Our Purpose

Catholic Professional Standards Ltd is committed to fostering a culture of safety and care for children and vulnerable adults by developing National Catholic Safeguarding Standards.

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Who we are

Find out about our purpose, our values and our commitment to keeping children and vulnerable adults safe.

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Safe Church

Find out more about how we are helping to maintain a Church that keeps children and vulnerable people safe from abuse.

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Report a concern for a child or vulnerable adult. Find out about support services.

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Robert Fitzgerald in conversation with Geraldine Doogue

Robert Fitzgerald, former Commissioner reflects on the safeguarding issues for the Catholic Church which emerged from the five-year Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

National Catholic Safeguarding Standards

The National Catholic Safeguarding Standards set out 10 Standards, providing the framework for Catholic Church entities to build child-safe cultures and to advance the safety of children across the Catholic Church in Australia.

The National Catholic Safeguarding Standards take into account the guidance of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the National Statement of Principles for Child Safe Organisations from the Australian Human Rights Commission (draft).

  1. Committed leadership, governance and culture
  2. Children are safe, informed and participate
  3. Partnering with families, carers and communities
  4. Equity is promoted and diversity is respected
  5. Robust human resource management
  6. Effective complaints management
  7. Ongoing education and training
  8. Safe physical and online environments
  9. Continuous improvement
  10. Policies and procedures support child safety

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Latest news

25 February

Catholic Professional Standards Ltd releases Pilot Audit Summary Report

Monday, 25 February 2019

Catholic Professional Standards Limited has released learnings from four pilot audits conducted in 2018 to test the CPSL audit approach and methodology.  

19 February

Second draft of National Catholic Safeguarding Standards released

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

A second draft of the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards has been released prior to final adoption.

19 February

CPSL Newsletter Vol 2, Ed 2 February 2019

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

The second draft of the Standards is now available on CPSL's website. It was provided to the November plenary meeting of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and to Catholic Religious Australia for their consideration.  CPSL is now working with ACBC and CRA to finalise the Standards. Importantly, a comprehensive range of materials have also been published to support the implementation of the Standards. 

Training and events


NCSS Introductory Session for Leaders

Sydney, New South Wales

NCSS Introductory Session for Leaders

Perth, Western Australia