Message from the Chair of the Board


The education ministry of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG) began in 1846 in Victoria Square, Perth. From these seeds, first sown by Ursula Frayne and continued by the work of her followers in succeeding generations, a network of Mercy schools has developed.

For over one hundred and sixty eight years, through the lens of Mercy, these schools have provided Catholic education for thousands of young people.

Change is a constant in education as it is in other institutions. In particular, from at least the 1950s, a move towards the amalgamation and unification of the many Mercy Congregations in Australia commenced. This move reached a pivotal point in 2011 when the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG) was formed.

The formation of ISMAPNG led to changes in governance in the ministry of education.
From 1997, Mercy Education had operated as Mercy Secondary Education Inc (MSEI), an incorporated association under Victorian State legislation and it served the needs of the Education ministry of the Melbourne Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy.

In November 2011, Mercy Education, a company limited by guarantee and constituted under the Corporations Act 2011 (Cth), became registered with ASIC. The members of the company are the Institute Leader and Council who appoint the directors of the Mercy Education Board to manage the affairs of the Company. The Board exercises all powers and functions of the Company, except those reserve powers which enable the Institute Leader and Council to meet their canonical and administrative obligations.

Currently there are eight schools in Victoria, three in Western Australia and one in South Australia which ISMAPNG fully sponsors and which are governed by Mercy Education Limited (MEL). In addition ISMAPNG co sponsors other schools, either with another congregation or with a diocese, to whom MEL provides support and advice as requested.
Governance by Mercy Education allows the education mission of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea to continue by enabling the pillars of Living Ethos, Excellent Educational Communities, Outstanding Leadership and accountable Corporate Governance become a reality in a context of support and challenge.


Lucy Molony

July 2015