CPSL was established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia.
CPSL is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).
Catholic Professional Standards Ltd is governed in accordance with the company’s Constitution. The current Constitution can be read here. The Constitution was last amended in November 2018.
In accordance with the Constitution, the Members are represented by two Member Representatives. The Member Representatives are:
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference:
Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane
Bishop William Wright, Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle
Catholic Religious Australia:
Sr Clare Nolan rsc, Congregational Leader, Sisters of Charity
Fr Tom McDonough cp, Provincial, Passionist Fathers
The Board meets with the Member Representatives twice a year (May and November).
Board of Directors
Catholic Professional Standards Ltd (CPSL) operates as an independent entity. Board directors are lay men and women with professional expertise in governance, law, education, child protection, human services, safeguarding and regulation.
There are no bishops, priests or religious brothers or sisters on the Board.
The Honourable Geoff Giudice AO (November 2016)
Geoff Giudice has a background in industrial relations and labour law having worked in the union movement and the retail industry before commencing legal practice, first as a solicitor, and subsequently a member of the Victorian Bar. He was appointed to the Federal Court and was president of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission in 1997 and became the inaugural president of Fair Work Australia (now the Fair Work Commission) in 2009, retiring in 2012.
Geoff has degrees in Law and Arts from the University of Melbourne and is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School (Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law).
Since 2012 Geoff has been involved in a range of activities including chair of the AFL Players Disputes Board, a member of the AFL Anti-Doping Appeal Board and the establishment of industrial relations systems in developing countries.
Geoff is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School and is currently Chair of the Independent Review Panel under the Gambling Regulation Act 2003 (Vic).
Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne Law School (Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law)
Chair, Independent Review Panel, Gambling Regulation Act 2003 (Vic)
Member, AFL Tribunal
Patricia Faulkner AO (November 2016)
MBA, BA (Econ), Dip Ed
Patricia Faulkner is a former secretary of the Department of Human Services in Victoria. In this role, Patricia led portfolios including child protection, youth justice, public hospitals, public housing, disability accommodation and community health services.
In 2015-16, Patricia was deputy commissioner of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.
For 25 years Patricia has led large complex organisations and held a variety of chairman and director roles with government entities and not for profit boards across a range of sectors.
Patricia is currently Chair of Jesuit Social Services, Chair of the Melbourne Racing Club Foundation and Chair of the CBA Advisory Panel.
Chair, Advisory Panel Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA)
Chair, Jesuit Social Services
Chair, Melbourne Racing Club Foundation
Board Member, First State Super
Committee Member, Melbourne Racing Club
Board Member, Melbourne Theatre Company
Chair, Melbourne Academic Centre for Health Council (MACH)
Councillor, Caritas Australia
Professor The Honourable Michael Lavarch AO (August 2017)
Professor Michael Lavarch has had extensive involvement in Australian public life, serving in local government before being elected to Federal Parliament in 1987, serving as attorney general in the Keating Government from 1993-1996.
Since leaving Parliament in 1996, Michael has been the secretary general of the Law Council of Australia, dean of Law at QUT and, since 2012, Deputy Chief Commissioner and Commissioner, Risk, Intelligence and Regulatory Support at the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).
Michael has worked with organisations supporting child welfare programs including the Forde Foundation which was established by the Queensland Government in response to the findings into the abuse of children in Queensland institutions.
Michael is currently Chair of the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Ltd and Chief Adjudicator with the Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code Adjudication Panel.
Chair, Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Ltd
Chief Adjudicator, Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code Adjudication Panel
Chair, Way Forward Debt Solutions Ltd
Co-Chair, Path to Treaty Panel
Dr Robyn Miller (August 2017)
PhD, MFT, GradDipFT, BSocSc (Social Work)
Dr Robyn Miller brings over 30 years’ experience in community services, local government and child protection sectors, and has practised in both the public and private sectors as a therapist, clinical supervisor, consultant and lecturer.
