Professional Standards

SA Professional Standards Office

The Port Pirie Diocese, in conjunction with the South Australian Professional Standards Office in the Archdiocese of Adelaide, work to implement the highest Professional Standards.The purpose of the Professional Standards Office (SA PSO) is to encourage and support the Catholic Church in South Australia to regularly review, develop and implement safe and ethical practices and respond professionally and with compassion to disclosures of adult survivors of emotional, physical and child sexual abuse and current incidents of adult boundary violations and misconduct.

South Australian Professional Standards Office
39 Wakefield Street, Adelaide, SA 5000
Ph: +61 8 8210 8275

National Response Protocol

The National Response Protocol is a new framework for Catholic entities across Australia to respond consistently to people raising concerns or allegations of child abuse. The National Response Protocol outlines principles and procedures to offer a consistent response to children and adults who have been subjected to abuse by Church personnel.

Vos Estis Lux Mundi

In May 2019 Pope Francis issued the apostolic letter motu proprio Vos Estis Lux Mundi. Document sets out complaint and investigation procedures regarding crimes of sexual abuse committed by clerics and members of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and concealing crimes of sexual abuse by Bishops and their equivalents.

Integrity in Ministry

Integrity in Ministry is a code of conduct for clergy and religious engaged in ministry on behalf of the Catholic Church in Australia. It was developed in 2004 and outlines the principles and standards of behaviour for Catholic clergy and members of religious institutes in Australia.

Integrity in the Service

Integrity in the Service of the Church is a code of conduct developed in 2011 that outlines standards of behaviour for lay workers in the Catholic Church in Australia — both employees and volunteers.

Diocesan Code of Conduct

The Catholic Diocese of Port Pirie is committed to a Code of Conduct to be observed by all clergy, religious, employees, volunteers and participants who contribute to the various functions and activities of church life throughout the Diocese. The aim of this Code of Conduct is to maintain the expected ethical levels of respect and care for all people. In the performance of their duties, diocesan clergy, religious, employees, volunteers and participants are expected to support the policies and procedures, vision, purpose, values and service delivery principles that underpin the Diocese.

Other Services

There are specific services that provide information, support, advocacy and counselling for adult survivors of sexual, physical and other abuses. Many of these services are free of charge and provide confidential support and information. Regardless of how recent or how long ago the sexual or other abuse occurred, consider contacting a support service to seek counselling and/or other supports.

Relationships Australia (SA) – 1800 998 187

Victim Support Services – 08 8231 5626

1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732

Yarrow Place – 08 8226 8777  ||  1800 817 421  ||  08 2886 8787 (a/h)

Police – 131 444

National Redress Scheme – 1800 737 377