Governance

Mercy Education Limited (Mercy Education) is an incorporated ministry of Mercy Ministry Companions (MMC). MMC is responsible for ensuring, as faithfully as Catherine McAuley and her sisters, that the Catholic identity, charism and spirituality of schools previously under the stewardship of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG), thrive into the future.

MMC delegates the responsibility of these thirteen schools’ governance to Mercy Education. There are nine schools in Victoria, three in Western Australia and one in South Australia.

Commencing on 3 December 2021, the MMC Trustee Directors were installed by the Institute Leadership Team of ISMAPNG as the canonical authority for Mercy Education Ltd. The Trustee Directors also comprise the Board Directors of Mercy Ministry Companions Limited (MMCL), the civil body of Mercy Ministry Companions. Mercy Ministry Companions Limited is the Member of Mercy Education Limited.

In transferring the incorporated Education, Health and Community Service ministries to Mercy Ministry Companions, the Institute Leadership Council and the Institute has entrusted the Trustee Directors with this Mercy heritage and empowered them to develop new expressions of the “gift of mercy”. In the new era of Mercy Ministry Companions, canonical stewards, board directors, executives and management continue to embody the compassion, hospitality, integrity, care, justice, practicality and service which characterise contemporary channels of Mercy.

The governance role of the Board of Mercy Education is confined to the thirteen schools and sets policies, approves schools’ strategic plans, appoints Principals, approves senior leadership positions and fulfils due diligence in finance and audit management, capital development, risk management and litigation.

The current Board Directors and National Office Staff of Mercy Education are listed at https://www.mercy.edu.au/governance/board-members and https://www.mercy.edu.au/governance/office-members respectively.

The Mercy Education Limited schools are:

  • Academy of Mary Immaculate, Fitzroy, VIC
  • Catherine McAuley College, Bendigo, VIC
  • Emmanuel College, Warrnambool, VIC
  • Mercedes College, Perth, WA
  • Mount Lilydale Mercy College, Lilydale, VIC
  • Our Lady of Mercy College, Heidelberg, VIC
  • Sacred Heart College, Geelong, VIC
  • Sacred Heart College, Kyneton, VIC
  • Santa Maria College, Attadale, WA
  • St Aloysius College, Adelaide, SA
  • St Aloysius College, North Melbourne, VIC
  • St Brigid’s College, Lesmurdie, WA
  • St Joseph’s College, Mildura, VIC

Mercy Education is the Employer of the Principal and staff of the Mercy Colleges. The existence of Mercy Education Limited gives strength, support and solidarity to each of the member Mercy schools and its community.

March 2022

Mercy Education Charter

The revised 2021 Charter continues to be central to the mission of Mercy Education with an unequivocal commitment to fostering the dignity, self-esteem and integrity of young people and providing them with a safe, supportive and enriching environment.  The Charter also highlights Mercy Education’s zero tolerance for child abuse and is committed to compliance with relevant legislation, State regulatory authorities and the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards.

Mercy Annual Report

Celebrating 175 years of Mercy Education in Australia

In 2021 across Australia, we continue to celebrate two hundred years of Catholic Education. For those of us associated with Mercy, the contributions, dedication and unwavering commitment of the Sisters of Mercy to the education of thousands upon thousands of students in their care have been significant.

We are delighted to provide you with a copy of our recently published commemorative magazine, ‘Celebrating 175 years of Mercy Education in Australia.’

This edition is an expression of admiration and thanks for the thousands of Sisters of Mercy whose work has created the strong foundations on which we now stand. May these stories inspire those of us who now carry on this great work!

Our thanks are extended to the many people who have contributed to this magazine. This appreciation, along with our support, is also offered to all who continue to provide a Mercy‑inspired Catholic education for the next 175 years and beyond.

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