From August 2019 to February 2020 Catholic Professional Standards Limited (CPSL) conducted an audit of the safeguarding processes of the Diocese of Rockhampton.
CPSL was established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) and Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) in response to the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission), presented on 15 December 2017 to the Governor General of Australia. As part of its constitutional mandate, CPSL has developed the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards (NCSS), to provide the framework for Catholic Church entities to build safe cultures and environments and to ensure that safeguarding practices are consistently applied across the Australian Catholic Church. The first edition of the NCSS was formally released on 30 May 2019 and applies to all Catholic ministries, including Catholic dioceses; religious institutes; institutions providing education, health and aged care, social and community services, pastoral care and other services. CPSL has also established a risk-based audit program to assess compliance with the NCSS.
The audit report as a result of the audit includes the results of the NCSS compliance assessment for the Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton.
The final report is now made available for all to review.CPSL Audit Cover Letter
CPSL Audit Report Final