CaSPA News


New Presidents for Jurisdictions in 2018

Posted on 21 December 2017
New Presidents for Jurisdictions in 2018

Above: Adrian Drane has been elected incoming President for CPAT

We congratulate a number of our colleagues on their election to the postion of President in the jurisdictions for 2018.  In all there will be  5 incoming presidents:

  • Fran Bonnano
  • Denis Graham
  • Brian Schumacher
  • Adrain Drane
  • Chris Rooney

Below is a full list of Presidents and their contact details:







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Funding Opportunities - 20 Dec 2017

Posted on 20 December 2017
Funding Opportunities - 20 Dec 2017
1.     Community Safety Fund (NSW)
This program provides funding for community safety initiatives which will reduce crime and stamp out anti-social behaviour. Applications for up to $250,000 are invited for innovative projects designed to prevent crime and fear of crime and help people feel safe and proud of their community. Submissions involving established partnerships between individual schools and community organisations will be considered. Applications close 5pm 20 December 2017.

2.     Harcourts Foundation Grants
The Harcourts Foundation Grants support a specific event, project, item or initiative that helps, grows, and enriches communities where Harcourts have an office. Schools are eligible if they are a registered charity and hold both Tax Concessional and Deductible Gift recipient status. Applications close 31 December 2017.

3.     School Holiday Program, 10-12 January 2018 - Story Camp (VIC)
The Victorian State Library is offering a free school holiday workshop for 12 to 15 year olds (open to students from eligible schools). To be eligible for Story Camp, your school needs to have a value below 1000 on the Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA). See the website for details

4.     Sydney Motorway Corporation WestConnex Community Grant Scheme (NSW)
The Sydney Motorway Community Grant Scheme aims to support and deliver positive and lasting outcomes for communities located within close proximity to WestConnex. The community grants provide up to $10,000 to eligible community organisations to deliver initiatives providing a sustainable legacy with lasting benefits to the local economy, community or natural environment. Schools located in eligible suburbs can apply (see guidelines on the website). Applications close 3pm 5 January 2018.

5.     Rural Education Australia Program - REAPing Rewards
The Rural Education Australia Program is a flexible program that provides grants of up to $10,000 to not-for-profit community groups, early childhood service providers, and primary and secondary school community support committees.  Funds are for locally developed or locally driven ideas, projects and programs that directly enhance the educational outcomes for children and students (0-18 years) in remote, rural and regional communities. Applications close 15 January 2018.

6.     'Game of Drones' - 2018 Hermitage Research Facility Schools Plant Science Competition
All students from years prep to 12 in state, private or home schools across Australia are eligible to enter as class groups, in small teams or as individuals. The competition opens 22 January 2018 and closes 29 June 2018. For more information see the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website

7.     Indigenous Advancement Strategy Grant (IAS)
The Indigenous Advancement Strategy Grant (IAS) is the strategy through which the Australian Government funds and delivers a range of programmes specifically for Indigenous Australians. No closing date - ongoing.
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Risk Management - the issue of Asbestos in your School

Posted on 19 December 2017
Risk Management - the issue of Asbestos in your School
With electricians walking off the job at the Sydney Opera House after being exposed to potentially deadly asbestos fibres recently, we're reminded that those managing workplaces are legally responsible for protecting the health and safety of everyone using their facilities.

The negative media reports, the potential fines, and the health risks for those who come in contact with the deadly fibres, drive home the importance of proper hazardous materials management. So in this RiskED article, we look at CCI's new service that makes taking control of the situation easier than ever.

To simplify the process of hazardous materials management, CCI has partnered with Trinitas Group to offer clients a range of services including:
  • Asbestos Surveys
  • Asbestos Registers
  • Asbestos Register Reviews
  • Asbestos Management Plans
  • Collection and analysis of asbestos samples
  • Asbestos remediation
  • Asbestos air monitoring during asbestos remediation works
  • Asbestos clearance inspections and clearance certificates
  • All states and territories have acts and regulations outlining your school's, parish's or employer's responsibilities with regard to asbestos. Many also have codes of practice or compliance codes you need to address and hefty fines if you don't.
CCI and Trinitas Group can help you comply with your regulatory requirements. Whether you've never had your property inspected or you need an existing asbestos register reviewed, our partners, Trinitas Group have licenced, experienced professionals who make asbestos and hazardous material management simple.

Words from the wise

During our RiskEd series, we've brought in industry experts to share their knowledge on each topic. For this article, Denny Bolatti, General Manager, WHS & Occupational Hygiene at Trinitas Group, spoke to us about the services his company offers CCI clients, and about the changing attitudes to managing potentially deadly materials.

"What we've learnt by talking to the decision makers in the dioceses and archdioceses is that many organisations, such as parishes and schools have never had someone come out and complete a Hazardous Materials Survey. A lot of the time we hear, 'We haven't done one in the last 100 years, why should we do it now?'

"So we just start the discussion about what the legislation says (i.e. every five years the person in control of a workplace is required to carry out a Hazardous Materials Register review), and explain the benefits. It's a process.

"There are a few parts to the CCI service. The one that's been most popular so far is the Hazardous Materials Survey. It includes surveying properties for hazardous materials like asbestos, lead, polychlorinated biphenyl, and synthetic mineral fibres. We go onsite, we collect samples of materials, the samples go to a lab, they get analysed, and we put all those results into a register with photos for clients.

"One of the reasons why registers are mandatory is so contractors can go onsite and know exactly where the hazardous materials are located. They can look at the register and say that has asbestos in it, so we're not going to drill into that.

"Another service is our Hazardous Material Survey Reviews. Where a client already has a register, every five years we go onsite and make sure the materials that have been identified in their register are still in good condition.

"On top of surveys and survey reviews, Trinitas Group also provide a remediation service. For materials in poor condition, we organise remediation works. That means if any asbestos materials have been damaged, we organise for their removal or encapsulation, or whatever control method may be required.

"What CCI want to do in partnership with Trinitas Group, is to provide clients with a one-stop shop. We take them through the journey from initial survey to remediation, to providing them with an Asbestos Management Plan.

"We've been called out to a private school where carpenters were asked to pull down a few internal walls. The school didn't have a Hazardous Materials Register so they were never told the walls were made of asbestos. They started drilling into the walls not knowing they were going to be exposed to asbestos fibres. It wasn't until a builder with more experience said, 'Look, I think this wall is made from asbestos,' that they stopped the job. We turned up onsite, collected samples of the material and took it to the lab to get analysed. It was confirmed the material had asbestos fibres in it. We organised an asbestos removal company to clean up the area and make sure the fibres hadn't travelled to any adjoining rooms.

"Part of our role is to then undertake a clearance inspection. We have trained, licenced asbestos assessors who go in after removal works to make sure there is no more asbestos in the area, and then issue a clearance certificate.

"You've got students in schools, you've got teachers, you've got parents, and when they hear the word asbestos, they worry. Asbestos is a known risk, so it's extremely important, especially amongst Catholic schools, that they engage someone to complete a Hazardous Materials Survey. These types of situations have the potential to reach the media so there are reputational issues as well as serious health risks.

"CCI is very flexible with the delivery of the service. It can be staged over one or five years. We can also work around the client's timeframes as well as being considerate to their budgets."

If you're interested in our new Asbestos Management service, please visit our Services page or contact Helpdesk to make an appointment.

Want to know more?

For more information about managing asbestos at your school or college. We recommend:

Asbestos Hazard

Last year's RiskED article on asbestos

For more information about managing hazardous materials visit

For information about your specific legal requirements, visit the WorkSafe site of your state or territory
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CaSPA acknowledges/hopes for swift implementation - Royal Commission's Final Report

Posted on 18 December 2017
CaSPA acknowledges/hopes for swift implementation - Royal Commission's Final Report

Above: The Plaque in the Sorry Garden at St Patrick's College, Ballarat

CaSPA has welcomed the final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and as leaders of Catholic secondary schools all members of CaSPA are committed to work with Church leadership to review and respond to the recommendations from the Royal Commission.

As leaders of Catholic Secondary schools, we are committed to Child safety and ensuring wellbeing and safety of all students in our Catholic secondary schools.

Furthermore, CaSPA provides its total support to a number of its principals - such as John Crowley at St Patrick's Ballarat - who are actively working with survivors and spending countless hours involved in a journey of reconciliation with them. In many ways it is these current principals of Catholic Schools who are modeling to others in the Church how we can begin to redress the great tragedies that have occurred in the past.

The CaSPA Board of Directors will review the Royal Commission's Final Report and seek to promote change and redress, not only to CaSPA and its members but to the broader Church. We understand that this needs to be done with some urgency if the Catholic Church is to be seen as embracing the recommendations of the Royal Commission.

The CaSPA Board extends its apologies to the survivors of abuse and their families for the hurt and suffering which occurred in schools.
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Latest Releases on Vocational Education

Posted on 17 December 2017
Latest Releases on Vocational Education
Financial information 2016

This publication provides information on how public vocational education and training (VET) in Australia is financed and where the money is spent.

NCVER's strategic plan: 2017-20

NCVER's new strategic plan is based on the results of an extensive independent review, designed to ascertain how we are perceived and how our data and products are used.

Social media and student outcomes: teacher, student and employer views

Interviews with teachers, students and employers found that social media can help to improve student engagement and lead to more course completions; however, there were some concerns around its use.

Social media in VET courses: good practice guide

This good practice guide explores the types of social media being used in vocational education and training (VET) courses, the benefits and pitfalls of using social media in teaching and learning, as well as tips for incorporating into VET courses.

VET student outcomes 2017

This publication provides a summary of the outcomes of students who completed their vocational education and training in Australia during 2016, using data collected in mid-2017.

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