The first edition of the Standards was released in May 2019. The first edition is the result of more than 12 months of development, consultation, feedback and testing.

The draft National Catholic Safeguarding Standards were released in April 2018 followed by nation-wide consultation. A wide range of stakeholders provided feedback. A second draft was released in November 2018.

Implementation and review

The National Catholic Safeguarding Standards apply to all Catholic entities from May 2019 and will remain in force until December 2021.

CPSL welcomes feedback from any interested individuals, groups or organisations regarding the structure, content, applicability and functionality of the Standards. A formal review of this edition of the Standards will be conducted in 2021.

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Resources/good practice examples

A significant and growing pool of tools, resources and good practice examples sit alongside the Standards and their indicators on the CPSL website.

CPSL invites you to share examples of good practice examples, tools and other resources including templates and examples that could be helpful to others in building robust systems to support a culture of safeguarding children.

If you’d like to share something with us, please send us an email at

Consultation report

Over a four week period during June and July 2018, CPSL hosted consultations in cities around Australia to gather feedback on the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards and associated audit program. Consultations were hosted in two different formats:

  1. General Stakeholder Consultations were held in each capital city with representatives from Catholic organisations.  Approximately 350 people attended the seven sessions providing feedback on the audit approach, training required and key challenges facing their organisations when implementing the Standards.
  2. Survivor, Family and Advocate Consultations were held in capital cities as well as two regional centres where institutional abuse was especially prominent. These sessions were publicised through a range of support and advocacy groups and advertised in local papers.  Approximately 60 people attended the seven sessions providing feedback on the Standards and the ‘child-friendly version’ of the Standards, as well as discussing barriers and opportunities for change, including changing church culture, effective complaints handling and creating safe spaces.


Feedback submissions

The following submissions were received in response to the draft National Catholic Safeguarding Standards released in April 2018.  Individuals, organisations and groups responded to an online survey.  Feedback received in formats other than the online survey have not been published.

1    John Rowland pdf

2    Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc pdf

3    Anonymous pdf

4    Kieran Tapsell pdf

5    Anonymous pdf

6    Anonymous pdf

7    Rick Bailey (1) pdf

8    Kevin Raymond pdf

9    Anonymous pdf

10   Guyra Neighbourhood Centre Inc pdf

11   Anonymous pdf

12   Rick Bailey (2) pdf

13   Anonymous pdf

14   Corralee pdf

15   Centacare Catholic Diocese of Ballarat pdf

16   Anonymous pdf

17   Diocese of Ballarat pdf

18   Anonymous pdf

19   Beth Gibson pdf

20   St John of God Healthcare Inc pdf

21   Karel Duivenvoorden pdf

22   Sr Margaret Honner ibvm pdf

23   Anonymous pdf

24   Centacare Bathurst pdf

25   OLSH Safeguarding Office Alice Springs pdf

26   Anonymous pdf

27   Loreto Ministries Ltd pdf

28   Australian Province of the Society of Jesus pdf

29   Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Loreto Sisters pdf

30   Anonymous pdf

31   Rev Dr P A McGavin pdf

32   Anonymous pdf

33   yourtown pdf

34   Ballarat Diocesan Schools Advisory Council pdf

35   Diocese of Bathurst pdf

36   Catholic Religious Australia; Society of Jesus; Diocese of Parramatta; Diocese of Wollongong; Institute of the Sisters of Mercy for Australia and Papua New Guinea; Salesians Don Bosco pdf

37   Anonymous pdf

38   ISMAPNG pdf

39   Anonymous pdf

40   Salesians of Don Bosco pdf

41   Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn pdf

42   Anonymous pdf

43   Diocese of Wollongong pdf

44   Diocese of Parramatta pdf

45   Catholic School Parents Australia pdf

46   Anonymous pdf

47   Syro-Malabar of St Thomas the Apostle pdf

48   Tanya Raffoul pdf

49   Mark Eustance pdf

50   Anonymous pdf

51   Anonymous pdf

52   Marist Schools Australia pdf