating students for faith and life.

Strategic Plan 2021