Professional Standards

Salesian College Sunbury complies with the Salesian Province’s policies regarding professional standards for how both religious and lay people engage in their ministry. The principles, protocols and standards of practice governing the work of the Salesians and lay partners are outlined here.

Principles and procedures relating to how Australian Church workers engage in ministry are outlined in the Integrity in Service of the Church and Integrity in Ministry documents.

Issues involving Church-related abuse are dealt with via the National Committee for Professional Standards ( The National Committee for Professional Standards is a joint committee of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia.

The Truth, Justice and Healing Council ( is coordinating the Catholic Church’s response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, with a commitment to cooperation, openness, full disclosure and justice for victims and survivors.

Salesian College Sunbury – Child Safe Standards

The College has its own child safe standards that operate alongside the above arrangements. Please click here to view.

Reporting of Complaints

Please note that when children are involved, Victoria has mandatory reporting provisions to the police or relevant state authority. Please view Salesian College Sunbury’s Child Protection – Reporting Obligations Policy.

If you wish to bring a complaint of abuse against any member of staff, current or former, of Salesian College Sunbury or other ministry, you may do so in the following ways:

  • If you believe a crime has been committed, contact the police – Victorian Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team on phone 03 9247 5538 or 000
  • Contact the office of Towards Healing – Professional Standards Office Victoria on 1800 816 030
  • Contact Salesian College Sunbury Principal (currently Mr Mark Brockhus) on 03 9744-0000
  • Further support for you or someone you know please contact:
    Beyond Blue - 1300 22 4636 |
    Life Line - 13 11 14 |
    CASA (Victorian Centres Against Sexual Assault)  -  1800 806 292 |

Apology to Abuse Victims

The Provincial apology to abuse victims was held on Thursday 8 December 2016. This was a special ceremony of sorrow and apology to the victims of child abuse at Salesian College ‘Rupertswood’ Sunbury. The ceremony was led by Fr Greg Chambers SDB, Provincial of the Salesian Province of Australia and the Pacific.

Salesians of Don Bosco’s apology – click here for full text