ACTBGA Purpose Statement

The ACT Block Grant Authority Incorporated (ACTBGA) is an incorporated, non-profit association set up by non-government school organisations in the ACT. Its purpose is to administer the Australian Government’s Capital Grants program and other major Government grants programs for non-government schools in the ACT.

The ACTBGA has signed formal agreements with the Australian Government to administer the following active programs:

ACTBGA Participants

Catholic Education

Catholic Education (1)
which has the following ACT schools:

AISACT web address:

Schools of the AISACT (4)


  • (1) Of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn.


  • (2) Good Shepherd Primary School includes three campuses:
    Good Shepherd Primary School (Amaroo), Mother Teresa Primary School (Harrison) and John Paul College (Nicholls).


  • (3) St Mary MacKillop College includes the campuses of Isabella Plains and Wanniassa.


  • (4) Association of Independent Schools of the ACT.


  • (5) Canberra Girls’ Grammar School has two campuses:
    a senior and a junior one, both in Deakin, located in Melbourne Ave and Grey St respectively.


  • (6) Canberra Grammar School has two campuses: the main one in Red Hill and a K-2 in Campbell.


  • (7) Canberra Montessori School has two campuses: the main one in Holder and one in Red Hill.


  • (8) Burgmann Anglican School have two campuses, one in Gungahlin and the other in Forde.


ACTBGA History

In 1987 the Australian Government introduced ‘block funding’ for the Capital Grants Program for non-government schools. Block Grant Authorities were established, operating at arm’s length from the Government, while following and implementing the guidelines established by the Government to administer the Capital Grants Program. The ACTBGA was incorporated as an association in April 1988.

ACTBGA Governance


Our Board

The Board is the governing body of the ACTBGA.
The Board has the authority and the responsibility to perform the functions, determine the policies and control the affairs of the ACTBGA.

The essential responsibilities of the Board are to oversee the ACTBGA and to manage the business of the Association.

This includes the following activities:


  • submit final recommendations on the allocation of Capital Grant funds to the Australian Government Minister for School Education, for approval on an annual basis;


  • make decisions or recommendations on the allocation of funding for other programs as required;


  • monitor progress against goals and objectives and ensure that corrective action is taken when necessary; and


  • establish and monitor policies to ensure that the ACTBGA complies with statutory requirements.



The current ACTBGA Board members are:

Mr. David HolmesbyChair
Mr. Peter MurrayParent Representative
Mr. Ross FoxDirector – Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn
Mr. Andrew WrigleyExecutive Director – Association of Independent Schools of the ACT


Priorities Committee

The Priorities Committee is responsible for assessing and prioritising applications for grants and making recommendations to the Board on the allocation of grant funds.

The Priorities Committee consists of nine members: the Chair of the Board, who presides over meetings of the Committee, four members nominated by the Association of Independent Schools of the ACT (AISACT), and four members nominated by Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn (CECG).

The current Priorities Committee members are:

Mr. David Holmesby (Chair)Chair – ACT Block Grant Authority
Mr. Christopher PymontSenior Officer, Schools Accounting Services, CECG
Ms. Maree WilliamsHead of Religious Education and Curriculum, CECG
Mr. Joel AndersonHead of Operations – Burgmann Anglican School
Mr. David AustinPrincipal – St Francis of Assisi
Mr. Graham HumphriesFellow – Cox Architecture
Ms. Maureen HartungExecutive Director – Blue Gum Community School
Mr. Tim JamesBursar – Covenant Christian School
Mr. John BarkerHead of Resource Management and Strategy, CECG


Members of Our Association

The members of the Association shall be:


  • Two people nominated by the Association of Independent Schools of the ACT (AISACT)


  • Two people nominated by Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn (CECG)


  • One person nominated jointly by the AISACT and CECG – who shall be the Chair of the Board; and


  • One person nominated jointly by the AISACT and CECG – who shall be the Parent Representative.



The current ACTBGA Association Members are:

Mr. David Holmesby (Chair)Chair – ACT Block Grant Authority Board
Mrs. Rita DanielsPrincipal – Daramalan College
Mr. Peter MurrayParent Representative – ACT Block Grant Authority
Mr. Ross FoxDirector – CECG
Dr. Patrick McArdleChair – Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn Catholic Education Commission
Mr. Andrew WrigleyExecutive Director – AISACT


Public Officer

The Executive Officer performs the duty of Public Officer of the Association.