Key National Catholic Safeguarding Documents

Integrity in Ministry

Integrity in Ministry has been compiled to serve as a resource for those preparing for ministry in the Catholic Church and as a code of conduct and guide for reflection for those already involved in ministry. It sets out behaviour for clergy and religious to integrate into their day-to-day ministry and serves as a check-list against which they can review the quality of the ministerial activities in which they engage. It is likewise a valuable resource for those whose particular ministry is the formation of men and women preparing for ministry.

Integrity in the service of the Church

This Document outlines principles of conduct for any lay person who performs paid or unpaid work in the service of the Church (Church Worker). Church Workers, along with clergy and religious, contribute to the mission of the Church. This document deals with the behavioural standards expected of them in their work. The principles and standards in this document, with due distinction, parallel those for religious and clergy found in Integrity in Ministry

National Response Protocol

The Catholic Church in Australia established the National Response Protocol (the Protocol), adopted by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in 2021. It is a nationally-consistent approach for handling concerns and allegations of sexual abuse and other misconduct.

The implementation of the National Response Protocol means that Towards Healing will be phased out, however, Church entities that have matters already being managed under Towards Healing can continue to use those processes until the matter is resolved. Towards Healing continues to be valid until the end of 2021 while Church authorities implement the National Response Protocol locally.

The National Response Protocol will be monitored regularly to allow for ongoing refinement and improvement.

Vos Estis Lux Mundi

Vos Estis Lux Mundi – Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio by the Supreme Pontiff Francis on 7 May 2019 and became universal law operative as from 1 June 2019.  

Vos Estis Lux Mundi (VELM) norms apply to reports received by clerics and members of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life regarding crimes of sexual abuse by clerics and members of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and the concealing of crimes of sexual abuse by Bishops and their equivalents.


Please contact the IPSS Manager at if you have any questions on any of the above documents.