The Archbishop of Melbourne and the Bishops of Ballarat, Sandhurst and Sale established the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) in 1973 to support and advance Catholic education in Victoria.

In 2021, the Bishop-members of Catholic Education Commission Victoria Ltd. (CECV) commissioned an independent review into the role, governance and operations of CECV, including its shared secretariat with Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools. Through extensive consultation and feedback, the review panel identified a number of opportunities to strengthen CECV and enhance the support provided to the 500 Catholic schools in our/its growing network.

In their response to the review, the Bishops announced in October 2022, that the CECV would have a dedicated Executive Director, and establish its own secretariat with its own staff and resources. The CECV Implementation Committee was appointed in 2023 to implement the Bishops’ directives for the CECV and consider any other recommendations made by the review panel.

CECV Structure DiagramThe Archbishop of Melbourne and the Bishops of Ballarat, Sandhurst and Sale are the members of the CECV. The Board of the CECV comprises eight directors, including:

  • an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Melbourne
  • the Executive Director of MACS
  • the Business Manager of the Archdiocese of Melbourne
  • the directors of Catholic education offices in the dioceses of Ballarat, Sale and Sandhurst
  • a Catholic priest
  • a representative involved in Catholic education.


Company Members of the CECV


Directors of the CECV Board

Board & Committees

Board & Committees

The CECV Board guides and monitors the business of the CECV and is responsible for the overall corporate governance including:

overseeing regulatory compliance
ensuring that the CECV upholds Church laws
ensuring that appropriate, adequate and effective systems of risk management and internal control are established and maintained
charting the overall strategy and direction of the CECV – including setting, monitoring and reviewing strategic, financial and operational plans and determining matters relating to policy and practice.


The following committees report to the CECV Board.  

  • Audit and Risk Committee
  • Child Safety Working Party
  • Contemporary Education Committee
  • Emergency Management Working Party
  • Employment Relations Committee
  • Enhancing Catholic School Identity (ECSI) Steering Committee
  • Grants Allocation Committee (Primary)
  • Grants Allocation Committee (Secondary)
  • Grants Allocation Committee (Targeted Programs)
  • Integrated Catholic Online Network (ICON) Committee
  • Review Body Committee
  • Salary and Conditions Board