Welcome to the Diocese of Ballarat Catholic Education Limited (DOBCEL) website.
Across our diocese, 64 Catholic primary and secondary schools, 56 DOBCEL parish schools and 8 schools governed by Religious Institutes or Ministerial Public Juridic Persons, provide distinctive Catholic education from the Murray to the Sea. The role of DOBCEL is to lead, provide service to, and partner with all 64 schools to enable every student to flourish and every student, staff member and family to experience the presence of the risen Christ in our schools.
This year, 2021, DOBCEL takes over the governance authority of our 56 parish schools. This an historic undertaking shifting the governance authority from parish priests, who have had this role in parish schools in the Ballarat diocese since our first parish school was established in 1849. DOBCEL is looking forward to continuing to work in partnership with our 56 parish schools into the future. Catholic Education Ballarat is the operational arm of DOBCEL and is responsible for the implementation of DOBCEL strategies, policies and procedures, and overseeing the day to day running of our schools.
I wish all of our 64 school communities the very best for 2021 as we all strive to bring about our vision:
As partners in Catholic Education,
open to God’s presence,
we pursue fullness of life for all.
With every blessing,
Mr Tom Sexton
Executive Director of Catholic Education