Catholic Special Development Schools

Catholic Special Development Schools

The Archdiocese of Melbourne hosts the largest Catholic education system in the country, with 256 primary schools, 67 secondary schools and 6 special schools. Catholic schools in this Archdiocese educate approximately one in five metropolitan students.

Catholic schools are:

  • partners with parents in the education of their children
  • partners with the Church in faith education
  • community providers of a public service
  • available to families across Victoria, in city and remote areas
  • committed to the achievement of the public goals of excellence and equity
  • significant service providers delivering a cost-effective service to the community.

Catholic schools:

  • practise and celebrate Christian values
  • offer an outstanding education as schools of first choice for Catholic parents
  • provide religious education and opportunities for faith development in communities where prayer and sacramental celebrations are integral
  • are welcoming communities and promote quality interpersonal relationships
  • are inclusive and safe and foster a strong sense of wellbeing
  • educate students for engagement in civic and public life, involving community service and issues of social justice
  • provide high quality academic, social and vocational education
  • build environments focused on achievement, challenge, creativity and enjoyment
  • include highly qualified and caring teachers committed to the ethos of Catholic education
  • are accountable for the proper expenditure of government funds and parent fees
  • are accountable to parents and governments for student learning.

We would like to acknowledge the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria as the source of this information.

Disability Services North West Melbourne


St Anthony’s Family Centre provides general educational programs and support for young people with a disability and their families.

118 Commercial Road, FOOTSCRAY 3011
Tel: 03 9680 8444
Email: [email protected]


Doxa School - Bendigo


Doxa School provides a variety of programmes for students aged between 12-18 who are struggling with mainstream school.

118 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo VIC 3550
Tel: 03  5442 8140
Fax: 03  5442 8360
Email: [email protected]
Website: www3.doxabendigo.catholic.edu.au


Larmenier - Hampton


Larmenier is a non-residential school and centre for primary-aged children who are experiencing social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties. A therapeutic program is offered to the child and the family, and is an integral part of the program. The children are withdrawn for a limited period and then re-integrated into regular schools or appropriate placements. Follow up support is provided for teachers, children and families after a child is re-integrated into the regular school.

Larmenier also offers support to school staff who are dealing with children experiencing social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties. Family counselling is also available if the families are willing and/or desire assistance.

453 Bluff Road, Hampton 3188
Tel: 03 9521 8511
Fax: 03 9521 8533
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.larmenierhampton.catholic.edu.au


MacKillop - Multiple Locations


MacKillop Family Services is a shared ministry of the Sisters of Mercy, the Christian Brothers and the Sisters of St Joseph, providing special education programs as part of general welfare services.

Melbourne Region
237 Cecil Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205
Tel: 03 9699 9177
Fax: 03 9696 6496
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.mackillop.org.au

Barwon Region
Helen Street, Rippleside 3215, Geelong VIC 3220
Tel: 03 5278 9211
Fax: 03 5272 1781
Website: http://www.mackillop.org.au/Disability#DisabilityServicesNorthWest


Marillac House - Caulfield South


Marillac House is a residential facility for long-term, permanent care of boys and girls with an intellectual disability, aged 8–18 years.

700 Glen Huntly Road, Caulfield South 3162
PO BOX 4070, Hopetoun Gardens LPO, Caulfield 3162
Tel: 03 9591 6400
Fax: 03 9591 6401
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.marillac.com.au


St Augustine’s General Education Centre - Whittington

St Augustine’s is a specialist school that caters for young people aged 12–15 years who have social, emotional and behavioural issues. Young people attend the program to develop relevant skills and knowledge to assist in their transition to further education training and/or employment. Referrals are from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), government and non-government schools, and a range of community welfare agencies.

25-33 27 Oxford Street, Whittington 3219
Tel: 03 5248 2557
Fax: 03 5248 5866


St Mary's College for Hearing Impaired Students - Multiple Locations


St Mary’s College, working in partnership with the four schools below, is a day school catering for the educational and social needs of hearing impaired students. Teachers of the Deaf teach students on an individual or small group basis or support students within classes at the partner schools. They work to ensure students continue to develop language and communication skills and have access to the mainstream curriculum.

Primary Campus
10 Riddell Road, Wantirna South
Tel: 03 9800 2733
Fax: 03 9887 2737
Email: [email protected]

Dandenong Campus (within St John’s Regional College)
5-11 Caroline Street, Dandenong 3175
Tel: 03  9791 3366
Fax: 03 9706 8378 or 03 9794 5481

Ringwood Campus (within Aquinas College)
Thomas Street, Ringwood  3134
Tel: 03 9259 3000

South Morang Campus (within Marymede Catholic College)
60 Williamsons Road, South Morang 3752
Tel: 03 9407  9000
Fax: 03 9407 9010


St Paul's College for Hearing Impaired Students - Kew

St Paul’s College provides educational opportunities for students aged 5–18 with intellectual, multiple and sensory disabilities including autism. A school nurse also supports those students who have complex medical needs. Learning opportunities are enhanced with a multifaceted approach comprising physiotherapy, speech pathology, music therapy, hydrotherapy and a specialist art and drama program. A bridging program is also offered which is specifically designed for Prep-aged children who require additional preparation in readiness for school.

13 Fernhurst Grove, Kew 3101
Tel: 03 9855 7700
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.villamaria.com.au/services/education-services/st-pauls-college