The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC or the Commission) is the official body charged by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference with developing, advising, enunciating and acting upon policy at the national level for the Church's work in education.
The NCEC is directly responsible to the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education.
The NCEC is the focal point for ongoing discussions and negotiations with the Australian Government and other national bodies involved in education.
The Commission is also a national forum for discussions and debate on significant matters of interest and concern to Catholic education in Australia. Responsibilities include:
The Commission was established in 1974 in response to the greatly increased activity of the Australian Government in school education policy and funding from the early 1970s, and to reflect the Bishops' wish for a national Catholic education policy forum at which the recently-established State and Territory Catholic Education Commissions could contribute more effectively to the national schooling debate.NCEC complements and supports at the national level the work of the State and Territory Catholic Education Commissions and seeks to build policy consensus among State and Territory Catholic education authorities, maintaining effective liaison with the Australian Government and its agencies, and advising the Bishops Conference.
One in five Australian children now attends a Catholic school. How Catholic schools conduct themselves, how they are funded, and how they pursue the highest ideals in terms of curriculum and pastoral care is therefore of profound significance for Australian society.The NCEC budget is raised principally from a levy on every student in an Australian Catholic school.
The NCEC office is located in central Sydney: Level 3, 156 Gloucester Street.
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