Teaching in Catholic Schools

We understand that learning is enhanced when teachers work within a positive culture that values learning and the human person.

Our teachers strive to engage students, cater for their individual differences, and aim towards identified learning outcomes.



Registration as a teacher in Victoria
All teachers in Victoria must hold current teacher registration through the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) whether you work in the Catholic, government or independent sector. The VIT’s role is to maintain high standards of professional practice for teacher registered in Victoria and to support teachers to meet those standards.

For more information, visit the VIT website www.vit.vic.edu.au.


Working with Children Check

Passing a Working with Children (WWC) Check is a legal requirement for everyone in Victoria doing paid or voluntary child-related work who does not qualify for an exemption.

For more information visit www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au.


Accreditation to teach in a Catholic school

Read about accreditation requirements in the Accreditation tab (above) and how to obtain accreditation.


Accreditation to Teach in a Victorian Catholic school

The CECV requires teachers in Victorian Catholic schools to be accredited in line with policies:

CECV Policy 1.6 Accreditation to Teach in a Catholic School is designed for secondary teachers not teaching Religious Education and specialist primary teachers not teaching in the classroom, see Accreditation to Teach in a Catholic school below.


CECV Policy 1.7 Accreditation to Teach Religious Education in a Catholic School is required for secondary teachers of Religious Education and all primary classroom teachers, see Accreditation to Teach Religious Education in a Catholic school below.

Accreditation to teach in Victorian Catholic schools is required in addition to teacher registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). For more information about registration, see www.vit.vic.edu.au.

Accreditation to Teach in a Catholic School

Accreditation to Teach in a Catholic School is a means of assisting all teachers in Catholic schools to develop a deeper understanding, not only of the nature of the school as part of the Church's mission, but also of their roles as members of staff.

CECV Policy 1.6 requires that a minimum of fifty (50) hours of study be completed in stipulated areas. It provides possibilities for completion either through school-based, in-service activities, diocesan and regional seminars or formal courses.

Teachers entering Catholic education without being accredited to teach in a Catholic school are granted a five-year period from the commencement of employment to secure their accreditation. 

Applicants who meet the above criteria should use Accreditation Form A to apply for accreditation. Applicants must be currently teaching in a Catholic school, and will also need to provide a copy of their VIT registration. A certificate of accreditation will be issued by the CECV.

For further information read The Means of Accreditation to Teach in a Catholic School.

Accreditation to Teach Religious Education in a Catholic School

It is essential that religious educators in a Catholic school have appropriate and adequate knowledge of the Catholic faith, tradition and practice in order to teach diocesan guidelines and texts for religious education competently and contribute to students' growth in faith. (CECV Policy 1.7).

Registered teachers may be Accredited to Teach Religious Education in a Catholic School by applying under one of five categories outlined in the document The Means of Accreditation to Teach Religious Education in a Catholic School.

The key requirements for applicants are the successful completion of a formal course and its assessment, and satisfactory evidence of practical experience in teaching religious education in a classroom setting. When the criteria have been met, an application must be made using the application form for Accreditation to Teach Religious Education in a Catholic School (P–12).


Application to teach in a Catholic school – Accreditation Form A (CECV Policy 1.6)

Accreditation to teach Religious Education in a Catholic school P–12 – Accreditation Form B (CECV Policy 1.7)

For further information on accreditation, contact the Accreditation team at Catholic Education Melbourne who handle accreditation for all Victorian Catholic schools.


Benefits of working in a Catholic school

Professional learning

We recognise that continuing professional learning is an essential component of school improvement and staff development. Professional learning is also a major contributing factor towards improvement in student learning outcomes.

For these reasons there is a commitment to:

  • allocating resources to develop schools as learning communities

  • facilitating ongoing religious formation of staff to enhance the Catholic identity of our schools

  • advancing leadership enrichment opportunities

  • building capacity in all areas of teaching and learning

  • making available regular professional learning activities for Catholic school staff through the My Integrated Professional Learning System (My PL/IPLS) and providing information about programs delivered by external organisations.

By providing these opportunities we recognise that effective schools are learning communities where all staff are lifelong learners.

Teachers already working in Catholic education in Victoria can access information about professional learning opportunities via My PL (IPLS) on the Catholic Education Victoria Network (CEVN) intranet http://cevn.cecv.catholic.edu.au.


Leadership Opportunities

The Leadership Standards Framework (LSF) has been developed to guide the professional learning and development of aspiring leaders and to encourage teachers to move into leadership positions.

Effective school principals provide many opportunities for teachers to take up leadership roles and to learn from the experience. They provide their staff with stepping stones from the classroom to wider professional responsibilities and eventually, perhaps, to school principalship. The LSF aims to provide school leaders and teachers with examples of school life where teachers may lead and manage change.

Read more about the Leadership Standards Framework.

Leadership Standards Framework Website


Salary and Conditions

In Victoria, Catholic Education is covered by the Victoria Catholic Education Multi Enterprise Agreement (VCEMEA). Learn about the salary entitlements and provisions available to personnel working in Catholic Education in Victoria including:

  • Workload
  • Variation of hours
  • Salary assessments
  • Payment of salaries
  • Rates of pay
  • School holiday pay
  • Higher duties allowance
  • Long Service leave
  • Personal/Carer's leave
  • Family Leave – maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Superannuation contributions
  • and many other benefits available to Catholic schools' staff and Catholic Education Office personnel in Victoria.