Plans to build 12 new Catholic schools in Victoria have been thrown into doubt because of uncertainty about federal education funding, according to a Herald Sun report in The Australian.
And parents could face higher fees at Catholic schools if there is a shortfall in the Federal Government's multi-billion-dollar school funding overhaul.
Catholic Education executive director Stephen Elder (pictured) issued the warnings at a federal parliamentary committee hearing in Canberra on school funding.
"We actually can't commit to those schools because we don't know what capital we're going to get," he said.
After the hearing Mr Elder said Catholic education was "under massive pressure to meet demand for new schools because of uncertainty surrounding capital funding".
The proposed schools, revealed by the Herald Sun in December, are mostly in Labor-held seats in Melbourne's outer northern and western suburbs.
On school fees, Mr Elder told the committee it would depend which funding model was chosen by the Government as negotiations were still in progress.
He resisted saying what the impact could be as he was worried "it may create panic" among parents.
FULL STORY Uncertainty over funding leaves 12 new Catholic schools in doubt (Australian)