Training and education

In accordance with diocesan requirements, each person in a position of leadership in the diocese—including all clergy—is required to undertake 10 units per year of professional development in the areas of safeguarding and professional standards. This is one example of how the diocese is fostering our commitment to the Royal Commission’s Child Safe Standard 1 that “Child safety is embedded in institutional leadership, governance and culture.”


The diocesan professional development model allows individuals to self-select into modules that would be most beneficial to their needs and/or interests. The expectation is that all persons who are new to positions of leadership, or who are new to the diocese, will undertake the Building Foundations course first, which is a full day introductory course before enrolling in any elective modules.

With respect to the electives, there are a variety of topics available that account for five units and are three and half hours in duration. Please note, the 10-unit requirement per year is a minimum requirement and individuals are welcome to enrol in as many modules as would benefit them. If you have a role with Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) or CatholicCare and have completed the full day Child Protection and Professional Conduct training in 2019 with CEDoW, you will be credited the 10 units of your training requirement for 2019.

To find out more, including all the training modules available for you to register for, download the Leadership Professional Development Modules Program 2019.


To register for a module please send an email to [email protected] with your full name, role, phone number, email address and the relevant modules you would like to register for. Registration for each module will close two weeks before the scheduled date, or once the venue capacity has been reached.

Once you have registered, you will receive an email confirmation prior to the scheduled date to outline the venue and module details. If you are seeking an exemption from training due to attendance at prior professional development training, please download and complete the Credit and Recognition of Prior Professional Development form—including any relevant documentation—and email it to [email protected].

If you have any questions, please email Joanna Laba or Caitlin Moore at [email protected]

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