The Australian Jesuit Province has policies in place regarding how both religious and lay people engage in their ministry. The principles, protocols and standards of practice governing the work of Jesuits and lay partners are outlined in the document:
Australian Province Policy for Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
Principles and procedures relating to how Australian Church ministries engage in ministry are also outlined in the Towards Healing document, as well as the documents Integrity in Service of the Church and Integrity in Ministry.
Issues involving Church-related abuse are dealt with via the National Committee for Professional Standards.
The Truth, Justice and Healing Council is coordinating the Catholic Church’s response to the Royal Commission with a commitment to cooperation, openness, full disclosure and justice for victims and survivors.
Professional Standards Consultative Panel
The Australian Jesuit Province Professional Standards Consultative Panel is an independent group that has been set up to advise the Provincial on matters related to professional standards. The five-member panel is made up of professionals with experience in a range of areas inclduing safeguarding and supporting young people, understanding and preventing sexual violence and abuse, psychology and risk assessment.
Mr Bernie Geary
Professor Stephen Smallbone
Dr June Kane AM
Ms Simone Shaw
Mr David White
Reporting, remedy and redress
If anyone wishes to bring a complaint of abuse against any member of staff, present or past, of a Jesuit school or other ministry, they may do so in any of the following ways:
1. To report a non-urgent crime call 131 444 or in Victoria contact your local police station. For emergency assistance call 000.
2. Contact the office of the Professional Standards Resource Group (established jointly by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and the Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes) at the appropriate number as listed below.
3. Contact the the Director of Professional Standards, Mr Simon Davies, on 03 9810 7300 or email email@example.com.
4. Contact the Head of the relevant school or relevant ministry
Please note that when children are involved, many states have mandatory reporting provisions to the police or relevant state authority.
PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS RESOURCE GROUPS
New South Wales/ACT - 1300 369 977
Northern Territory - 0418 736 890
Queensland - 1800 337 928
South Australia - 1800 139 020
Tasmania - 1800 356 613
Victoria - 1800 816 030
Western Australia - 1800 072 390
For other queries regarding Professional Standards issues, please contact our Professional Standards Office.