Protecting children and vulnerable adults
Australian Catholics is a ministry of the Australian Jesuit Province. The Province has policies in place regarding how both religious and lay people engage in their ministry. The principles, protocols and standards of practice governing the work of Jesuits and lay partners are outlined in the document:
Creating a safe environment in Jesuit Schools and ministries: Principles, Protocols, Standards of Practice (pdf).
Principles and procedures relating to how Australian Church ministries engage in ministry are also outlined in the Towards Healing document, as well as the documents Integrity in Service of the Church and Integrity in Ministry. Issues involving Church-related abuse are dealt with via the National Committee for Professional Standards.
The Truth, Justice and Healing Council is coordinating the Catholic Church’s response to the Royal Commission with a commitment to cooperation, openness, full disclosure and justice for victims and survivors.
Reporting, remedy and redress
If anyone wishes to bring a complaint of abuse against any member of staff, present or past, of a Jesuit school or other ministry, they may do so in any of the following ways:
1. If you believe a crime has been committed, contact the police or relevant authority in your state:
Police emergency number - 000 (all states)
2. Contact the office of the Professional Standards Resource Group (established jointly by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and the Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes) at the appropriate number as listed below.
3. Contact the Head of the relevant school or relevant ministry
4. Contact the Jesuit Provincial’s Assistant for Professional Standards (currently Fr Jamie Calder SJ) on 03 9810 7300.
Please note that when children are involved, many states have mandatory reporting provisions to the police or relevant state authority.
Professional Standards Resource Groups
New South Wales/ACT - 1300 369 977
Northern Territory - 0418 736 890
Queensland - 1800 337 928
South Australia - 1800 139 020
Tasmania - 1800 356 613
Victoria - 1800 816 030
Western Australia - 1800 072 390