About the Australian Catholic Ministry Register (ACMR)

The Australian Catholic Ministry Register (ACMR) is a national database which supports communication between dioceses and religious institutes about the credentialling of clerics and religious in the practice of their ministry.

From March 2021, the ACMR is administered by Australian Catholic Safeguarding Ltd.

Background

The ACMR provides a mechanism for ascertaining the “good standing” of an individual priest or religious in the event that the individual wishes to exercise ministry beyond their ‘home’ jurisdiction.  The ACMR was originally established by the Catholic Church in Australia under Towards Healing and provides an in-depth validation and credentialling process which builds on and extends mandated statutory checks such as Working with Children and Working with Vulnerable People checks.

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference at their Plenary meeting in November 2020, decided to retain the ACMR and its function within the Church, transferring responsibility for the maintenance of the ACMR from the Towards Healing framework to the new national body. 

Statement by a cleric or religious (previously Towards Healing 45.6)

Whenever a cleric or religious is to transfer from one diocese or institute to another, (whether within Australia or coming from overseas) or is to carry out a ministry or apostolate in another diocese or institute, the Church Authority to which the person is to be transferred shall ask for a written statement from the priest or religious indicating whether there have been any substantiated complaints of abuse against him or her of whether there are known circumstances that could lead to a complaint of abuse. Such statements shall be held as confidential documents by the Church Authority.

Statement by a Church Authority (previously Towards Healing 45.7)

In these circumstances the Church Authority in the diocese of institute where the cleric or religious previously lived and worked, shall provide a statement in writing to the new diocese or institute indicating whether such authority knows of any complaints of abuse which have been substantiated or is aware of circumstances that could lead to a complaint of abuse, or whether it considers that there would be an unacceptable risk to children, young people or vulnerable adults if a person were to be allowed to engage in particular kinds of ministry. Where there has been a substantiated complaint, the Church Authority shall furnish all information necessary to evaluate the seriousness of the offence, and shall report on all treatment undertaken, and other measurers employed to ensure that further offences do not occur. Such statements shall be held as confidential documents by the church Authorities.

The rollout of the Australian Catholic Ministry Register commenced in January 2016. In 2019 the management of the Register was transferred to the Australian Catholic Centre for Professional Standards, an agency of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.  From March 2021, the Australian Catholic Ministry Register is administered by ACSL.

How the ACMR works

An individual is registered on the ACMR after both they and their Bishop or Congregational Leader have provided the necessary information to confirm the individual’s good standing. This means that both the individual seeking to minister in a new place and the Bishop or Congregational Leader from their place where the individual has been living and working must complete declaration forms indicating whether there have been any substantiated complaints of abuse against that individual or whether there would be an unacceptable risk to children, young people or vulnerable adults if the individual were to be allowed to engage in particular kinds of ministry.

The individual seeking to minister in a new place can provide their ACMR ID details to the receiving Church body. The ACMR ID can be verified on-line at inquiry.ncps.org.au when a person's ACMR ID is entered.  

The Diocese or Religious Institute are expected to provide updates on changes to an individual’s status to the ACMR Supervisor as soon as practical.  The nominating Church Body is responsible for what is published on the ACMR regarding one of its personnel and is required to keep information current.

To verify an ACMR ID, click here.

To contact ACSL regarding the ACMR, please email or call:

ACMRadmin@catholic.org.au 
Phone Number: 02 6201 9802