Dioceses band together to launch Catholic IT biz

Catholic education offices from eleven dioceses in NSW, Queensland and the Northern Territory have joined together to launch a new not-for-profit information and communication technology service company.

Responding to the important role digital networks play in learning and teaching and school administration, the new company, Catholic Education Network or CEnet, will procure and manage key network services on behalf of member dioceses so that schools can concentrate on their "core business" of education, a statement says.

CEnet currently connects 520 school communities across metropolitan, regional and rural NSW, Queensland, the Northern Territory and the ACT.

Parramatta diocese Director of Schools, Mr Greg Whitby, who is the recently appointed Chairman of the CEnet Board, declared the move to incorporation as a significant step for the dioceses involved.

"The establishment of the new company enables us to plan and deploy enterprise ICT (information and communication technology) services in an equitable fashion to all schools.

"We are now well placed as a group to meet the growing challenges of evangelising and educating in the digital age," Mr Whitby said.

He says an obvious feature of the company set up is the ease with which all dioceses can benefit from central purchasing and network management arrangements.

Foundation Board member, Dr Cathy Day from Townsville sees the cooperation between dioceses as a natural development leading to cost savings and the ability to share common services.

Current membership of the company includes the Diocese of Broken Bay; the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn; the Diocese of Darwin; the Diocese of Lismore; the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle; the Diocese of Parramatta; the Diocese of Rockhampton; the Archdiocese of Sydney; the Diocese of Townsville; the Diocese of Wagga Wagga; and the Diocese of Wollongong.

New company connects Catholic schools to the digital future (Media Release, CEnet, 25/5/07)

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Gregory Whitby, Parramatta Catholic Education Office

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28 May 2007