In general a Catholic Secondary College in Victoria is far more independent than in NSW. There is a different interpretation of the notion of subsidiarity.
In a NSW Diocesan school Federal and State recurrent funding is paid to the Diocese not the school staff salaries are paid by the Diocese. Schools are given a staffing formula and required to staff the school according to this formula. Additionally schools still pay an annual levy to the CEO. In Victoria this grant funding is paid directly to the school and the school pays its own salaries.
In NSW Principals Award is a part of the same award as the teaching and support staff the IEU represents principals in the same or similar manner to primary principals in Victoria. Secondary Principals in Victoria have a separate Award / Determination providing a clearer separation between secondary principal and other school employees.Through the more centralised model in NSW functions such as HR, compliance and VET courses are overseen and monitored by the diocese. This places more responsibility on the Diocese for these school matters.
My personal view is that given the population base of Australia and the significant number of students who move states in their years of education there is a strong case for having national education in preference to state based education.
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