STOPline is an external service that receives information and reports about suspected abuse, misconduct and policy breaches by Archdiocesan, Brisbane Catholic Education and Centacare Brisbane personnel. This includes clergy, religious, employees and volunteers.
STOPline is available to everyone. We strongly encourage you to contact STOPline if you have any concerns or information via:
Reports and information can be shared with STOPline anonymously.
- Whistleblower Policy
The Archdiocese strongly encourages those with concerns about ‘reportable conduct’ to use STOPline. All incidents and concerns that may be criminal should be reported directly to the Queensland Police Service for investigation.
Under the Archdiocesan Whistleblower Policy ‘reportable conduct’ includes suspected abuse, misconduct and policy breaches. Those who report in good faith are protected.
- The Whistleblower Policy is available at the AOB Stopline Resource Hub
- Reportable Conduct
Reportable Conduct is actual or planned conduct which the whistleblower reasonably and in good faith suspects is:
- Serious improper conduct including fraudulent, corrupt, illegal, unethical conduct
- Conduct involving gross mismanagement or a substantial mismanagement of resources
- Repeated serious breaches of the policies and practices of the Archdiocese its Agencies, Parishes or Schools
- Conduct seriously jeopardising risk to work health and safety or the environment
- Conduct involving sexual abuse, abuse, harm or misconduct in relation to children or adults (*)
- Suspicion in regard to potential or actual sexual abuse, abuse, harm or misconduct in relation to children or adults (*)
* NOTE: In all cases where there is statutory mandatory requirement to report a wrongdoing or student/client abuse/mistreatment – for example, in child protection or disability services areas, or as a condition of public funding and contracts those processes will be adhered to as part of this Policy.
STOPline has been at the forefront of disclosure management services for over a decade and has partnered with some of Australia’s most iconic companies to assist them in demonstrating their commitment to supporting staff, the religious, volunteers, parishioners, parents and the public.
- Understanding Confidentiality
The protection of others must be your first priority.
While it is important to handle reports or disclosures sensitively, information will need to be shared with relevant Archdiocesan personnel and full confidentiality should not be promised.
Sharing information on a ‘need to know’ basis for the protection of others is not a breach of confidentiality.
- Mandatory Reporters
In Queensland the following people are legally required to report suspected harm, neglect or sexual abuse.
Child Protection Act 1999 (Qld) for suspected harm/neglect:
- Registered Nurses
- Police Officers
- Child Advocates (Public Guardian Act 2014 (QLD))
- Early Childhood Education/Care Professionals
Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 (QLD) for suspected sexual abuse:
- All Staff Members
- School Boards and Principles
“The Archdiocese believes that all employees, members of religious orders, volunteers, parishioners, parents and other members of the public should be able to assist in ensuring the Archdiocese (including its Agencies, Parishes and Schools) maintains its status as an ethical organisation.”