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At the request of the Dominican Sisters of North Adelaide, the Dominican Sisters of Eastern Australia, and the Holy Cross Congregation of Dominican Sisters in AdelaideDominican Education Australia was established by the Catholic Church on 28 January 2015.  DEA is a Public Juridic Person (PJP) of Pontifical Right, meaning it has responsibility for both canonical and civil governance.

DEA was officially launched in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne during August 2016. DEA exercises oversight of the six educational ministries that have previously been the responsibility of the three founding Congregations.  These are: St Mary’s College, Adelaide SA, St Dominic’s Priory College, North Adelaide SA, Cabra Dominican College, Cumberland Park, Santa Sabina College Strathfield NSW, St Lucy’s School, Wahroonga NSW and Siena College Camberwell Melbourne VIC.

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College Board of Directors

The main responsibility of the Board of Directors is to ensure that the College remains truly responsive to its Dominican inheritance. The current members of the Board are:

Mr Michael Dahl (Chair) Mr Christopher Allen, Ms Mary-Ann Royle, Mrs Meredyth Stewart, Ms Kerryn Boland, Mrs Stephanie De Garis, Mr Craig Battams, Mrs Elysia Ryan, Mr Peter Bierer, Dr Helen Riekie (Principal) Mr Karl Barber (Business Manager)


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Cabra works in collaboration with Catholic Education South Australia.

Strategic Direction

The Cabra Dominican College 2018-2020 Strategic Plan, designed by the Cabra Board of Directors, aims to assist the College in determining the course of action throughout this time. Inspired by our vision, it outlines four priorities and ambitions:

  1. Catholic Dominican Identity: The College Board ensures that Cabra Dominican College consciously and conscientiously evaluates, refines and expresses its Catholic identity and Dominican inheritance in ways that address the assessed needs of students and their families
  2. Learning and Teaching: The Board actively encourages the leadership of Cabra Dominican College to give absolute primacy to learning and teaching, and to forming and enabling the potential of each student. Every lesson, every interaction, every encounter, every effort is aimed at improving the efficacy of teaching, learning, and Christian formation.
  3. Governance and Leadership: The Board provides and maintains a governance framework that not only meets legislative and statutory requirements, but also actively enables the College to fulfil its vision and its obligations as a Catholic school in the Dominican tradition. The Board works actively and collegially with DEA to promote and secure the new national governance and support structures for the network of partner schools.
  4. Stewardship: The Board ensures the effective planning needed for the proper and systematic accumulation and application of the College’s physical, financial and human resources to promote the mission of the College and the ambitions of the Board.

Safeguarding statement

Cabra Dominican College, part of Dominican Education Australia, takes very seriously its duty to uphold the safety and wellbeing of all students, past and present.

If an allegation of historical abuse is made against a member of staff during their tenure at the College, every effort would be made to have the matter thoroughly investigated.

There are stringent policies and procedures in place to protect the dignity and wellbeing of students currently at the College.



Cabra Dominican College welcomes applications from all families seeking a Catholic education for their children.

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