Clonard was founded in 1956 by the Brigidine Congregation, after the sisters arrived in Australia from Ireland in 1883.

In 2014, The NSW and Victorian Provinces of the Brigidine Congregation formed to become the educational and community works of Kildare Ministries.

Kildare Ministries has the authority to act as a Church body (Public Juridic Person) and continues to involve lay people at all levels of governance including Clonard College. 

The vision for Kildare Ministries centres on the transformative power of education and service underpinned by sound principles of practice and is based in a rich Catholic and spiritual tradition. Essentially, Kildare Ministries strive to offer educational and community services within an inclusive and socially just context. 

In September 2013 Kildare Ministries was established by the Holy See as a Public Juridic Person (PJP) at the request of the Congregation of the Sisters of St Brigid (Brigidine Sisters) to succeed and to carry on the ministries previously conducted by the Brigidine Sisters in Australia. Its civil incorporation is under the Roman Catholic Church Communities Lands Act 1942 (NSW) under the name Trustees of Kildare Ministries (TKM). As a PJP, Trustees of Kildare Ministries is the Catholic Church authority for the schools and community works previously conducted by the Brigidine Sisters in Australia. 

In March 2014 the Victorian Institute of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Presentation Sisters) was accepted as the second member of TKM.  

In April 2014, Kildare Education Ministries (KEM), a public company limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), was incorporated to govern the Brigidine Colleges in Victoria and South Australia. The Board Directors of KEM are appointed by TKM to govern the Colleges in the areas of education, financial, property and employment responsibilities and to plan for the ongoing development of the Colleges. TKM, as a Member for KEM, has reserve powers in areas such as the ratification of the appointment of a Principal and approval of capital loans. 

Each College is operated by KEM which is responsible for the Catholic ethos and mission of the College and for the administration of the temporal goods assigned to it for its work. 
The Stewardship Council of Clonard College has delegated authority from KEM in matters such as policy, strategic planning, annual budget approval and community liaison.  

The Principal of Clonard College has delegated responsibility from KEM to employ and supervise staff, and to manage the College. 

Stewardship Council

In 1996 a new governance structure was established for all Kildare Ministries Schools. This involved the development of a Stewardship Council comprising two Kildare Ministries representatives and seven other members from the community, who may include parents of present and past students, and friends of the school.

The role of the Stewardship Council is to ensure that the school remains faithful to the Kildare Ministries Criteria For An Education That Is Catholic and the Kildare Ministries Sponsored Core Values.

The Stewardship Council is involved and responsible for: the mission of the school, review of policy, long term planning, finances recurrent, and capital and public relations.

The function of the Stewardship Council is to approve policies but the implementation of such policies is the function of the Co Principals and the staff. Appointment to the Stewardship Council is made by Kildare Ministries.

Greer Lamaro-Haintz  Damian McKew Catherine Jack Chairperson Principal Council Secretary

Lisa-Jane Moody

Yvonne Gdak

Helen St John

Liz Coles

Michelle Sodomaco

Catherine Blythe

Michael Doyle