CORMSAA meeting 18 May 2021

27 May 2021 by

The hospitality of ACU enabled the Committee of Religious Institute and Ministerial PJP School Authorities (CORMSAA) to meet both at North Sydney and via videoconference in Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.


Below is a summary of the meeting:

And via videoconference and at ACU Nth Sydney


Philomena Billington (at Nth Sydney) Educationalist member – Chair
Marea Nicholson AM (at Nth Sydney) Educationalist member
Jeffrey Burn (at Nth Sydney) From Victoria/Tasmania
Frank Malloy (via videoconference) From NSW/ACT
Dale Morrow (via videoconference) From QLD
Lawrie Hallinan (at Nth Sydney) Ex-officio – Secretary
Brigette Sipa RSJ (via videoconference) From SA
Vacancy From SA / WA



  1. National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC)

The meeting noted that Frank Malloy is now a member of NCEC enrolment committee.

The meeting discussed the RI-MPJP perspective on a number of issues that are currently before NCEC.


  1. Position paper on co-responsible governance in Catholic education

The meeting examined the feedback from RI-MPJPs School Authorities on the draft position paper which was generally positive. Various minor changes were noted and will be followed up. The meeting agreed that the request for stronger language by a minority could negatively impact on the document’s reception. However, greater clarity around suggestions will be adopted. The paper will be finalised in May 2021. A consultation process for Bishops and Catholic Education bodies will follow in the latter part of 2021. This process will take time and will vary in each jurisdiction – unity in our diversity.


  1. CORMSAA Forum of RI-MPJP School Authorities

CORMSAA will host an inaugural forum of all 35 RI and MPJP School Authorities, the AMPJP Council, CRA representatives 3.00 – 5.00pm on Sunday 22 August 2021 at Hilton Brisbane. The Forum could have a videoconference option for those who can’t be in Brisbane. There will be more information forthcoming. PLEASE CLAIM THE DATE & TIME.


  1. Regular reports

CORMSAA received regular reports on: CORMSAA expenditure and CORMSAA correspondence.


CORMSAA will meet again in July 2021