Mercy Education Limited (Mercy Education) is an incorporated ministry of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG), charged with operating all educational ministries for which the Institute has sole sponsorship. Mercy Education is one of the many works operated by the Institute throughout Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Mercy Education will operate at all times as part of the mission of the Catholic Church in conformity with canon law and in strict conformity with the ethical framework of the Institute as determined by the Institute Leader and Council from time to time.

ISMAPNG is involved with twelve fully sponsored schools- eight in Victoria, three in Western Australia dn one in South Australia. The governance role of the Board of Mercy Education is confined to the twelve ISMAPNG sponsored schools and sets policies, approves each school’s strategic plan, appoints Principals, approves senior leadership positions and fulfils due diligence in the area of finance and audit management, capital development, risk management and litigation.

The schools are:

  • The Academy of Mary Immaculate, Fitzroy, VIC
  • Catherine McAuley College, Bendigo, VIC
  • Mercedes College, Perth, WA
  • Mount Lilydale Mercy College, Lilydale, VIC
  • Our Lady of Mercy College, Heidelberg, VIC
  • Sacred Heart College, Geelong, VIC
  • Santa Maria College, Attadale, WA
  • Sacred Heart College, Kyneton, VIC
  • 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 gives strength, support and solidarity to each of the member Mercy schools and its community.

Democratic Principles

The programs of, and teaching at the Academy of Mary Immaculate support and promote the principles and practice of Australian democracy, including a commitment to:

  1. elected government; and
  2. the rule of law; and
  3. equal rights for all before the law; and
  4. freedom of religion; and
  5. freedom of speech and association; and
  6. the values of openness and tolerance.

Nothing in this clause is intended to affect the rights accorded to, or the compliance with any obligation imposed on, a school under an enactment of the State or of the Commonwealth.

Schedule 4 clause 1 of the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017