There is an increasing need to provide school services more efficiently and effectively. We need to continue developing strategic alliances and stronger
partnerships with parents, parishes, local government, business and community services
and explore options to co-locate schools with community health centres, kindergartens and activity centres.
Theme 3: Capability to Better Serve and Lead, Catholic Education Melbourne Strategic Plan 2015–2019
Patricia CowlingFormer Principal, Genazzano FCJ College, Kew
Finance, funding and
accountability services are provided largely by the Finance Unit of Catholic
Internal finance functions
including, financial and management accounting, accounts payable/receivable,
treasury, and procurement are carried out by the Finance Unit. The Systems and
Grants Team manage the accounting system and the distribution of grant monies.
administration of systemic funds and grants, and government accountability and
reporting requirements, on behalf of Catholic Education Melbourne and the Catholic Education Commission
of Victoria Ltd (CECV)
involves the spending of funds for the purposes for which they are granted.
Finance staff work closely with the Grants Allocation Committees (Primary and
Secondary) and other managers to ensure that all financial and accountability
requirements are adhered to, and comprehensively and accurately completed
within required timeframes. Another service is the financial administration of
the Catholic Education Long Service Leave Scheme Victoria (LSL).
Funding and 2016 Budget
The Finance Unit, under the
guidance of the Chief Financial Officer, provided financial parameters into the
strategic planning framework for 2016 budgets to address the projected funding
shortfall for the Catholic system (due to low state government recurrent grant
indexation and Multi-Enterprise Agreement-driven salary increases). Following
significant consultation with the Senior Leadership Team, the Catholic
Education Melbourne 2016 Budget was approved by the Executive Director and the
final 2016 CECV budget completed for the approval by the CECV Board.
Charities and Not-for-profits Commission
The Finance Unit continued to
advise schools on Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)
developments with governance and financial reporting through National Catholic
Education Commission (NCEC) representation on the ACNC Working Party.
The Finance and the Systems
Teams continued to work with the ICON Team towards the successful
implementation of eAdmin and eFin, which is planned for release in January
During 2015 the Finance Unit
reported to the Catholic Education Melbourne Audit and Risk Committee on
internal audit issues including:
It also reported to the CECV
Audit and Risk Committee on internal audit issues, including:
Education Melbourne Budget Allocations for 2015
The Catholic Education
Melbourne Budget Allocations graph for 2015 highlights that the major cost of
running the Office is employment costs. The graph also shows the total budget
commitment to training both school staff and Catholic Education Melbourne
staff, and the final column shows the total budgeted operating costs of running
all programs by the departments in 2015.
Budgets of Catholic Education Melbourne Staff Groups and Units 2015
The Annual Budgets of Catholic
Education Melbourne Staff Groups and Units 2015 graph represents the budgeted
operational needs of the respective Office business units.
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