The CECV acts as the overarching, strategic planning and policy-making body for the Catholic school system in Victoria.

The CECV has a strategic role in promoting and advocating for Catholic education. We act as the representative body of Catholic schools in Victoria with Australian and State governments, and other relevant organisations and agencies.

The CECV receives government grants and distributes these funds to schools. We also report to government on Catholic schools' use of these public funds in accordance with legislation.

The CECV has responsibility for the education of about 207,000 students within Victoria (2015 census) and is supported by the Catholic Education Offices of the four Dioceses: Melbourne, Ballarat, Sandhurst and Sale.



The CECV has established a number of committees to oversee its operations, provide regular reporting and policy advice.

The CECV supports Catholic schools in compliance with all requirements under relevant laws for their ongoing registration as schools in Victoria, including review and monitoring.

The CECV is committed to a best practice approach to the Victorian legislative reforms related to the protection of children. We have established a Child Safety Working Party to further support the development of policies and practices that enable Victorian Catholic schools to take a proactive role in the care, wellbeing and protection of children and young people.

Catholic schools in Victoria have programs and provide services to students and their families in the areas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student education, Anaphylaxis management, an Intervention Framework, New Arrivals program – English as an additional language, gifted students, referral services, specialised therapy and students with disability support.

The CECV coordinates enterprise bargaining processes and provides employee relations services to Catholic education providers across Victoria.

The CECV has undertaken projects to benefit and advance Catholic education in Victoria including the Enhancing Catholic Identity in Schools Project (ECISP) and the Integrated Catholic Online Network (ICON).

The CECV is committed to ensuring that all Catholic schools are as prepared as possible for dealing with emergencies including natural disasters and pandemics. The safety of students and staff is paramount. Every school has an emergency management plan that outlines responsibilities, procedures and actions in the event of an emergency.

The CECV collects and manages statistical data and information on Catholic education in Victoria.

CECV Stratagic Plan 2015-2019
CECV Strategic Plan




The CECV and the diocesan Catholic education offices maintain cooperative links with a wide range of educational bodies in Victoria and nationally.


Independent Schools Victoria (ISV)
Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)
Victorian Government Department of Education and Training (DET)
Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)
Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA)


Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)
Australian Government Department of Educatiom Skills and Employment
Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)
National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC)

Regular liaison occurs with both government and opposition parties at state and federal levels.