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
The Human Resources (HR) and Administration
Team at Catholic Education Melbourne is responsible for the provision of best
practice HR strategy delivery, programs, support, payroll and administrative
processes to all staff of Catholic Education Melbourne in supporting Catholic
education in our schools.
In line with To Serve and Lead: Strategic Plan 2015–2019 to achieve a high level of
capability to lead and serve, the HR and Administration teams continue to
partner with Catholic Education Melbourne management to deliver a diverse range
of HR management services and processes to support the achievement of Catholic
Education Melbourne’s goals.
Recruitment and Selection Strategy 2015
Human Resources have implemented the new
service model for recruitment. This is streamlining the processes associated
with recruitment and selection in line with the Strategic Plan to develop and
retain high quality staff. The new Recruitment Policy
saw the introduction of a centralised end-to-end to end recruitment for
Catholic Education Melbourne. This was particularly effective in 2015 for the
resourcing the implementation of the Catholic Education Services restructure
and for the successful management of over 80 separate recruitment campaigns.
Human Resources will be working with the Leadership team to develop a
Leadership Development program for Catholic Education
Melbourne management. This will be in line with the Leadership Development
program provided to our principals and in other Catholic dioceses.
Human Resources is currently working on new Conflict
of Interest Policy and compliance training module to ensure all staff in
the organisation understand their responsibilities in relation to their
employment and potential conflicts of interest.
Catholic Education Melbourne Induction Program
focus on Catholic identity, Human Resources has introduced a new employee
Induction Program. This new Induction contexts the role of Catholic Identity in
our working lives – what it means to work in a Catholic organisation and how we
can actively promote this through all that we do in our workplace.
HR Strategic Business Partnerships
Working with allocated Managers across the organisation, the HR Business
Partnership Model provides one point of contact for each business unit. This
ensures a proactive approach to assisting managers with their staffing issues
ensuring consistency support and advice. This has been very effective when
rolling out new processes, policies and tools.
The introduction of online applications for Flexible Working Arrangements have
proven very effective in the workflow for manager approval and in the reporting
capability to enable the necessary payroll database updates in time for the new
In addition to providing services and
facilities for both internal and external business meetings with the new level
five meeting facilities, the new staff lounge area also ‘opened’ in 2015 with
feedback as to the high standard of presentation and service provided.
Catholic Education Services (CES) Restructure
As part of the organisational restructure in Catholic Education
Services, Human Resources supported the CES team with the implementation of the
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