The Office of Professional Standards and Safeguarding (OPSS) is part of the Office of the Bishop and is focused on the development and maintenance of a safe institutional culture for both children and adults across all its sectors, services and activities. The OPSS is committed to following best practice and raising awareness through education and training to identify and address risk and harm in the diocesan setting. It supports the practical and consistent application of child safe standards provided by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The OPSS both acknowledges and is committed to the provision of ongoing support to victims and survivors of harm within the diocese.
If there are any immediate risks to safety, please contact the Police on 000. Following this, let the relevant sector head in your agency know that you have made a police report, and then contact the Office of Professional Standards and Safeguarding.
If you have any complaints, concerns/allegations, suggestions or feedback, see the below contact details.
Contact the Office of Professional Standards and Safeguarding on (02) 4222 2428 to either inform over the phone or to make a face-to-face appointment.
Office of Professional Standards and Safeguarding
Catholic Diocese of Wollongong
PO Box 1239
Wollongong NSW 2500
Our diocesan logo is theologically rich and very succinct. As a hand, it depicts our mission as a diocese and as individuals within the diocese, of bearing (bringing, carrying) Christ’s love to one another and to the world around us. In this, we are the hand of Jesus Christ, and we are offering ourselves to him so that he might work through us.
We can be the bearers of his love only as a response to his call and in the strength of his grace. We are reminded of this in two ways—through the symbol of the dove (the Holy Spirit) also present in the logo, and by the incorporation of the cross that segments the logo. The presence of the cross is a reminder that bearing the love of Christ will inevitably cost us if we live it authentically. However, in the way that the Cross is the portent of redemption and life—an echo of the tree of life in the book of Genesis—so becoming bearers of the love of Christ will also bring us to life.
The four fingers of the hand also represent the four regions of our diocese. The first is bluerepresenting the beautiful water of the Shoalhaven. The second is a blue and green combination representing the waters and escarpment of the Illawarra. The third is greendepicting the hills and plains of the Macarthur. The fourth is dark green illustrating the forests of the Southern Highlands.