• Publications 2012 Annual Report
  • Action Area 5 – Finance and Resources


    • Secure equitable and sustainable funding.

    • Ensure effective stewardship of resources.

    • Develop, implement and maintain support and enabling systems.

    • Provide accessible, affordable Catholic schools for all Catholic families.

    Read more about the Finance and Resources Strategic Direction. 

    The Catholic Education Office Melbourne (CEOM) provides services to schools including facilities management and the provision of mechanisms and support for schools to undertake their capital development through a number of initiatives.

    Facilities and Capital Development

    In 2012 the CEOM refocused on the activity associated with the Digital Education Revolution (DER), Trade Training Centres (TTC) in Schools Program, Supplementary Capital Fund-assisted projects and self-funded projects.

    Digital Education Revolution (DER)

    The aim of the Digital Education Revolution (DER) is to contribute sustainable and meaningful change to teaching and learning in Australian schools that will prepare students to live and work in a digital world. Under this program funds are available to assist secondary schools to achieve and maintain a ratio of one computer for every student (Years 9–12) through to 30 September 2013 and will cease on this date.

    In 2012 schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne expended approximately $9.2 million of DER funds for the purchase of computers, and $5.6 million of On-Costs funds for the effective deployment of machines under the program. All participating schools have reported an achievement of the one-to-one ratio.

    Trade Training Centres in Schools Program

    The Trade Training Centres (TTC) in Schools Program was introduced by the Australian Government in 2008. The aim of the Program is to provide $2.5 billion over 10 years to enable all secondary schools in Australia access to vocational training. Schools are able to apply for funding of between $500,000 and a maximum of $1.5 million for TTC capital projects.

    Round 5, Phase 1 of the TTC Program was opened on 30 November 2012, with shortlisted projects to be submitted to the Australian Government on 28 March 2013.

    The Australian Government Capital Program

    The Australian Government Capital Program assists schools in undertaking their capital development projects and operates on an annual basis. Schools submit their project proposals for consideration in December and the assessment and recommendations process is concluded by the following September.

    Marymede College 
    Marymede Catholic College, South Morang 


    Personal Story 

    Emmanuel Jakwot 

    Emmanuel Jakwot
    Year 12 Student
    St John's Regional College, Dandenong

    I came to Melbourne from Sudan as a 10-year-old not knowing much about Australia, its people, its culture or its sports. I have been at St John’s for the past six years and it has been a massive journey.

    St John’s has given me so much – encouragement from the teachers and peer support from the other students. The school has given me life skills that will help me long after I have finished my VCE and left the school. It’s been a great experience because the environment here is so different to Sudan.

    The education and the faith the school provides has helped me to grow as a person and has assisted my learning across a range of areas. Everyone has ups and downs and makes mistakes. The way to move forward is to learn from your mistakes.

    I had a sports teacher in Year 9 who was keen to get me to play Aussie Rules. I was playing basketball and soccer at the time and he kept urging me to take on the local sport. He said many good basketballers go on to be successful football players. It’s true to say I fell in love with footy and haven’t looked back. I’m training with the Southern Stingrays and wouldn’t mind a professional career in football. I’m doing my VCE and I would like a good result and a good career. I still haven’t decided what I want to do but we are constantly told that young people today will have numerous jobs over their lifetime.

    In 2012, six schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne were recommended to the Australian Government for funding totalling $8,325,000 under the Capital Grants Program (CGP), see table below.


    School Location Project Description Grant
    St Joseph's School Collingwood Demolition of buildings to reinstate playground. Refurbishment of administration and associated areas $535,000
    St Anthony's School Melton South Construction of a learning centre including general learning areas, associated areas and student amenities $1,730,000
    St Mary of the Cross Point Cook Construction on of Stage One works for new primary school including general learning areas, administration areas and external works $1,800,000
    Total Primary Allocation  $4,065,000 
    Marymede Catholic College South Morang Construction of VCE Classroom Wing including general learning areas and associated areas $2,100,000
    Kolbe Catholic College Greenvale Lakes Conversion to provide for general learning areas, music areas and associated areas $2,100,000
    Total Secondary Allocation  $4,200,000 
    St Paul's College Kew Construction of specialist outdoor playground area and associated works $   60,000
    Total Special Allocation  $   60,000 

    Supplementary Capital Fund (SCF)

    The Supplementary Capital Fund (SCF) is serviced by a per head capital levy on primary school students in the Archdiocese of Melbourne to assist primary schools with annual capital repayments for approved projects, and to assist with the establishment of new schools. This program runs on an annual basis.

