Catholic School Parents Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn (CSPACG) was formally launched on the 21 February 2014. CSPACG is the peak body representing the interests of all Catholic school parents in the Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn and is the largest non-government school parent body in the ACT.
CSPACG is the body officially recognised by the Archbishop and the Catholic Education Commission to represent the interests of families of children in all Catholic schools across the Archdiocese.
CSPACG is represented on the Archdiocesan Catholic Education Commission and through it has significant access to and involvement in mainstream education issues as well as input into policy and financial decisions. The Catholic school parent voice is now being sought by government and has been invited to participate as a member of the steering committee leading a project exploring parental engagement.
Membership of CSPACG includes every systemic Catholic school and the group of Catholic congregational schools. CSPACG structure is made up of representatives from each of the recognised regions of the Archdiocese. Alternative representatives from each region may also attend meetings and act for the representative in their absence but there is only one authorised representative acting for the region at each meeting. A Chairperson, an expert representative and an executive officer also form part of CSPACG.
CSPACG meets four times in each calendar year for ordinary meetings with one additional Annual General Meeting. The purpose for meetings is to contribute to the national Catholic parent representational body – Catholic School Parents Australia and to provide a wider forum for discussing education issues and other issues that impact Catholic school families.