Priority Items

Registrations Open- “Dangerous Ideas” Symposium – Vocational Education & Training (VET) (Ref: 067/22)

Catholic Schools NSW is facilitating the “Dangerous Ideas” Symposium – which will give focus to Vocational Education & Training (VET) delivered to Secondary Students.

This event will bring together key industry and Catholic school leaders, system educators, VET trainers and career practitioners to discuss current issues and opportunities surrounding VET in NSW Catholic schools.

The symposium seeks to discuss how to best extend and improve educational pathways, opportunities, and outcomes currently available to secondary students.

The event is hosted by Catholic Schools New South Wales and CSSA, a division of Catholic Schools New South Wales.

Who should attend: Principals, School Leadership, Post-School Pathways Coordinators, VET Coordinators, Career Practitioners and Stage 5-6 Year Coordinators.

Date:  Friday 20 May 2022

Time:  8.30am-4:30pm

Location: Sydney Masonic Centre – 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney. The location is close to Museum train station and secure parking stations.

The symposium can be recorded as 6.5 hours NESA Elective PD addressing the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:

  1. 7.4.2 Participate in professional and community networks and forums to broaden knowledge and improve practice
  2. 6.3.2 Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice.

Register here

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For further information contact  0412 151 953

Results Analysis Package (RAP) Online Professional Learning (Ref: 082/22)

Catholic Schools New South Wales is partnering with NESA to explore the function and application of RAP to improve student HSC outcomes.

Tuesday 3 May 2022 1.30-3.30 PM via Microsoft Teams (Registration CLOSES Friday 29 April

There will be two sessions run concurrently on 3 May:

Session 1: Understanding the Results Analysis Package (RAP)
Session 2: Results Analysis Package (RAP) for Experienced Users

Tuesday 2 August 2022: 1.30-3.00 PM via Microsoft Teams

Session 3: Using NESA Standards to Improve Student HSC Outcomes

If you are interested in participating in these sessions, please register here.

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For further information contact Gary Molloy:


Use of Animals for Teaching and Research Purposes- 2022 Animal Research Authority form to complete (Ref: 092/22)

The use of animals in schools for educational purposes is governed by the Animal Research Act 1985 (NSW). Catholic Schools NSW meets a requirement of this Act by issuing an Animal Research Authority to each school annually.

Completing the Animal Research Authority form:

Accompanying this advice is the annual Animal Research Authority for the Principal and teachers who use animals to complete and retain within the school. Both pages of the Authority need to be completed. The names of teachers approved by the Principal to handle animals should be listed on the second page of the Authority, along with each teacher’s signature.

The Animal Welfare Liaison Officer, appointed by the principal, must also be identified. The Principal is the Animal Welfare Liaison Officer in Schools for Specific Purposes, in primary and infants schools. In central and secondary schools, it is generally the teacher most qualified to supervise the use of animals for teaching and research purposes. A full description on the role of the Animal Welfare Liaison Officer can be found at Animals in Schools>Compliance>Responsibilities, accessible here.

The information on page two of the Animal Research Authority must be updated when changes in personnel occur at the school. The Animal Research Authority must be retained at the school and made available to appropriately authorised people including Catholic Schools NSW representatives, inspectors from the NSW Department of Primary Industries Animal Welfare Unit and officers involved with, and members of, the Schools Animal Care and Ethics Committee.

Catholic Schools NSW has been issued the renewal certificate of accreditation, pursuant to Part 4, Division 2 of the Animal Research Act 1985 (NSW) (the Act) and is a record that authorises the accreditation holder to operate as an Animal Research Establishment. The certificate is valid until 18 April 2025.

