Useful Links/Resources

Professional Standards Ordinance

Protocol for the Professional Standards Ordinance

Protocol as amended February 2017

Ministry and Tribunal Ordinance (for concerns other than sexual matters)

Faithfulness in Service (Code of Conduct)

Guidelines for Parishes where a risk of sexual abuse by a person of concern

Prof Standards Commission, National Anglican Church

Procedures for a complaint not covered by the Ordinance  (to be completed)


Professional Standards Training Resources

A resource for clergy and parishes

Professional Standards

Professional Standards for the Protection of Children and Adults against Sexual Misconduct

The Anglican Diocese of Tasmania takes all complaints of sexual misconduct very seriously. This information is intended to help you if you wish to make a complaint, or have been or are being sexually abused or harassed by clergy or Church officers in the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania

The Director of Professional Standards responds to all complaints of current and past sexual misconduct by clergy or Church officers. The Director is as independent as possible from the Diocese but is paid by the Diocese.

The first step in making a complaint is to call 1800 017 286 and talk to the Director or leave your name and phone number or address on message bank so that the Director can contact you as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can write to the Director:

Director of Professional Standards

Anglican Diocese of Tasmania

GPO Box 748

Hobart TAS 7001


Mark your envelope “Confidential”.

What we will do

Basic Steps in responding to a complaint:

  • Listen
  • Offer a support person and assistance to access counselling and to report to the police
  • Investigate (following submission of a written complaint)
  • Institute internal procedures regarding the offender
  • Invite an application for a Pastoral Support and Assistance Grant in cases where the complaint is substantiated

Who do I contact to report sexual abuse or sexual harassment within the community?

Police: 131 444

Child Protection: 1300 737 639

Gateway: 1800 171 233 M-Fri 9-5

Who do I contact for support for sexual abuse?

Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS):

South Tas - 6231 1817 (24/7)     6231 1811(BH)

North Tas -  6334 2740 (BH) & 0409 800 394 (AH)       

Nth West  Tas– 64319711 (24/7)

Relationships Australia: 1300 364 277

Lifeline Tasmania: 13 11 14

Domestic Violence Unit: 1800 633 937