The professionalism of the Church is of paramount importance in today’s world. Its reputation and integrity needs to be monitored and protected to safeguard its core ministry from corruption and interference.

The responsibilities of the Professional Standards Committee are as follows:

  • To promote the overall professionalism of the diocese through the implementation and design of policy, consultation and professional learning.
  • To participate in dialogue on professional standards issues and related matters with other Catholic dioceses, parishes, education offices, Catholic Professional Standards Ltd, Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) and government agencies
  • To consider correspondence with complaints and reports of professional misconduct or abuse.
  • To formulate avenues of investigation for complaints and reports of professional misconduct or abuse
  • To review current policies, principles and procedures and implement new policies and practices.
  • To report on progress of active litigation claims involving the Diocese of Sale
  • To refer matters for legal advice as deemed necessary
  • To consider the implications of Parliamentary Inquiry findings and Royal Commission hearings into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.
  • To review violations to the Victorian Institute of Teaching Code of Professional Practice and Conduct and the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (ATSIL) standards
  • To promote adherence to the policies of Catholic Professional Standards Ltd.

Professional Standards Committee meetings are held bi-monthly at the Bishop’s Office, Sion House, Warragul. See Committees and Commissions page for a listing of committee members.

If you wish to contact, please feel free to email the Executive Officer, Angela Lecomber, or contact her on (03) 5614 5140.