In 2007 the Brothers entrusted the mission in education — inherited from Edmund Rice — to a new body: the Australian schools with their governing and administrative structures formed Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA).
The biggest single change to take place in Australasia for the Christian Brothers and their Australian schools occurred on 1st October 2007. At this time the four Australian Provinces, the New Zealand Province and the PNG Region merged to form the new Oceania Province.
At the same time, the Brothers entrusted their mission in education — inherited from Edmund Rice — to a new body: the Australian schools with their governing and administrative structures formed Edmund Rice Education Australia. The schools in New Zealand and PNG will continue their present relationships with the Congregation.
In the main, the Brothers will direct their energies to work with those most in need. Ministries with refugees, with Indigenous people, for social justice, with the struggling of Africa and East Timor and the Philippines have become new foci of ministry. Throughout the world, the Congregation is finding opportunities for growth in bringing hope to those who have none.
The Council and Board of EREA have been entrusted with the governance of the schools. In turn, they have appointed an executive (based in Melbourne for its central position) which will administer the schools; ensure their faithfulness to their mission; and maintain relationships with Church and government authorities.
The Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) logo design embraces symbols which are present in the crests of the schools of Edmund Rice Education Australia.
The essential elements of the cross and the book are representing spirituality and education in symbiotic relationship which is the basis of the mission of Edmund Rice Education Australia.
Against the background of the stylized Celtic Cross which symbolizes Edmund Rice and the Christian Brother heritage, the Book of nowledge represents the mission of Catholic Education. The open pages bearing alpha & omega — God is our beginning and end — also represents the story of each young person influenced by our ministry. The spiral represents their future lives and their influence on the world.
The Green and Gold evokes a sense of Australia and also refers to the Irish heritage. The Southern Cross represents our national context and the guidance upon which we rely from above.