About the CDF

The Catholic Development Fund has been operational in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle for over 50 years. 


The CDF provides a treasury function for the diocese, assisting with the management of diocesan finances (parishes, schools etc) as well as offering retail clients a range of investment products. The Fund's main aim is to help the Church achieve its pastoral mission and charitable work. Clients’ funds are used to enable diocesan and parish projects to be completed at lower cost – in other words our parishes, schools and diocesan groups do not have to borrow money commercially.


More importantly, however, the CDF's surplus is used to assist the diocese. An investment with the Fund, therefore, can be seen as an ethical one. The security of your investment is our highest priority with all funds being guaranteed by the Catholic Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle and the total assets of the diocese. We also have an arrangement whereby all dioceses of the Catholic Church have agreed to contribute towards returning your money if we fail to do so.


The CDF offers members an attractive range of competitive investment products, as well as an opportunity to support the pastoral, educational and care services of the diocese.


Anyone can invest with the CDF. The CDF offers a small, but attractive range of products to clients. We endeavour to appeal to as wide a cross section of the Catholic community as possible, so all have the opportunity to share our mission. Read more about the products offered to individuals and families.


Mission Statement

The Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Development Fund (CDF) exists to provide prudent financial management and to further the pastoral mission of the Catholic Church in the diocese.


By harnessing the financial resources of the Catholic community we are able to provide cost-effective financial arrangements for capital works and other essential pastoral programs.