18 December 2018
It is with great sadness that Catherine Sullivan Centre announced this week that the
centre is to close at the end of Term 1, April 2019.
Elizabeth Pooley, Chair of the Board of Catherine Sullivan Centre (CSC) noted: “this
sad decision was not made easily and every effort has been made to explore other
options to retain the Centre. However, time and funding are not on our side.”
The introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has impacted
the early intervention sector and Catherine Sullivan Centre has not been immune.
The transition from block government funding in July 2018 has meant that the
organisation has been struggling to survive on NDIS payments, despite significant
efforts by CSC staff and Board to cut costs and find other funding options.
As a result of this financial insecurity, CSC Board has now made the difficult decision
to cease operation. The term 1 timeframe aims to allow current families time to plan
a transition to other services and for them, the current staff, past parents and the
broader community of supporters time to say goodbye.
Catherine Sullivan Centre, based at Strathfield, has offered an unique, family
focussed program for young children with hearing loss and their families for nearly
50 years. Originally a ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Eastern Australia and the
Solomon Islands, since 2015 it has been under the umbrella of Dominican Education
Australia. The Board acknowledges the care and dedication of the Dominican Sisters
of this ministry for many years. The Dominican ethos of social justice and equity in
education has underpinned and enhanced CSC practice and services. This ethos was
a key reason why CSC was the centre of choice for many families with vulnerable
For further information about this announcement contact;
Elizabeth Pooley: email@example.com