Appointments and transfers from interstate

Formalising appointments and transfers

Where appointments and transfers to the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide are being planned, correspondence to the Archbishop from the Church Authority must contain all of the relevant details relating to the intended appointment /transfer. The initial correspondence must be directed to the Archbishop in the first instance at least six weeks before the intended date of arrival, to allow for sufficient time to undertake the necessary verifications and prepare the documentation required. The response from the Archbishop will outline next steps to be undertaken in order to progress the permissions process.

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PLEASE NOTE: Clergy/Religious from an Eastern Rite are considered as Clergy/Religious from another Diocese and should follow the above protocols.

For an appointment to the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide, permissions are further considered with the provision of the following documentation:

Option 1 (with ACMR ID #)

  • Completion of the ACMR Form (with ACMR ID # details)
  • Interstate Working with Children Check (WWCC) and
  • South Australian Working with Children Check (WWCC) 

The Australian Catholic Ministry Register (ACMR) is currently managed by Australian Catholic Standards Ltd (ACSL) with placement on the register providing assurance that the Clergy or Religious remains in good standing and meets all national requirements in accordance with the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards. (Standard 5.7.1)  Once registered and provided with an ACMR ID Number, all Clergy, Deacons, Religious Brothers and Sisters, Novices and Seminarians are able to use this ID Number in any diocese throughout Australia to confirm their good standing. When provided, the individual’s name and status is able to be verified via the secure online system.

Evidence of a current Working with Children Check is also required to be provided from the place of residence, together with a South Australian Working with Children Check. (The Working with Children Check presented from another State or Territory will not be able to be accepted on its own in accordance with South Australian Law.)

The South Australian Working with Children Check can be obtained via the following link: https://screening.sa.gov.au/applications/application-information-for-individuals  

Completion of the form below is required.

 ACMR Smart-form.pdf


Option 2 (without ACMR ID #)

  • Completion of the Interstate with Declarations Form
  • Presentation of either a signed Safeguarding Statement Form Or Individual Safeguarding Declaration and Disclosure Form (whichever is applicable)
  • Interstate Working with Children Check (WWCC) and
  • South Australian Working with Children Check (WWCC)  
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In the absence of an ACMR ID #, the Clergy, Deacons, Religious Brothers and Sisters, Seminarians and Novices are required to provide either a signed ‘Safeguarding Statement form’ or ‘Individual Safeguarding Declaration and Disclosure’ form in relation to professional standards. 

Evidence of a current Working with Children Check is also required to be provided from the place of residence, together with a South Australian Working with Children Check.  (The Working with Children Check presented from another state or territory will not be able to be accepted on its own in accordance with South Australian Law.)

The South Australian Working with Children Check can be obtained via the following link; https://screening.sa.gov.au/applications/application-information-for-individuals 

Completion of the forms below is required.

 Interstate With Declarations Smart form.pdf
 Safeguarding-statement-form.pdf
 Individual-safeguarding-declaration-and-disclosure-form.pdf

Once the completed paperwork has been received:

The appropriate verification of documentation will take place and permission to minister in the Archdiocese will, if appropriate then be issued by the Archbishop’s Office.
  • In the case of Clerics (Persons under Holy Orders), a letter granting permissions to exercise clerical ministry will be prepared for the Archbishop’s approval.
  • In the case of other Religious, a letter of welcome will be prepared for the Archbishop’s approval.
  • For any appointments and transfers into the Archdiocese, Clergy, Deacons, Religious Brothers and Sisters, Seminarians and Novices will be required to attend a full day training on Safe Environments.
  • For any appointments and transfers into the Archdiocese, Clergy, Deacons, Religious Brothers and Sisters, Seminarians and Novices will be required to attend a briefing with the Professional Standards Office.

The Parish Priest within the Adelaide Archdiocese will be notified that this permission has been granted.

AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE APPOINTED PERIOD:

At the conclusion of the approved appointment period, a representative from the Archbishop’s Office will follow-up to confirm that the placement has concluded. In the event that an extention to the approved period becomes necessary, a ‘Variation to Length of Stay’ document is required to be completed and submitted. The request for the extended approval for an additional period will be reassessed at that time.

 Variation length of stay_smartform.pdf