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Catholic Schools New South Wales Employment Opportunity - State Manager, Aboriginal Education (Ref: 82/21)

State Manager, Aboriginal Education – Permanent Full-time

Applications close 5pm Tuesday 30 March 2021 (unless closed earlier).

About the Company

Catholic Schools NSW (Catholic Schools New South Wales) represents NSW Catholic schools and their owners to the media, government, and other education sector stakeholders. Catholic Schools in NSW educate approximately one in five NSW students.

Under its Constitution, Catholic Schools New South Wales acts as the overarching entity for the purposes of advancing education and religion in Catholic schools in NSW and ensures that Catholic schools meet their compliance requirements and can measure their activities in such a way as to maximize the education and faith outcomes of students.  The company’s constitution is also backed by canonical mandates of delegation from each of the 11 diocesan bishops in New South Wales who are also the members of the Company.

Employees of Catholic Schools New South Wales provide advice to Government, Catholic School Agencies and schools on the full range of educational policy and compliance drivers impacting contemporary NSW schooling.

About the Role

Catholic Schools New South Wales is seeking a State Manager, Aboriginal Education. This position is permanent full-time.

The State Manager, Aboriginal Education will lead the implementation of the Catholic Schools New South Wales Aboriginal Education Strategy.

Reporting to the Director of Education Policy you will:

  1. Manage Aboriginal programs on behalf of Catholic Schools New South Wales and assist with the administration of Aboriginal education related initiatives.
  2. Provide high level policy advice to Catholic Schools New South Wales in relation to state and federal policy development.
  3. Represent the Catholic sector on relevant state and federal government committees and working groups.
  4. Maintain relevant state-wide educational accountability systems, including the monitoring and reporting on Catholic schools’ progress in meeting COAG’s Closing the Gap targets related to school attendance, literacy, numeracy, transitioning and retention to Year 12.
  5. Act as the Chair and/or Executive Officer of relevant Catholic Schools New South Wales Reference Groups and Working Parties.
  6. Identify opportunities for enhancing the involvement of NSW Catholic schools in Aboriginal education related initiatives and strategies.
  7. Develop strong collegial relationships with diocesan Catholic School Agencies and the individual Catholic schools run by the various Religious Institutes and Public Juridic Persons (RI/MPJPs).
  8. Maintain and develop appropriate communication and information networks with the NSW Educational Standards Authority, ACARA, AECG, NSW Aboriginal Lands Council, NCEC, AITSL and other relevant agencies both the state and national level.
  9. Provide advice in relation to the NSW Curriculum and implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History and Culture cross-curricular priority.

About You

To be the successful candidate, you will need to:

  1. Hold a current and valid Working with Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012.
  2. Be a person of Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander descent who identifies as an Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander and is accepted as such by the community in which he or she lives. (Consistent with Section 14D of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977).
  3. Relevant degree/academic qualifications in education or related field.
  4. At least 5 years experience in a similar role, delivering Aboriginal education programs and related teacher professional development.
  5. Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the NSW Curriculum.
  6. Comprehensive understanding of practices and trends in general education and Aboriginal education in particular.
  7. Demonstrated involvement with Aboriginal Education and with Aboriginal community(ies).
  8. Empathy with and support for the mission, ethos and beliefs of Catholic schools and the communities they serve.
  9. Demonstrated capacity to manage financial and grant program contractual requirements.
  10. Strategic program planning skills, including capacity to develop program implementation advice.
  11. Superior understanding and use technologies to maximise efficiencies and minimise risk.
  12. Highly developed administrative and organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously while maintaining quality and meeting timeframes.
  13. Excellent communication and relational skills and ability to work in a diverse multidisciplinary team.

Join our team!

Applications for the position should include:

  • A cover letter explaining why you are interested in the role and briefly describe your skills, experience and capabilities to undertake this role (maximum 2 pages).
  • Curriculum Vitae.

Applications to be emailed to the Human Resources Manager  Applications close 5pm Tuesday 30 March 2021 (unless closed earlier).

You must have the legal right to work in Australia.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Applicants can also apply through:

  • Catholic Jobs Online

  • SEEK

  • Koori Mail Schools New South Wales-WEB-AD-MARCH211.pdf

Applications for School Crossing Supervisors closing soon! (Ref: 83/21)

The NSW School Crossing Supervisor program is designed to enhance the road safety of infants and primary school students. School crossing supervisors help students use the crossings on roads adjacent to or nearby schools and manage the traffic flow around schools. Catholic schools may be eligible for a crossing supervisor through the latest round of the NSW Government’s $18.5 million program. However, applications are closing soon! School principals are encouraged to peruse the eligibility criteria and submit an application to the Centre for Road Safety by Friday, 26 March 2021.

HAVE YOUR SAY on the English & Maths draft K–2 outcomes & content (Ref: 084/21)

As part of the NSW Curriculum Reform process, NESA has released the English and Mathematics K–2 draft outcomes and content for consultation. NESA is inviting feedback on the outcomes and content until April 30. Your feedback will inform the development of the new syllabuses.

The outcomes and content can be accessed here via the Catholic Schools New South Wales Curriculum Reform Hub.

Please access the Catholic Schools New South Wales Curriculum Reform Hub for all NESA updates and resources.

Establishment of Careers NSW (Ref: 085/21)

Students, graduates and adults will soon have access to tailored career advice through the establishment of Careers NSW, a new service announced by the NSW Government.

