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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 Infrastructure and Capital Funding Team
supports schools to undertake their capital development through a number of
Government Capital Grants Programme
The Australian Government Capital Grants
Programme (CGP) is available to assist schools in undertaking their capital
development projects and operates on an annual basis. Schools submit their
project proposals for consideration in December and the assessment and
recommendations process is concluded by the following September. The government
has extended this funding through to 2017.
Twelve schools were successful in receiving
funding support totalling $9,800,000 under the Capital Grants Programme (CGP).
These projects are shown below:
Government Capital Grants Program
The State Government has committed $84
million over four years to ensure that those Victorian Catholic schools with
the greatest need are given the opportunity to seek funding to create contemporary
educational spaces which meet their teaching and learning requirements.
Under the Year 1 of the Victorian Government
Capital Funding Program five school projects received funding support. These
projects shown below, are to have their school Block Grant Authority (BGA)
Agreements in place in 2016:
The Supplementary Capital Fund (SCF) is
serviced by a per-head capital levy on primary school students in the
Archdiocese of Melbourne, to assist these schools with annual capital
repayments for approved projects including the establishment of new schools.
This program runs on an annual basis.
Under the Supplementary Capital Fund (SCF),
four Catholic primary schools received just over $ 7,427,571 in funding support
for their capital projects, as shown in the table below:
The master planning support for schools
continues to be an important process in enabling schools to plan their capital
and facility development, to reflect changes in pedagogical practice and
enrolment changes that impact on the space required by a school for education
The modular relocatable classroom was
introduced to Catholic Education Melbourne in the 1970s as a building that
could be installed at schools with urgent short-term accommodation needs. In
2015, Catholic Education Melbourne administered a pool of 84 relocatable
classrooms to assist schools with their short-term needs.
Relocatable classrooms are allocated by Catholic
Education Melbourne on an annual needs basis. A school’s enrolment profile and
the amount of space available per student are assessed and taken into
consideration. Master plans are seen as assisting schools in determining the
type and location of permanent and relocatable facilities required to support
schools, to respond to the changes in enrolment profiles.
The following table shows the Relocatable
Classroom allocation for the Archdiocese of Melbourne in 2015:
Training Centres in Schools
The Trade Training Centres in Schools (TTC)
program was introduced by the Australian Government in 2008 to support the development
of school facilities to provide for vocational education and training. This
program is now closed and funded schools are now moving to the operational
phase of their TSC facility.
Under Round 5, Phase 1, of the Trade
Training Centres in Schools program, the three projects in the Archdiocese that
were successful in receiving funding support competed the construction phase of
their projects with the expectation that they would be fully operational in
2016. These projects are shown below:
The Moonlight Head site is to be developed
by Catholic Education Melbourne to create a Rural Learning campus for the
Catholic sector. The site is around 400 hectares of land located on the
southern side of the Great Ocean Road at Wattle Hill, some 65 kilometres
south-west of the Victorian coastal resort town of Apollo Bay. The Moonlight
Head campus will provide a stimulating opportunity for students in truly remote
In 2015 Catholic Education Melbourne
continued with development of the property by undertaking the following key
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