St Mary’s College for the deaf (St Mary’s College) is a college that operates with the consent of the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne and is owned, operated and governed by MACS Specialist Schools Ltd (MACSS).

MACS governs and operates 292 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese to continue the mission of Catholic education to proclaim the Good News and equip our young people with the knowledge, skills and hope to live meaningful lives and enrich the world around them. Because the good work of educating the young is a co-responsible task led by every member of the Catholic school community, School Advisory Councils have been established to provide a crucial point of
connection between the wider school community and school leaders. This governance model was designed to ease the administrative burden on our schools and parishes, allow parish priests to focus on the mission of education in the parish, enable greater collaboration between schools and ensure greater consistency in school policies and procedures.

More information on MACS is available at

School Philosophy Statement

MACS Governance Statement

Whistleblower Policy

Democratic Principles Statement

SMC Charitable Purpose

School Advisory Council

School Advisory Councils form an important expression of the educational partnership between parents, schools, parishes and the wider community that supports all students. The St Mary’s College School Advisory Council is composed of a custodian of mission, lay members from the parent body and professionals who support students with disabilities, the College Principal, and a staff representative.

Terms of Reference

School Advisory Council Manual

Working Together in Mission


St Mary’s College policies cover a range of processes and responsibilities concerning care, safety and wellbeing, child safety, curriculum and enrolment.

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