    Under the Supplementary Capital Fund, 16 Catholic primary schools received just over $11 million in funding support for their capital projects, see table below.



    Project Cost $ 

    SCF Support $ 

    Variations to Previously Approved Projects:     
    Lynbrook, St Francis de Sales Catholic Primary School 700,000 581,360
    Ascot Vale, St Mary’s School 1,100,000 293,800
    Glen Iris, St Cecilia’s School 200,000 67,830
    Chelsea, St Joseph’s School 610,000 399,350
    New Schools:     
    Opening 2014:     
    Point Cook South East, St Mary of the Cross School 2,900,000 2,869,040
    Opened 2009:     
    Wyndham Vale, Our Lady of the Southern Cross School 3,120,000 2,186,230
    Mount Ridley, Mother Teresa School 210,000 167,892
    TOTAL NEW SCHOOLS    5,223,162 
    Existing Schools:     
    Boronia, St Joseph’s Primary School 1,600,000 1,009,390
    Mulgrave, St John Vianney’s School 2,000,000 660,710
    Drysdale, St Thomas Primary School 900,000 221,790
    Kyneton, Our Lady of the Rosary School 1,500,000 835,150
    Manifold Heights, Holy Spirit Parish School 1,200,000 478,140
    Ringwood, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School 1,600,000 281,900
    Kealba, St Paul’s Kealba Catholic School 997,000 196,390
    Ocean Grove, Our Lady Star of the Sea School 1,764,000 383,490
    Mount Evelyn, St Mary’s School 800,000 442,060
    TOTAL EXISTING SCHOOLS    4,509,020 
    GRAND TOTAL    11,074,522 

    Master Planning Support

    The CEOM Framework Learning Centred Schools: A Sacred Landscape continued to be a key document guiding the development of school learning spaces by highlighting the importance of connecting pedagogical practice and the physical environment.

    Catholic Leadership Centre (CLC)

    The construction phase of the new purpose-built Catholic Leadership Centre was completed in November 2012. The completed conference facility includes 45 hotel accommodation units, 2 large lecture halls, 10 teaching / seminar spaces, a 400-seat dining facility and cutting edge technologies to support the delivery of its programs.

    Catholic Leadership Centre, East Melbourne 

    Moonlight Head

    In 2012 the CEOM successfully applied for a rezoning of pockets of land at the Moonlight Head property to allow for development of the land for a Rural Learning Campus. The zoning change provides the opportunity, subject to planning permission, to operate the property as one or more school camp facilities in the future.


    Portable Classrooms

    In 2012 the CEOM administered 102 relocatable classrooms to assist schools in catering for enrolment growth, see table below.


    Location School

    Number of Classrooms 

    Aspendale St Louis De Montfort’s School 5
    Caroline Springs Christ the Priest Catholic Primary School 3
    Caroline Springs Catholic Regional College Caroline Springs 6
    Crib Point St Joseph’s School 2
    Dandenong St Mary’s School 1
    Deer Park St Peter Chanel School 1
    Drysdale St Ignatius College Geelong 15
    Gladstone Park School of the Good Shepherd 2
    Hillside Cana Catholic Primary School 4
    Hoppers Crossing North St James’ the Apostle School 1
    Kilmore St Patrick’s Primary School 6
    Lalor West St Catherine’s School 2
    Lancefield St. Mary's School 2
    Manifold Heights Holy Spirit Parish School 3
    Mooroolbark St Peter Julian Eymard 4
    New Gisborne Holy Cross Primary School 1
    Point Cook Lumen Christ School 11
    Roxburgh Park Good Samaritan Catholic Primary School 14
    Sorrento St Joseph’s School 1
    South Morang Marymede Catholic College 10
    Sydenham Emmaus Catholic Primary School 6
    Tarneit Rise Proposed New School 2
    TOTAL     102 

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