Catholic Professional Standards Ltd (CPSL) was established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia in response to the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

CPSL operates independently from the Church.

CPSL board directors are lay people with professional expertise in the fields of law, education, human services, safeguarding and regulation – there are no bishops, priests or religious brothers or sisters on the CPSL Board.

Catholic Professional Standards Ltd (CPSL) is committed to fostering a culture of safety and care for children and vulnerable adults by developing National Catholic Safeguarding Standards.

CPSL will audit compliance with these Standards, holding the leaders and members of Catholic organisations accountable for the safety of children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with the Church and its works. This includes Catholic dioceses, congregations and institutions providing education, health and aged care, social and community services, pastoral care and other services. The draft standards were recently released for consultation with the final standards due for release in September 2018.

Related Link: Catholic Church professional standards body releases draft Safeguarding Standards