Clearances

Information in regard to the screening of clergy and lay people, a key element in our approach to safe ministry:
 

Clergy

A person in Holy Orders or an authorised lay minister (ASLM) must obtain a Clearance for Ministry certificate issued by the Kooyoora Office of Professional Standards before engaging in ministry in the diocese: s57.

A Clearance for Ministry includes a provisional clearance,  issued pending determination of a complaint, where the Board is satisfied that pending the final determination—

  • the applicant may otherwise lawfully engage in the ministry; and
  • there is no unacceptable risk of harm to any person if a provisional clearance is granted:  s80.

The documents on this page and the Professional Standards page represent the body of legislation, protocols and codes which govern ethical and professional standards in the Melbourne Diocese.

Lay People – Volunteer and Lay Employees (Church Workers)

A lay person (church worker) whose role, office or position for service falls within these prescribed categories and the prescribed criteria in s67 of the Professional Standards Uniform Act 2016, must obtain a Clearance for Service certificate issued by the Kooyoora Office of Professional Standards.

Information about obtaining a Clearance for Service is available here. Guidelines and resources for parishes regarding the administration of Clearances for Service and related requirements for church workers (volunteers and lay employees) are available on the Parish Portal.

Special Responsibility of a Vicar or Priest in Charge or Senior Minister or the Dean

A Vicar, Priest in charge or Senior Minister, with overall authority in a parish or a congregation or the Dean at the Cathedral has a special responsibility to meet the standards of the Code of Conduct for Child Safety, in particular –

  • not to permit a member of the clergy to engage in ministry without that person first obtaining a clearance for ministry;
  • not to appoint a lay person to a role office or position unless they are satisfied that the person is fit to hold the same;
  • not to permit a lay person to hold or continue to hold a role office or position for which they are responsible if that lay person falls within the prescribed criteria in the Professional Standards Uniform Act 2016.

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