Catholic Professional Standards Ltd (CPSL) was established by the leadership of the Catholic Church in Australia in November 2016. Its mission is to promote the dignity and welfare of all persons who come into contact with the Church and its works, especially the young and vulnerable.
CPSL’s founding Members are the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia which together represent more than 200 dioceses and Religious Orders across Australia.
CPSL is a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee and registered as a charity in Australia.
It has been established as a carefully considered response by the Catholic Church to what has emerged during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. CPSL will put into action the determination of the Church to do all in its power to ensure that abuse, in any form, should never again occur in the Catholic Church in Australia.
CPSL is an independent Board of Directors made up of lay men and women with experience in governance, the law, child protection and community services. None of the CPSL Directors are drawn from the clergy or the religious orders.
CPSL's primary function is to develop and audit standards for the protection of all vulnerable people who might come into contact with the Church in Australia. Initially it will focus on child protection standards.
CPSL will set nationally consistent standards, audit and report on compliance with those standards across Catholic Church Authorities. The standards will be designed to protect children and vulnerable people from abuse or exploitation.
CPSL will enter into contractual arrangements with Church Authorities to ensure that all Catholic entities subject to their authority meet the Professional Standards. We will audit compliance within the contractual arrangements to ensure ongoing compliance with the Professional Standards.
We will provide education and training directly or indirectly in respect of the Professional Standards, to both support the implementation of the Professional Standards and to foster a culture of safety and care.
CPSL began its operational functions in July 2017 with the commencement of our first Chief Executive Officer.Read CPSL Constitution Click here