Catholic Professional Standards Ltd (CPSL) was formed in response to the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

CPSL was established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia.  It operates independently of the Church.  There are no bishops, priests or religious brothers or sisters on the CPSL Board.  CPSL board directors are lay people with professional expertise in the fields of law, education, human services, safeguarding and regulation.

CPSL acknowledges the lifelong trauma of abuse victims and survivors and their families; the failure of the Catholic Church to protect, believe and respond justly to children and vulnerable adults; and the consequent breaches of community trust.

Statement of Purpose

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

CPSL will audit compliance with these Standards, holding the leaders and members of Catholic organisations accountable for the safety of children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with the Church and its works.  This includes Catholic dioceses, congregations and institutions providing education, health and aged care, social and community services, pastoral care and other services.

CPSL will publicly report audit findings and provide education and training in respect of the Safeguarding Standards.

Download and print this brochure with general information about CPSL to learn more. 

You can also watch a video we have made titled "Introducing CPSL" to learn more about the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards and our role and responsibilities as an organisation. Watch the video here.


Our values define us.

Catholic Professional Standards Ltd is committed to acting with courage, compassion and honesty. These values guide the way we develop and manage our organisation and inform cultural change within the Catholic Church to protect children and vulnerable people.

  • CourageWe stand firm, act responsively and persevere
  • CompassionWe honour the dignity of all people and work with understanding, respect and care
  • HonestyWe embrace openness and transparency, and act with integrity, probity, fairness and consistency

We seek to embed our values in everything we do.

Safety of children and vulnerable adults is paramount

Catholic Professional Standards Ltd is committed to the safety of children and vulnerable adults.  Their protection and safety is our priority.  We actively seek to listen to, empower and protect children and vulnerable adults.

Catholic Professional Standards Ltd has zero tolerance of abuse.

Our Code of Conduct applies to board directors, staff, contractors, volunteers and authorised persons engaged by Catholic Professional Standards Ltd.

Read our Code of Conduct