Requirements for Visiting Clergy

For clergy wishing to practise their ministry in the Diocese of Wagga, we ask that you provide:

  • Details of your Working With Children Clearance – including expiration date, full name and date of birth;
  • Your ACMR number (or Professional Standard Towards Healing statement (below) if not registered on the ACMR); and
  • Details of your planned visit to our Diocese – dates, purpose and parishes to be visited.
A form with provision for all these requirements can be downloaded below. Please complete the form and return it to the Chancery by email to chancellor@wagga.catholic.org.au or mail to P O Box 473, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650.
For clergy and religious not registered with the ACMR, please provide the completed Professional Standards Towards Healing statement and declaration (below).

Bishop’s Statement of Commitment to Child Protection
Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, 15 September 2020

The abuse of any vulnerable person, especially child sexual abuse, is evil, disgraceful, unacceptable and a crime. Its harmful effects, especially on primary victims, can be traumatic and lasting and are often deeply debilitating. These scars can prevent those who have been hurt from growing to be the people God dreamed they could be. Whole communities are also damaged for people, loved and valued, are not able to return love or function as freely as they would otherwise have.

Abuse of children and of other vulnerable people has been committed by some members of the Catholic Church. Further, some other members of the Catholic community have not reported these serious offences. These people have betrayed those in their care, God and the Church by perpetrating abuse and by protecting and enabling such perpetrators.

The abuse was wrong and should not have happened.
On my own account and on behalf of the diocese, I apologise for these failures and assaults to those who have been abused, to all those who love and support them and to all the good, faithful members of the Church.

I commit the diocese of Wagga Wagga to being a safe place for vulnerable people and children by continuing to improve our processes, training and expectations in accordance with State and National safeguarding standards and legislation.

Bishop Mark Edwards OMI 
Bishop of the Diocese of Wagga Wagga 
Date: 11 September 2020

For more information, visit safeguarding.wagga.catholic.org.au

Contact Us

Telephone the Safeguarding Office direct at McAlroy House – 02 6937 0079

Send an email direct to safeguarding@wagga.catholic.org.aua restricted group of confidential child protection professionals will respond.

Write direct (marked CONFIDENTIAL) to:
Safeguarding Officer
McAlroy House,
PO Box 473,
Wagga Wagga, 2650


For any complaints that may relate to criminal conduct we also encourage you to contact 
NSW Police (Crime Stoppers) on 1800 333 000For current immediate danger of physical or sexual assault call 000 and ask for Police.