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In 2021 we celebrate 50 years since the Bishops of Western Australia brought Catholic schools across the four Dioceses of WA together into one State-wide system with the establishment of the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia. The 50th anniversary is celebrated alongside the 200th anniversary of Catholic education in Australia.

Welcome to Catholic Education in Western Australia

Explore our 50 Years Together and join us in our ongoing mission of inspiring students, staff and all member of our school communities to actively live the Gospel.

Our People

Explore our selection of videos to learn about some milestone achievements for our system, meet some of the people who have contributed to its growth and success, and hear stories from current Catholic school communities who are living our vision of providing Christ-centred, child-focused learning environments.

Ideas that shape Catholic Education

Read about how Catholic education is helping shape Western Australia through Catholic identity, education, community and stewardship.

Guiding our Progress

Take a look at the ideas and principles that underpin everything we do.


Our History

Our schools, colleges and learning centres have been a central part of the Western Australian education landscape for over 150 years. 2021 is a significant year for Catholic education in Western Australia, as we celebrate 50 Years Together. 2021 is also significant for Catholic education nationally, as we join with the National Catholic Education Commission and schools across Australia to commemorate 200 years since the first Catholic school opened in Parramatta, New South Wales.

Catholic education in Western Australia has grown to include 163 Catholic schools educating 78,000 students and employing 11,000 teachers and staff, making it the largest school sector in the State after the public education system. 

200 years of Catholic education in Australia

Faith in the Future 

Over 200 years, Catholic schools have educated millions of Australian students.

Explore our website to see just some of the moments from generations past and our school communities as they are today.

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