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  • Action Area 5 – Finance and Resources


    Infrastructure and Capital Funding

    The Infrastructure and Capital Funding team supports schools to undertake their capital development by providing mechanisms for the allocation of capital grants, such as:

    • Capital Grants Program
    • Digital Education Revolution (DER)
    • Trade Training Centres (TTC) in Schools Program
    • Supplementary Capital Fund-assisted projects
    • self-funded projects.

    Australian Government Capital Grants Program

    The Australian Government Capital Grants Program is available to assist schools in undertaking their capital development projects and operates on an annual basis. The Government has extended this funding through to 2017.

    In 2013 three new schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne were successful in receiving funding support totalling $4 million under the Capital Grants Program.

    School Name Location Project Description Proposed Grant Allocation
    St Paul the Apostle Catholic School Doreen Construction of Stage 1 of a new school on a green field site. Works include general purpose learning areas, administration and associated spaces. $1,400,000
    St Clare's Catholic Primary School Truganina Construction of Stage 1 of new school on a green field site. Works to include general learning areas and associated staff and student spaces. $1,300,000
    St John the Apostle Catholic Primary School Tarneit Rise Construction of Stage 1 of a new school on a green field site $1,300,000
    Total     $4,000,000

    Digital Education Revolution

    The aim of the Digital Education Revolution (DER) program was to contribute sustainable and meaningful change to teaching and learning in Australian schools that would prepare students to live and work in a digital world. This program concluded for schools in September 2013 and culminated in the submission of the Final Program report by Catholic Capital Grants (Victoria) Ltd to the Australian Government in December 2013.

    Supplementary Capital Fund

    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 including the establishment of new schools. This program runs on an annual basis.

    In 2013 under the SCF, 19 Catholic primary schools received just over $16.2 million in funding support for their capital projects.

    School Name Location Level of SCF Support
    St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Catholic Parish Primary School Epping North $1,973,550
    St Paul the Apostle Catholic Primary School Doreen $2,945,000
    St John the Apostle Catholic Primary School Tarneit Rise $2,845,000
    St Clare's Catholic Primary School Truganina $3,200,000
    Our Lady of Perpetual Help School Ringwood $435,248
    St Joseph's Primary School Boronia $98,016
    Holy Cross Primary School New Gisborne $40,900
    St Paul's School Monbulk $168,812
    School of the Good Shepherd Gladstone Park $461,554
    Our Lady of the Assumption School Cheltenham $547,740
    St Mary's School Whittlesea $617,110
    St Bernard's School Coburg East $74,050
    St Anne's School Sunbury $139,780
    St Mary's School Thornbury $374,900
    Our Lady of Perpetual Succour School Surrey Hills $457,230
    St Joseph's School Sorrento $997,966
    St Louis de Montfort's School Aspendale $477,630
    Corpus Christi School Kingsville $350,100
    Total   $16,204,586

    Personal Story 

    Action Area 5 

    Tony Hirst
    Emmaus College, Vermont South

    In 2013 Emmaus College won the Building Designers Association of Victoria Award for Best Conversion of a Public Building for the total refit of our school’s 22-year-old school hall into the Bill Holligan Performing Arts Centre, a modern 300-seat auditorium with a performance area, drama and dance room, and gallery.

    Renovations were done in tandem with other significant building works to effectively create a completely new look and structure. We had a strict and limited budget to accommodate a range of ambitious improvements to the existing building, so planning was critical to make the best use of funds. We enjoyed terrific support from the Catholic Education Office Melbourne, the Archbishop’s Planning Building and Finance Committee, and the Catholic Development Fund. Credit goes to the architects and builders (EM Building and Design, and ADCO Constructions) for their innovative and high quality results with a very strict budget.

    It is hard to believe the construction took just five months from start to finish, with minimal disruption to our classes, despite the site being right in the middle of the school grounds. The judges described the end result as being ‘dramatically different, innovative and modern’. Considering the cost and amount of work that goes into renovating an older building, especially of this size, most people can’t believe what we achieved for little more than $2 million, on time and on budget.

    The entire school community has benefited from this fabulous new Performing Arts Centre. The conversion has realised a dream for the school because although we’ve always had an excellent reputation for our performing arts program, we’ve never had a dedicated space to showcase the talents of our students. The facility is now the proud centrepiece of our school community.

    Trade Training Centres in Schools

    The Trade Training Centres (TTC) in Schools program was introduced by the Australian Government in 2008 to support the development of school facilities to provide for vocational education and training. Catholic Capital Grants (Victoria) Ltd submitted the shortlisted school project proposals to the Australian Government under Round 5, Phase 1 of the program in March 2013. There were three projects in the Archdiocese of Melbourne that were successful in receiving funding support for their capital works.

    School Name Location Value of TTC funding
    St Mary's College for Hearing Impaired Students (Lead)
    Marymede Catholic College (Cluster)
    Wantirna South
    South Morang
    Penola Catholic College Broadmeadows $1,260,000
    St Monica's College Epping $1,000,000
    Total   $3,660,000

    Catholic Leadership Centre

    The Catholic Leadership Centre (CLC), a world class conference and learning facility for professional learning programs and executive courses to support Catholic education and key agencies, became operational in 2013 and was used by over 21,614 participants in the calendar year. The CLC features purpose-built learning spaces for contemporary adult learning, supported by the latest conferencing technology.

    CLC courtyard
    The Catholic Leadership Centre in East Melbourne became operational in 2013 

    Other initiatives

    • Master planning support: the master planning of schools continued to be an important process in enabling schools to plan their capital and facility development
    • Moonlight Head: in 2013 the CEOM continued with development of the property towards a Rural Learning Campus
    • relocatable classrooms: in 2013 the CEOM administered a pool of 102 relocatable classrooms to assist schools in catering for enrolment growth

    School Name Location No of Relocatable Classrooms
    St Louis De Montfort’s School Aspendale 5
    Christ the Priest Catholic Primary School Caroline Springs 3
    Catholic Regional College Caroline Springs Caroline Springs 6
    St Joseph’s School Crib Point 2
    St Mary’s School Dandenong 1
    St Peter Chanel School Deer Park 1
    St Ignatius College Geelong Drysdale 15
    School of the Good Shepherd Gladstone Park 2
    Cana Catholic Primary School Hillside 4
    St James the Apostle School Hoppers Crossing North 1
    St Patrick’s Primary School Kilmore 6
    St Catherine’s School Lalor West 2
    St Mary's School Lancefield 2
    Holy Spirit Parish School Manifold Heights 3
    St Peter Julian Eymard Mooroolbark 4
    Holy Cross Primary School New Gisborne 1
    Lumen Christi School Point Cook 11
    Stella Maris Catholic Primary School Point Cook West 2
    Good Samaritan Catholic Primary School Roxburgh Park 14
    St Joseph’s School Sorrento 1
    Marymede Catholic College South Morang 10
    Emmaus Catholic Primary School Sydenham 4
    Proposed New School (St John the Apostle Catholic Primary School) Tarneit Rise 2
    Total   102