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Help your fellow teachers and support staff to educate children across the world.

The Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Maitland—Newcastle, which employs teachers and staff across 56 schools, has a proud history of supporting teachers working in Catholic communities in developing countries around the world.

Due to a lack of basic resources, these committed teachers often lack the means to make the most of their skills or the potential of their students. They work in schools in impoverished communities and with students living with disease and disability.

The Teachers Helping Teachers workplace giving program, in partnership with Catholic Mission, makes a vital difference to these teachers and their students.

How it works

  • Nominate how much you wish to donate to the program from your salary on a regular basis.
  • Workplace giving donations are deducted automatically from your salary, via the payroll system.
  • Post-tax donations are tax deductible.
  • Donations are transferred to Catholic Mission for predetermined projects that support teachers in developing countries.
  • Catholic Mission is the Australian agency of the Pontifical Missionary Societies, and is a registered charity with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status, so your donations are tax deductible.
  • Workplace giving greatly reduces Catholic Mission’s administration costs. Because we only process one lump donation from the CSO each pay period, there is no need to issue receipts to the individual employees who make the donations. Therefore, more money reaches our local project partners who need it most.

What are the benefits of the program?

  • It is easy and effortless.
  • It is flexible—you can join, alter or withdraw at anytime.
  • You make donations to Teachers Helping Teachers program in an efficient and tax-effective manner. Your tax benefit occurs as you give and according to how much you give.
  • All deductions are itemised on your fortnightly pay advice showing both fortnightly and year to date amounts.

Our Diocese is unique in our support for those less fortunate through the ‘teachers helping teachers’ program. I encourage you all to think about what amount you can give each fortnight to help your fellow teachers and support staff. No matter how large or small, it all makes a difference and I am proud to be a part of this pioneering program.” – Ray Collins, Former Director

How to get started

Just fill out a Teachers Helping Teachers Workplace Giving Registration Form found on the CSO Portal and forward it to your payroll administrator! Workplace Giving is a simple yet powerful way for employees of the Catholic Schools Office to assist Catholic Mission in delivering services to vulnerable communities via regular payroll deductions.

Once established, your Workplace Giving regular contribution provides both the CSO and Catholic Mission and with a low-cost and low-maintenance way to support our Teachers Helping Teachers program.

How will I know the difference my contribution makes?

Catholic Mission is the Australian agency of the international Pontifical Mission Societies. Each year suitable international projects that support the work of teachers around the world are identified for support by the Catholic Schools Office. Once agreed, funds raised by the Teachers Helping Teachers workplace giving program are transferred by Catholic Mission to these projects.

Projects are developed with in-country partners and are overseen by the local Bishop. Catholic Mission staff regularly monitor and visit projects to ensure the best possible sustainable outcomes are achieved. Update reports of project outcomes will be provided by Catholic Mission for distribution to contributing staff in the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese.