Professional Standards

Protecting children and vulnerable adults

Xavier College is a school of the Australian Jesuit Province. The Province has policies in place regarding how both religious and lay people engage in their ministry. The principles, protocols and standards of practice governing the work of Jesuits and lay partners are outlined in the Province's Policy for Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

Principles and procedures relating to how Australian Church ministries engage in ministry are also outlined in the Towards Healing document, as well as the documents Integrity in Service of the Church and Integrity in Ministry. Issues involving Church-related abuse are dealt with via the National Committee for Professional Standards.

The Truth, Justice and Healing Council is coordinating the Catholic Church’s response to the Royal Commission with a commitment to cooperation, openness, full disclosure and justice for victims and survivors.

Reporting, remedy and redress

If anyone wishes to bring a complaint of abuse against any member of staff, present or past, of a Jesuit school or other ministry, please refer to the options on our Province website.

Xavier College, Melbourne – Child Protection Professional Guidelines

The College has its own professional standards procedures that operate alongside the above arrangements. These procedures are as follows: Please Click here to view the Child Protection Professional Guidelines

Reporting of Complaints

Please note that when children are involved, Victoria has mandatory reporting provisions to the police or relevant state authority. Please click here to view the Child Protection – Reporting obligations – Mandatory Reporting of Child Physical & Sexual Abuse.

If anyone wishes to bring a complaint of abuse against any member of staff, present or past, of a Jesuit school or other ministry, they may do so in any of the following ways:

  1. If you believe a crime has been committed, contact the police – Victorian Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team on 03 9247 5538 or 000. Otherwise:
  2. Contact the office of Towards Healing - the Professional Standards Office Victoria on 1800 816 030.
  3. Contact the College Principal (currently Dr Chris Hayes) on 03 9854 5411.
  4. Contact the Jesuit Provincial's Assistant for Professional Standards (currently Simon Davies) on 03 9810 7300.