Edmund Rice Education Australia was established, in October 2007, by the Christian Brothers in Australia and is an integral part of the Edmund Rice Network, the Catholic Church in Australia and its associated Catholic Education Commissions and Offices in Dioceses of the Catholic Church around Australia.
It is the outcome of one of two project groups, The National Planning committee for Schools Governance and Shaping our Future Committee Oceania. As a result of the work of these two groups, the Christian Brothers decided to amalgamate separate Christian Brothers’ provinces in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea to form one Oceania Province focused on the social justice mission of the Christian Brothers. Separately, Edmund Rice Education Australia was established with the intention of independently implementing the educational mission of the Christian Brothers. Both these entities commenced on 1 October 2007.
The intention of the new structure is to invigorate both missions while empowering lay people to become increasingly involved in the future work of the Christian Brothers.
The opportunity for Edmund Rice Education Australia is to reinforce the distinctive values of Edmund Rice Education through a national and unified network of Australian schools and educational entities.
The Charter was prepared by the National Planning Committee for Schools Governance of the Christian Brothers and is a proclamation of an Authentic Expression of Edmund Rice Education as applied to Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition.
Each school and educational entity within Edmund Rice Education Australia is called to be authentic to the Charter.