Governance & Quality Assurance

The Governance, Quality and Assurance (GQA) section leads and supports the provision of specialist governance and quality assurance practices, innovation and services. For 2022, the section included:

  • Governance
  • Quality and Assurance
  • Directorate
  • Communications and Public Relations
  • Catholic School Parents South Australia
  • Alive Early Learning Centres
  • South Australian Catholic Secondary School Girls Sport Association
  • Project Office.

Governance and Quality Assurance

In 2022, Governance and Quality Assurance activities included the management and oversight of the Catholic Special Schools Incorporated, which comprises two schools:
St Patrick’s Special School and Our Lady of La Vang School.  The Assistant Director – Governance Quality and Assurance held the position of Chair of this separately incorporated entity during 2022.  In addition to several enhancements to this entity’s governing activities, the schools worked with SACCS’ ‘Students with Disabilities Strategy’ project team to implement the strategic changes leading to one special school operating across three campuses. This includes project activities leading to the de-registration of this entity’s incorporated status.

Another governance activity included a complete re-write of the Nazareth Catholic College governing Rules.  The Governance section worked throughout the year with the Nazareth Catholic College Principal and various stakeholders to modernise the Rules, with a focus on:

  • the incorporation of contemporary governance practices
  • clarifying the objects of the College Council relative to the powers of the Catholic Church Endowment Society (CCES) and the South Australia Commission for Catholic Schools (SACCS)
  • their suitability against the requirements of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission
  • ensuring that effective structures are in place to assist CCES and SACCS in fulfilling their obligations, relative to Nazareth Catholic College, related to applicable legislation, in particular the Associations Incorporations Act 1985.

A review of the Nazareth Catholic Community Rules will be undertaken in 2023.

The governance section also wrote a new Constitution for the South Australian Catholic Secondary School Girls Sports Association.  This Constitution will be presented at the next annual general meeting of this incorporated entity.  

The governance section reviewed and made recommendations to SACCS on proposed changes to the Constitution and Trust Deed of NGS Super, an entity for which SACCS is a shareholder.  

Further activities included a review of International Standards Organization (ISO) standards in readiness for their future implementation, in particular:

  • ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems
  • ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management.

Functional responsibility for records management across Catholic Education SA commenced within the Governance, Quality and Assurance section.  A Records Manager was appointed in February 2022 and work commenced on reviewing the current state of historical records and archiving, the digital file structures and practices, legal obligations related to records, as well as drafting a Records Management Framework.

Other work included the day-to-day management of privacy matters across CESA, as well as copyright licensing and general commercial advice/review of various school and office related agreements.