EREA VSL Governance Statement

St Joseph’s College is governed by Edmund Rice Education Australia Victorian Schools Limited (EREA VSL) and offers a Catholic education in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice.

EREA VSL commenced as proprietor for 6 Victorian schools on 1 January 2024. Enrolling over 7000 students, EREA VSL is responsible for the governance of schools. EREA VSL is guided by the EREA Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition. The Charter articulates the vision, mission, and objectives for schools. Through the Touchstones, the Charter speaks to the values, aspirations, and beliefs that schools strive to offer including a liberating education, based on a gospel spirituality, within an inclusive community committed to justice and solidarity.

Consistent with the EREA Charter, EREA VSL supports and promotes the principles and practices of Australian democracy in its operations and in the operations of the schools including a commitment to elected government; the rule of law; equal rights for all before the law; freedom of religion; freedom of speech and association; and the values of openness and tolerance.

Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) was established by the Christian Brothers as a public juridic body to ensure the continuation of the Charism of Blessed Edmund Rice in the educational mission of the Catholic Church, especially through the schools governed and conducted in the Edmund Rice tradition. It was constituted, in accordance with the norms of canon law, as a public juridic person within the Catholic Church on 20 September 2012 on approval by the Holy See. It carries on its mission in the name of the Church ensuring that all schools and other apostolic activities are conducted in conformity with the beliefs, teachings, and laws of the Church.

EREA, for the purposes of recognition in civil law, established a body corporate known as the Trustees of Edmund Rice Education Australia (TEREA) incorporated pursuant to the provisions of the Roman Catholic Church Communities Lands Act 1942 (NSW). TEREA is the sole member of VSL. Further information on Edmund Rice Education Australia can be found at

EREA VSL was registered on 2 June 2022 (Australian Business Number: 90 659 880 985) with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), is a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee and is a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC). EREA VSL has been incorporated under, and is subject to, the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), as amended from time to time.

A Catholic School in the Edmund Rice Tradition

We, the St Joseph’s College Community, are committed to continue education in the Catholic tradition, through the example of Jesus Christ, our beginning and end. Moved by the story of Edmund Rice and inspired by the gospel values of love and justice, we encourage one another “to strive for the highest”, to develop and use our talents and abilities, and to respect and show compassion towards others. We aim to create a child-safe environment, in all school environments during and outside school hours, where children are free to enjoy life to the full without any concern for their safety. Through the development of partnerships, we show that we value the contribution of students, staff and families, past and present. In our service to the wider community, we see our school as being a place of hope and encouragement in our world today.

Our Vision

As a Catholic school we aspire to form students’ hearts and minds to act with integrity and compassion within a learning culture that is engaging, rigorous, inclusive and innovative and within which each student is challenged to achieve excellence.

Our Mission

We will foster an engaged, inclusive and respectful learning community inspired by the story of Edmund Rice and based on Gospel values where students are encouraged to ‘strive for the highest’ aspiring to excellence in academic, spiritual, cultural and personal endeavours. We aim to equip students to be globally connected citizens committed to personal excellence, enriching the wider community and standing in solidarity with the marginalised.

Our Commitment

St Joseph’s College is committed to child safety and the care, safety and wellbeing of students are embedded in our policies and practices. All staff will work in accord with child safe practices and child protection reporting guidelines. The participation and empowerment of all young people is a consideration in decision-making, as we seek to provide a safe and nurturing environment where young people are respected and listened to.

The Four EREA Touchstones

The Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) Touchstones challenge the St Joseph’s College community to strive for authenticity as a member of Edmund Rice Communities. The Touchstones can be represented by two different types of symbolic icons, the Indigenous designs were created by Vicki Clark OAM who is a proud Mutthi Mutthi, Wemba Wamba woman and Edmund Rice Education Australia board member. 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.

Liberating Education

We open hearts and minds, through quality teaching and learning experiences, so that through critical reflection and engagement each person is hope filled and free to build a better world for all.

My hope is in your hands. Teach them to be a proud strong race.

Inclusive Community

Our community is accepting and welcoming, fostering right relationships and committed to the common good.

Please don’t just tolerate me; try to understand me.

Gospel Spirituality

We invite people into the story of Jesus and strive to make his message of compassion, justice and peace a living reality within our community.

Please don’t hand me the scraps off your table.

Justice and Solidarity

We are committed to justice and peace for all, grounded in a spirituality of action and reflection that calls us to stand in solidarity with those who are marginalised and the Earth itself.

How does if feel to have my Mother’s land on your hands?