In the years leading to 2007, the Christian Brothers and those in the communities of their schools engaged in a broad consultation on how the governance of their schools would be carried into the future.

The formation of Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) by the Christian Brothers in 2007 continues the Brothers' response to the educational needs of the time. EREA, as part of the mission of the Catholic Church, is charged with the responsibility for the governance of the schools owned by the Christian Brothers throughout Australia and ensures that the charism of Edmund Rice lives on in these schools.

Schools with membership of EREA share a commitment to the Charter of Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition. This Charter describes their aspirations and sets a foundation for all decision and policy making.

Fundamental to this Charter are the four touchstones:

Click on the image to see a larger version of the touchstones

A touchstone is a fundamental or quintessential feature. In earlier times a touchstone was used to judge the purity of precious metals. A streak left on the touchstone was compared with a streak made by the pure metal. Hence authenticity was verified.

All members of EREA are called to show how these touchstones are a living reality in their community.

To download the EREA Charter, click the link below:


EREA Charter EREA Charter (16896 KB)

EREA Statement Acknowledging the Royal Commission's Final Report on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) has today welcomed the final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, with great sadness for the ordeals of survivors and victims, gratitude for their courage, and shame for the failures of institutions established to care for children.

EREA Royal Commission Statement EREA Royal Commission Statement (466 KB)