Safe Ministry

Safe Ministry exists to ensure that our church environments; our spaces, leaders and culture, are indeed, safe.

But what does it mean to be safe?

The Anglican Diocese of Adelaide aims to ensure that all people within its environments are safe, meaning to be free from harm or abuse, in adherence to biblical standards, the legal requirements set by the Federal and South Australian State Governments and the National Anglican Church.

  • All clergy, church workers and volunteers undertake to act in accordance with these standards

  • That all people, especially children and the vulnerable, are to be protected from all forms of abuse including physical, sexual, psychological and spiritual

  • That where abuse has occurred, it is identified as such and is responded to immediately

In working towards adherence to these safe ministry practices, the Diocese has established screening and training processes for all paid church workers and volunteers serving in any capacity within a church or related entity .

The Safe Ministry programme consists of two main elements, screening and training.

1. Screening

The screening process begins with an applicant completing a National Criminal History Check (or a DCSI screening check) and either a Category One or Category Two clearance application form.

Category One applies to all clergy and all people who require a Licence from the Archbishop and to all those who are leaders in churches or who work with children or vulnerable people in the Diocese of Adelaide

Category Two applies to Officeholders in the Diocese of Adelaide who are not otherwise required to have Category One Clearance

2. Training

All applicants must then complete the South Australian Department for Education’s Safe Environments - Through Their Eyes training and The Adelaide Diocese’s Ensuring Safe Church Communities training.

Training is run by the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide by accredited facilitators and session times are listed on the website.

Once an applicant has successfully cleared each of these steps, and has received safe ministry clearance approval from Diocesan Office (and where applicable, has received a licence from the Archbishop), then they are able to begin their ministry.

To maintain a valid clearance, all clergy, ministry workers, volunteers and officeholders, following completion of their initial training, need to participate in a Safe Environments refresher and Ensuring Safe Church Communities courses, which each run for 3-hours every three years.

Why not start the application process today to do your bit to ensure that our places of ministry are safe for all people? Click the button below to begin!

If you have any other queries, please contact the Safe Ministry Officer by emailing or calling 8305 9301

NATIONAL POLICE CHECK [UDPATE 25 SEPTEMBER 2018]: SAPOL has released an updated National Police Check Application form. SAPOL has confirmed that it will continue to process applications for National Police Checks for the Diocese until the South Australian government finalises the introduction of compulsory Working with Children Checks.

In preparation for the introduction of the new legislation, SAPOL's updated application form requires church volunteers to complete certain fields in the form with specific wording or to select options that might seem counterintuitive.
For that reason, please see the worked example attached, which shows how to complete the relevant sections on page 2 and page 3 of the revised SAPOL application form for the National Police Check. 

IMPORTANT: We have made some changes to our Safe Ministry system to make it better. These changes include new posters, a simplified screening process and the refinement of the old Level 1 & 2 Screening, which has been replaced by Category 1 and Category 2 Clearance for Ministry. The Safe Ministry Screening Process has also been separated from the licensing process. To see which category you fall under and to find out about all other changes go to: UPDATES TO SAFE MINISTRY (2018)


Caring for those who have been abused
Healing Steps

Handling complaints
Report Abuse

Responding to persons of concern
Responding to Persons of Concern


Safer Ministry involves  Preventing  and  Responding

Safer Ministry involves Preventing and Responding