Working at Brisbane Catholic Education:

Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) encompasses a wide network of over 140 schools, delivering teaching and learning for students from Prep to Year 12.

The Archdiocese of Brisbane encompasses a vast geographical area that spans across south-east Queensland, including metropolitan Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Ipswich, the Lockyer and Brisbane valleys, the South Burnett district, and the Fraser Coast. 

Brisbane Catholic Education is the largest diocese in Queensland and the second largest non-government employer in the state. The organization employs a workforce of over 12,500 individuals spanning across 150 school communities in South East Queensland, as well as operating from 7 office locations.

Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE), led by its Executive Director, holds the responsibility for providing a range of services, programs, and resources in schools. Schools are organized into clusters, typically based on geographical areas.



Organisation Size

10,001 – 15,000

not known

Women employees

14 weeks

Paid parental leave (in addition to Govt. leave)

not known

Key management roles held by women

2 weeks

Paid secondary carers leave (in addition to Govt. leave)

Above data sourced from the organisations’ own website and if applicable the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA). Data is also crowdsourced from our community. If you work in HR for this organisation and wish to update the above data please email updates to:

Brisbane Catholic Education’s Scorecard

A list of the local awards and recognition the company has achieved for gender equality and workplace culture initiatives.


Not a WEGA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality  The Workplace Gender Equality Agency awards a Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation. It is a voluntary leading-practice recognition program designed to encourage, recognise and promote organisations' active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.


Not a WEGA Pay Equity Ambassador  Workplace Gender Equality Agency Pay Equity Ambassador organisations must have: undertaken a pay gap analysis of its workforce in the last two years, taken action on the results, reported pay equity metrics to the executive and board, and communicated their pay equity initiatives to their employees.

Employee Ratings

Scores for BCE are based on 20 ratings*

Overall Job Satisfaction (out of 5)



would recommend to other women


believe women are treated equally to men

Equal Opportunities

We asked current or past employees to give BCE a rating out of 5 stars for equality. The data displays how satisfied reviewers are with equality of leadership opportunities and pay.

We also asked how equally they believe all employees are treated regardless of differences inc. gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age etc.

  • Representation of women in leadership – 3 (out of 5) 60% 60%
  • satisfaction with pay – 4 80% 80%
  • employees treated equally regardless of difference – 2 40% 40%
  • CEO supports gender equality – 3 60% 60%


We asked employees to give BCE a rating out of 5 stars for the level of flexibility offered for work scheduling, hours and location. We also measured support for paid time off, including annual leave, personal leave and sick days.

  • support for Flexible work – 2 (out of 5)
  • ability to work remotely – 1
  • ability to work part time or compressed days – 1
  • ability to take paid time off work – 1


We asked employees to give BCE a rating out of 5 stars for their policies and practises that support parents and families. 

  • Parental leave policy & practises – 1 (out of 5)
  • support for taking parental leave – 3
  • Formal & informal support for families – 1

Development & Enrichment

We asked employees to give BCE a rating out of 5 stars for the support they received for their learning & development, mentorship and wellbeing at work. We also asked how supported they feel by management.

  • Learning & Development Opportunities – 2 (out of 5)
  • formal & informal mentoring – 1
  • supportive management – 1
  • wellbeing initiatives – 1


We asked employees to give BCE a rating out of 5 stars for how respectful and inclusive the culture is.  We measured how responsive BCE are to issues raised and how equally all employees are treated at the company. Finally, we measured how comfortable reviewers felt to bring their ‘whole self’ to work and be accepted.

  • respectful & inclusive colleagues – 3 (out of 5)
  • employer responsiveness to discrimination – 1
  • sense of belonging – 2

*Above data was crowdsourced from community surveys and as such is anecdotal

Employee Reviews

We encourage women to leave anonymous reviews of their experiences at Brisbane Catholic Education. These are individual opinions and personal stories, that may provide insight into what it’s really like to work at the company, however they have not been verified.

five stars

They treat schools as businesses, not communities. Join the union and know your rights around any reproductive-associated leave”

Overall Job Satisfaction:  2 / 5 

Do you believe women and men are treated equally?


What’s unequal?

Development Opportunities, Promotion, Performance Reviews

Have you been treated unequally due to aspects of your identity?

Gender, Parental status, Age”

One thing they can improve: 

More flexibility, Better pay & benefits, Improved work-life balance

Would you recommend this employer to other women? 

“No, recently have had a series of miscarriages and pregnancy losses. Sadly, I had to get the Education union involved as my Male manager enforced me to take sick leave as he was not aware of what leave his workers were entitled to. I had to ask the union to organise letters to ensure that my sick leave would be returned and the days I required off while miscarrying were taken as “compassionate leave”. During these days I was also required to leave written plans for the substitute teacher. The treatment from my administration team was poor due to not only my manager’s lack of knowledge about leave (part of his role is to know this) but the corporate and insensitive ways people handled this during what was personally, an awful time. Upon my return to work, there was no relaxation of duties required for my role and no support given.

The system for applying for leave whereby the front reception scans the medical carts and applications to head office was also not confidential and therefore many people knew my private medical information without me telling them. I would not recommend this employer to another woman or person who gets a period or is planning to fall pregnant.”

Position / Department:

Not Published

UnSatisfied Anonymous Reviewer

Mid Level, Posted 2023

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