If you require further information about the Animal Research Authority or the Animal Research Establishment, please contact Gerard Delany via email, 

The Animal Research Authority form: 2022-23 Animal Research Authority Catholic Schools New South Wales Signed

View the Catholic Schools New South Wales renewal certificate of accreditation: Animal Research Establishment Catholic Schools New South Wales 2022-2025



Employment Opportunities

Position Available- Executive Director, Council of Catholic School Parents (CCSP) (Ref: 093/22)


  • Lead a unique, volunteer-driven organisation
  • Sydney CBD location, workplace flexibility considered
  • Attractive salary based on experience

The Organisation

The Council of Catholic School Parents NSW/ACT (CCSP) is a private association and incorporated entity established by the Bishops of NSW/ACT.

The primary purpose of the Council is to provide leadership, advocacy and support to parents of Catholic school students in NSW/ACT, and to represent their interests at state and national levels.

CCSP is seeking an experienced and driven educator and senior executive to lead and take forward the organisation. The Executive Director is supported by the CCSP Secretariat and other office staff.

The Role

Reporting to the Chair of CCSP and members of the management committee, the Executive Director will provide leadership by working strategically and collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, including the CCSP Secretariat, Catholic Schools NSW (Catholic Schools New South Wales), Department of Education NSW; and Catholic Education school authorities.

You will provide a broad range of advice and respond on behalf of CCSP to all levels of government and political parties, education authorities within and outside the Catholic sector and individual parents.

As well as responsibility for the sound financial management of the CCSP Secretariat, you will be responsible for managing staff of the Secretariat and ensuring their professional development.

You will represent CCSP in various forums, committees, taskforces and other working parties relating to education at national and state level and within the Catholic sector.

The role is a permanent, full-time position based in Sydney CBD. For the right candidate, consideration may be given to flexible working arrangements. Some travel will be required throughout NSW from time to time.

About You

Key to this role is your extensive leadership and strategic planning skills, education background, and understanding of the unique characteristics of not-for-profit organisations.

Specifically, as the successful candidate you will ideally meet the following Key Requirements:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications (e.g. Education, Business, Politics) and/or equivalent experience
  • Strong empathy with the goals and purposes of Catholic education
  • An appreciation of and active commitment to Catholic life and practice
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of running a not-for-profit organisation, in particular, the peculiarities of a volunteer-based organisation
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of the broad educational environment at state and national levels; Catholicity in terms of diocesan and religious institute structures; and the political structure and responsibilities of governments at state and national levels
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication, persuasive negotiation, presentation and research skills; and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and establish and maintain positive stakeholder relationships
  • Ability to synthesise large amounts of information to understand complex policy issues
  • Demonstrated ability to manage time and workload
  • Strong IT skills

If you meet the above Key Requirements and want to lead an organisation that is the voice of Catholic school parents, then we would love to hear from you!

Enquiries and Application Process

For a confidential discussion about this opportunity and to obtain a copy of the Position Description please contact Nevine Piperides at REACH Human Resources on 0418 698 327.

Applications should include a brief Cover Letter and Resume. Your Cover Letter must include how your skills, knowledge, experience and personal attributes align with the Key Requirements of the role (as outlined above).

Applications are to be sent directly to Nevine at

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed and shortlisted (if suitable) as they are received.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake a Working with Children Check and National Police Check.


School Newsletter

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference - 2022 Federal Election Statement (Ref: 091/22)

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has  released its statement for the upcoming federal election. It takes the theme “Towards a Better Kind of Politics” from Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Fratelli Tutti.

While not endorsing political parties, the document identifies some key issues that the bishops believe voters should consider before deciding which candidates or parties to support. The statement was prepared with reference to the key principles of Catholic Social Teaching, which are outlined in the statement.

Access the full election statement here: Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Election Statement 2022

Access the media statement here: Media Statement- Federal Election

The media release and a link to the statement is also available here:


Road Safety Education - Bus Safety campaign for Term 2 (Ref: 090/22)

With students heading back to school for Term 2 and an increase in young people commuting, it is a good time to remind students and parents about the importance of bus safety.

Transport for NSW has just released its Bus Safety campaign material for schools, which can be found here.