The Archdiocese strongly encourages anyone who suspects criminal conduct by Archdiocesan personnel to report the matter directly to the Queensland Police Service.
Criminal Offence – Failure to Report Belief of Child Sexual Offence
(Criminal Code – Section 229BC)
In Queensland, an adult commits a crime if they:
- have a reasonable belief that another adult;
- is committing (in the present) or has committed (in the past) a child sexual offence; and
- the adult fails to disclose the information to a police officer as soon as reasonably practicable;
- unless they have a reasonable excuse for not reporting it to the police.
(Maximum penalty – 3 years imprisonment)
** If a child is in immediate danger or risk of harm, contact the police directly and without delay.
Office for Safeguarding Services
Office of Legal, Governance & Risk
Phone: 07 3324 3575
STOPline is an independent commercial service that receives confidential information and reports about suspected abuse, serious misconduct and policy breaches by Archdiocesan personnel, including clergy, religious, employees and volunteers. The service also applies to Brisbane Catholic Education and Centacare Brisbane.
STOPline is available to all Archdiocesan personnel, volunteers and the general community.
Information can be provided to STOPline anonymously.
Queensland Police Service
Child Safety Services
Regional Intake Service (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Child Safety After Hours Service Centre
Ph: 1800 177 135
Office of the Public Guardian
The Office of the Public Guardian safeguards the rights and interests of people with impaired decision-making capacity by investigating allegations of neglect, exploitation and abuse.