Director, Professional Standards Office NSW/ACT – Sydney 828 views

Director, Professional Standards Office NSW/ACT

The Organisation

The Professional Standards Office NSW/ACT (PSO) is an initiative of the NSW/ACT Bishops’ Conference and of the Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes NSW.  The Professional Standards Office represents the NSW and the ACT Catholic commitment to the Australian Catholic Church’s National Towards Healing protocol.  The role of the PSO is to implement the principles and the procedures as outlined in Towards Healing regarding safeguarding and in responding to complaints of abuse against personnel of the Catholic Church in Australia.

The Role

Accountable to both Conferences, and heading a small team of professionals and administrative staff, the Director is primarily responsible for ensuring that the processes for responding to complaints of church-related abuse as defined in Towards Healing (Jan 2016) are operating effectively, as well as the provision of other ancillary services within a wide professional standards context including the current Royal Commission.

The Director will have responsibility for managing the process in relation to the safeguarding of minors and other vulnerable persons complaints, appointing assessors and facilitators when required, and being responsible for the safekeeping of all documentation connected with these procedures. The Director will liaise with and provide advice to Bishops and other senior Leaders in relation to complaints and the application of policies and procedure in particular cases in relation to other professional standards situations. The Director will have extensive interaction with Church authorities, Church service agencies and Government agencies, as well as the National and other state-based Professional Standards Offices.

This position is a fixed term appointment for 2 years and will be based in the Sydney CBD.

Key Requirements

The Director will ideally possess the following experience, knowledge and qualifications

  • A background in the law and/or social sciences, and with experience in case management
  • A demonstrated commitment to the ethos and values of the Catholic Church
  • Knowledge and experience of the culture of the Catholic Church and of policies and procedures developed of professional standards inclusive of knowledge of the Church’s Integrity in Ministry document
  • A comprehensive familiarity with and understanding of the issues and processes arising from the document Towards Healing
  • An understanding of the relevant legislation and legal documentation pertaining to the key areas of responsibility for this position
  • Superior interpersonal, communications, and mediation skills
  • Sound and effective administrative and organisational skills

For a confidential discussion about this position and to obtain a copy of the Position Description please contact Anthony Spata, REACH Human Resources, on 0402 210 055 or


Applications must include a Cover Letter (including how your skills and experience align with the Key Requirements of the role) and Resume and be sent to

Applications close 30 November 2017

Only candidates with the right to work in Australia may apply for this position.


NSW/ACT Bishops' Conference and the Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes NSW


CBD, Sydney, Australia

Contact Person

Anthony Spata


0402 210 055

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