Religious visits and appointments
Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide
Protocols for Faculties, Towards Healing Declarations and
ACMR (Australian Catholic Ministry Register) ID Numbers
The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ACBC) and the Catholic Religious Australia are the two peak representative bodies for Catholic – Clerical, Religious and Lay Persons in Australia.
All Clergy and Deacons, engaged in public ministry require habitual Faculties which are granted by the Archbishop or Vicar General of the place in which they reside and/or exercise their appointed ministry. Whenever there is intent to exercise ministry in another diocese, they require permission to do so in that new place from the appropriate authority.
Additionally, for Religious Brothers and Sisters, whenever there is intention to conduct public spiritual or religious activities in another diocese, they also require permission to do so in that new place from the appropriate authority.
Such permission can only be granted when a Bishop or Ordinary has testified to the individuals’ good standing and the Working with Children Check (WWCC) has been verified by the appropriate department of the receiving diocese.
It is expected that all Clergy, Deacons, Religious Brothers and Sisters coming into the Adelaide Archdiocese for any period of time, make themselves familiar with the principles and guidelines of Integrity in Ministry and also the Best Practice Guidelines for Interacting with Children and Young People.
In accordance with the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 a minister of religion is mandated to report belief or suspicion on reasonable grounds that a child has been or is being abused or neglected. Types of abuse that are legally required to be reported include physical, sexual, emotional/psychological and neglect. The report must be made to the Department of Child Protection by phoning the Child Abuse Report Line on 13 14 78.
Further, to fulfil legislative requirements, the Archdiocese has established policies and procedures within a Safe Environments for All framework for safeguarding. Compliance with all policies and procedures are mandatory to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.