Grants Allocation Committee (Targeted Programs)


Voting members (9)


CECV Director

Ms Audrey Brown (Chairperson)

Two nominated representatives appointed by each of the Directors of Catholic Education in the dioceses of Ballarat, Sandhurst and Sale (6 in total)

Mr Leigh Mitchell
Ms Julie Duynhoven
Mr Michael Hopkinson
Mr Paul Velton
Mr Martin Keogh
Mr Ben Higgins

Director Catholic Education Services, Catholic Education Melbourne

Mr Paul Sharkey

Director (CF) Finance, Human Resources & Administration, Catholic Education Melbourne

Mr David Wilkes

One nominated representative appointed by Catholic Religious Australia (Victoria)

Ms Shirley Gauci

Non voting members (1)


Manager Learning Diversity, Catholic Education Melbourne and Executive Officer, GACTA

Ms Judy Connell

Terms of Reference

  1. Establishment
    The CECV Grants Allocation Committee Targeted Programs (GAC)TP) was established by the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV) in 2008. The committee is responsible to the CECV Board.
  2. Functions and responsibilities
    The GAC(TP) is established as the CECV’s approved authority for the receipt and distribution of its targeted program grants to systemically funded primary and secondary schools. It is responsible for:
    • determining the distribution model (including program central costs and diocesan office distributions and service level agreement charges as to whether the program is statewide or based on a diocesan share calculation and:
      • if applicable, determining and calculating ‘diocesan share percentage’ which is used to allocate total Victorian school funding for a particular targeted program grant, after deduction of agreed school ‘central costs’, across the four Victorian dioceses. The diocesan share percentage calculation may vary according for each grant
      • For those targeted program grants which are allocated to diocesan offices or are diocesan share based targeted programs, each diocesan office is responsible for their own management of the program funds and its adherence to government accountabilities
      • minimising administrative costs associated with the distribution of government funding in order to maximise the proportion of government funding that reaches schools and students.
    • ensuring that the CECV meets its accountability obligations on a timely basis to government and other stakeholders with regard to the provision of targeted funding to schools
    • ensuring the distribution of targeted recurrent grants to systemic schools is regularly reviewed and amended, to best achieve the objectives of the CECV and ensure that targeted funds are distributed to schools accurately and efficiently
    • ensuring that a responsible person in each diocesan office is allocated to each of the CECV targeted programs to manage its operations, including government educational accountabilities and that the nominated responsible person is fully aware of their responsibility to the Committee
    • reviewing recommendations, initiatives and procedures on submission by the relevant manager or working group of a targeted program requesting additional support from GAC(P) and/or GAC(S) that is not funded (excludes those funded from a diocesan share allocation)
    • monitoring the status of targeted programs grant actual versus budgeted financial results at least four times per annum
    • working to ensure that Catholic schools are resourced to meet the needs of the Catholic community in line with Australian and Victorian government goals and targets
    • conducting an annual risk assessment of the Committee's processes and objective and reporting the assessment outcomes to the CECV Board
    • ongoing monitoring of the Committee's risks and reporting the status of proposed risk treatments to the CECV Audit Risk Committee regularly in accordance with the CECV Risk Management Policy.