Several documents, statutes and protocols have been developed to guide Church Authorities in the safe practice of their ministries.
As well as canon law and civil law obligations, Church protocols exist to ensure consistent interpretation of administrative and liturgical procedures of the Church.
The National Response Protocol is a new framework for Catholic entities across Australia to respond consistently to people raising concerns or allegations of child abuse.
In May 2019 Pope Francis issued the apostolic letter motu proprio Vos Estis Lux Mundi which sets out complaint and investigation procedures regarding crimes of sexual abuse committed by clerics.
Integrity in Ministry is a code of conduct for clergy and religious engaged in ministry on behalf of the Catholic Church in Australia.