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VCEA is the peak body for Catholic school education in Victoria.  Established as the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) in 1973 by the Archbishop of Melbourne and the Bishops of Ballarat, Sale and Sandhurst dioceses, it was incorporated in 2006.  In 2021 the Bishops of Victoria commissioned an independent review into the role, governance and operations of CECV leading to a renewal process to enhance the governance structure and operating model.  As part of that process, in 2023, its name was changed to the Victorian Catholic Education Authority (VCEA).

VCEA works in close collaboration with the Catholic school proprietors across Victoria. These comprise: