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Our schools are places where the Good News is proclaimed, and students grow in the knowledge and understanding of Christ and his teaching.

This Catholic character offers students and their families a human formation that has the intellectual, practical and moral excellence of learners at its heart.

In this important work our dedicated school leaders, teachers and staff are supported by the leaders and staff of Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS). They are also supported by parents, parishes, religious institutes and the wider school community.

As a Catholic organisation, the person and teachings of Jesus Christ, as presented in the gospels and proclaimed by the Church, are central to our vision, mission and values. Founded in Christ and sustained by faith, we seek to support schools to fulfil their mission of enabling each student to come into the fullness of their own humanity. This is a journey in hope and towards hope.

The implementation of the new governance arrangements is informed by a key document, Working Together in Mission.

Working Together in Mission

Working Together in Mission is a charter that outlines the roles and responsibilities of those who lead the shared work and mission of Catholic parishes and schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

Parish priests and principals hold distinctive roles of leadership in their parish and school communities. The charter defines their respective roles to ensure that the relationship between parish and school is strong and continues to provide the religious leadership necessary for the success of the mission.

Modern Slavery Statement

Prior to the new MACS governance arrangement, Catholic Education Melbourne took a series of steps towards achieving practical outcomes from our ethical procurement initiatives, such as:

  • replacing all the tea, coffee and drinking chocolate with a fair-trade brand
  • providing regular updates to schools on using fair-trade sports goods, uniforms etc.
  • insertion of a modern slavery clause in all tenders to make the procurement as ethical as possible.

This implementation aims to gain greater visibility of procurement and integrate ethical sourcing practices more broadly into these areas in the future.

Modern slavery is a multifaceted issue that requires a multifaceted approach. Catholic Education Melbourne put into place the following work streams in our targeted approach to ethical procurement supply chain mapping and spend analysis:

  • supplier engagement
  • modern slavery risk assessment
  • employee engagement and training
  • embedding of ethical procurement in our processes
  • compliance with and reporting against the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth)
  • thought leadership and advocacy: driving collaboration and best practice.
Download our 2020 Modern Slavery Statement.