Governance

Governance Structure

The committee structure contributes to the efficient and effective governance of the Brisbane Catholic Education and assists the organisation in discharging its responsibilities through transparency of decision-making and management of risk. All committees operate in accordance with their approved terms of reference. The following committees are established and operating:

Catholic Education Council

The Catholic Education Council is an advisory body that:

  • provides advice on the responsibilities, polices and priorities of Brisbane Catholic Education

  • monitors policy implementation in schools for which Brisbane Catholic Education is responsible and where appropriate, policy regarding religious education in Religious Institute schools

  • provides oversight to policies, procedures and systems to safeguard as sets, ensure accuracy and reliability of records and ensure adherence to Archdiocesan policies.

We would like to thank and recognise the valuable contribution of outgoing Chair Dr Mark Sayers who retired as Chair of the Catholic Education Council in 2018.

Catholic Education Finance Committee

The Catholic Education Finance Committee provides recommendations and advice in relation to the Archdiocesan community of schools. This includes recurrent, capital and special purpose funds administered through the Brisbane Catholic Education Centre whose financial responsibilities vary for parish and Archdiocesan schools.

The committee provides advice and guidance to Council and the Executive Director on financial strategy development, forward financial planning, budget policies and parameters and Finance Reporting frameworks and evaluates:

  • The strategic financial objectives and annual budgets of the Council;

  • The established and proposed priorities underpinning the objectives and budgets;

  • The parameters and assumptions supporting the objectives and budgets;

  • The short-term and long-term implications of the budget.

  • Further information and biographies of current and incoming members.

Information Steering Committee

The Information Steering Committee ensures an enterprise approach to ICT strategy and investment that supports delivery of Brisbane Catholic Education’s strategic objectives.

Learning Services Strategy Committee

The Learning Services Strategy Committee ensures an enterprise-wide and integrated approach to the development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the program of work arising from the Brisbane Catholic Education Strategic Plan 2017-20 priorities for Strong Catholic Identity and Excellent Learning and Teaching.

Risk Management Steering Committee

The Risk Management Steering Committee provides oversight, coordination and evaluation of matters relating to enterprise-wide risk management.

School Development Committee

The School Development Committee provides proactive, responsive and strategic advice for property provision, acquisition, construction and attribute change for proposed new and existing schools.

Managing risks, assurance and compliance

The Brisbane Catholic Education takes a balanced approach to risk management to ensure systematic identification, analysis, recording and reporting of risks and opportunities important to the achievement of our strategic objectives. An internal assurance function operates to facilitate continual learning and improvement. Internal Assurance conducts scheduled reviews of prioritised risk areas and key activities.

Recognising that strong compliance management is necessary to achieve our future aspirations, in 2018 Brisbane Catholic Education continued to strengthen and promote a culture of compliance.