When fully operational, Careers NSW will provide a wrap-around service to:

  • connect people to accessible and quality career guidance
  • advise on educational pathways and qualifications that match people to the skills they need to be employed faster

Media Release


HSC Analysis – Working with Student Groups (Ref: 079)

Catholic Schools New South Wales highlights two powerful tools to assist in the process of analysing HSC results. The document below discusses how the Results Analysis Package (RAP) and Catholic Schools New South Wales HSC Analysis Project (DeCourcy) uses groups as a means of digging deeper into the data.

Click here for a description of how this can be done.

AEDC Teacher and School Packs (Ref: 080/21)

The 2021 AEDC data collection starts in Term 2. Schools will receive their School Leader and Teacher packs in the mail shortly, to assist in their preparation and planning for the AEDC.

If your school hasn’t received your packs by the end of March please contact the AEDC Helpdesk –

The AEDC 2021 NSW list of key dates for schools can be found here

Further information about the 2021 AEDC data collection can be found here

SAVE THE DATE Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Education NSW State Conference 2022 (Ref: 074/21)

The next Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Education NSW State Conference will be held in 2022, from 11-13 October 2022 (SAVE THE DATE).

Catholic Schools NSW and Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta look forward to welcoming you to what will be a very special gathering and journey on the land of the Darug and Gundungurra people.

Catholic School Liturgies and Music Copyright (Ref: 075/21)

The Australian Pastoral Musicians Network (APMN) has recently sought to provide Catholic education directors across Australia with advice on Catholic school liturgies and music copyright. The APMN advice relates to whether schools can rely on their APRA AMCOS licences for the use of music in any religious activity or service. This is a longstanding matter that has been the subject of numerous exchanges over the last few years. Urgent advice on this matter has been sought from the National Copyright Unit, which is the national body representing all Australian schools sectors with respect to copyright issues.

The National Copyright Unit and their legal advisers, Minter Ellison, are preparing a response on this matter. When further advice about this matter is available, an update will be shared. In the meantime, further information can be sought from the Catholic Schools New South Wales Legal Hotline on 1800 4Catholic Schools New South Wales (1800 427 679).


Professional Learning

Let’s talk about…Principal Wellbeing (Ref: 068)

Thursday 25 March 9.30-10.30 (One session only)

Principals are invited to a one-hour session with Andrew Fuller, Clinical Psychologist, in the Zoom room to talk about setting themselves up for ‘wellbeing success’. Last year the series was incredibly well received and Catholic Schools NSW has made the decision to continue to support this initiative throughout 2021.

To register follow the two-step process below:

Step 1:  (if you have not already been to the Catholic Schools New South Wales dashboard)

Step 2:

For access issues please contact

For any other information please contact Mary Ryan or 0409606437



Catholic Schools New South Wales Sector NCCD Cross Moderation Training (Ref: 077/21)

Audience: Participants from systemic and non-systemic Catholic schools and offices across NSW including staff in schools (teachers, school counsellors, middle leaders) and diocesan office staff working in the area of disability.

Registration: Separate registration links for each event will be sent to disability contacts in RI/PJP schools and Catholic School Offices prior to end-of-term.


Tuesday 4 May

  • Whole day, face-to-face event (9 am – 3 pm)
  • Sydney Masonic Centre (sorry no remote access available – please refer to Thursday 6 May webinar repeat)
  • Agenda for the day will include
      • Session 1: NESA Curriculum options for Students with Disability (presented by Marina Laing)
      • Session 2: Imputed Disability focus – Base Line Moderating Activities
      • Session 3: Imputed Disability Focus – Cross Moderating Activities


90-minute sessions via video conference, with large group forum participation and small break-out rooms for baseline moderation activities and cross moderation of self-nominated school case studies.

  • Thursday 6 May: 3pm to 4:30pm – Imputed Disability Focus (repeat of session 2 and 3 from Tuesday 4 May)
  • Monday 10 May: 3pm to 4:30pm – Physical Category Focus
  • Wednesday 12 May: 8:30am to 10am and 3pm to 4:30pm (2 repeat sessions) – Mental Health Category Focus
  • Thursday 13 May: 3pm to 4:30pm – Sensory Category Focus
  • Tuesday 18 May: 8:30am to 10am and 3pm to 4:30pm (2 repeat sessions) – Autism Category Focus
  • Thursday 20 May: 8:30am to 10am and 3pm to 4:30pm (2 repeat sessions) – Cognitive Category Focus

Further information on all session please contact


School Newsletter

Educational resources to help Australians remember (Ref: 78/21)

Schools and community groups around the nation will soon start receiving educational materials and creative resources to help commemorate Anzac Day.

Media Release

68th Annual RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC Commemoration (Ref: 51/21)

The RSL & Schools Remember ANZAC Commemoration is coordinated by the Returned and Services League of Australia (NSW), the NSW Department of Education, Catholic Schools NSW and the NSW Association of Independent Schools.

In 2021 the RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC Commemoration will be held virtually due to the ongoing health pandemic, this however will allow students to still honour the service and sacrifice of our servicemen and women.

A video will be produced of the service which will be available for your school to play to students the week of ANZAC Day, Monday 19 to Friday 23 April 2021. This virtual service will be approximately 30 minutes long.

The interactive components will include the opportunity for a student to recite The Ode and also for a floral tribute to be laid locally. More information on how this can be incorporated during the service will be sent with the video.

We ask that you please register your schools’ interest in receiving the video by providing your details via the following link by 26 March 2021.

Please use this link to register

Distribution of the video will occur by 19 April 2021.

Please contact Gerard Delany (State Manager – Education Policy and Program) of this office ( or phone 02 9287 1549 if you have questions/advice.