From 2006-15 Robyn provided professional leadership as the chief practitioner within the Department of Human Services in Victoria, was a member of the Victorian Child Death Review Committee for 10 years and worked as a consultant with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Since 2016, Robyn has been the CEO of MacKillop Family Services, which provides specialist services to vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people and their families in Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia.
Chief Executive Officer, MacKillop Family Services
Board member, Catholic Social Services Australia
Member, Ministerial Advisory Group (Youth Justice Custodial Facilities Work Group), Department of Justice & Community Safety (VIC)
Member, Expert Advisory Committee (Countering Violence Extremism), Department of Justice & Community Safety (VIC)
Dr Ruth Shean (February 2018)
Dr Ruth Shean is a former senior public servant in the Western Australian government with more than 30 years of experience in governance, corporate management and culture change.
Ruth is the former Western Australian Commissioner for Public Sector Standards with responsibility for oversight of legislative and regulatory standards in the WA public sector.
Ruth is the former Director General of the Department of Training and Workforce Development in WA. Previous government CEO roles include Director General of the Disability Services Commission and Director General of the Department for Community Development.
Ruth has extensive corporate experience within non-government sectors, including as CEO of the Cerebral Palsy Association, and has been on the governing councils of Curtin and Murdoch Universities. She has a strong commitment to clients, customer service and evidence based practice.
Chair and non-executive Director, National Center for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), and Member Audit and Risk Management Committee
Non-executive Director, St Catherine’s College, University of Western Australia, and Member Governance Committee
Trustee, Jon and Barry Brealey Charitable Trust
Chair and non-executive Director, Cancer Council of Western Australia, and Member Finance Committee
Non-executive Director, Cancer Council of Australia
Dr Kerrie Tuite (February 2018)
EdD, Med, BA, Cert Teach
Dr Kerrie Tuite is a leading Queensland educator with more than 30 years working in schools and senior education policy development and curriculum roles.
Kerrie is the Principal of Mount Alvernia College, Brisbane and President of the Association of Catholic Secondary Schools Queensland and was one of the first women to hold a principal position in an Australian Christian Brothers school following her appointment as principal at St James College in Brisbane in 2002.
Kerrie is past president of the Catholic Secondary Principals Association Queensland and board director of Catholic Secondary Principals Australia.
Kerrie is also a member of the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority Steering Committee for Senior Schooling Review, and a member of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools, the Australasian Alliance of Girls’ Schools and Franciscan Schools Australia.
Principal, Mount Alvernia College Brisbane
President, Association of Catholic Secondary Schools Queensland
Member, Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority Steering Committee for Senior Schooling Review
Member, Queensland Catholic Education Commission
The Honourable John Watkins AM (November 2016)
MA, LLB, DipEd, HonDLitt
After 16 years as a teacher in Catholic schools, Dr John Watkins served as a member of the NSW Parliament from 1995 until 2008 spending 10 years as a minister in eight portfolios including Education, Police and Transport.
In the three years prior to retiring from Parliament, John served as deputy premier of NSW.
After leaving political life, John was the CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW until retiring from that position in October 2017.
John served as chancellor of the University of New England, stepping down in 2014, in 2013 was awarded an honorary doctorate by Macquarie University and in 2015 he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
John currently serves on a number of boards including as Chair of Catholic Health Australia and as a Board Member of Central Coast Health.
Chair, Catholic Health Australia
Governing Committee, Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA)
Board member, Central Coast Health
Councillor, Caritas Australia
Whistleblowing at CPSL
This Whistleblower Policy has been developed to enhance good governance at Catholic Professional Standards Ltd (CPSL).
The Corporations Act 2001 (Commonwealth) provides a consolidated whistleblower protection regime for Australia's corporate sector. This regime requires public companies, including not for profits, to have a whistleblower policy and make the policy available to their officers and employees.
A transparent whistleblower policy is essential to good risk management and corporate governance. A policy such as this helps uncover misconduct that may not otherwise be detected. This Whistleblower Policy is an important tool for helping CPSL to identify wrongdoing through providing a convenient and safe reporting mechanism, and protection for people who make serious wrongdoing disclosures.