For a visitation to the Catholic Diocese of Darwin, (including visits for the purpose of a holiday) the following requirements for incoming Clergy, Deacons, Religious Brothers and Sisters, Seminarians and Novices are as follows;

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS:
ADDITIONALLY:
  • An Itinerary for the planned visit (if the visitation period is 30 days or less in a 12 month period)
  • A Police Check from your country of origin (only if visitation period is more than 30 days in a 12 month period)
  • NT Working with Children Clearance (WWCC) (only if visitation period is more than 30 days in a 12 month period)
 Annotations:

Safeguarding Statement Form should be used where the Bishop or Ordinary can fully affirm the individual’s good standing.

** Safeguarding Declaration and Disclosure Form should be used in instances where individual disclosures are required to be made and the Bishop or Ordinary is not able to affirm all statements contained within the declaration form

For visitations more than 30 days in a 12 month period, it is a requirement that a NT Working with Children Clearance is obtained.

The NT Working with Children Clearance can be obtained via the following link;

https://nt.gov.au/emergency/community-safety/apply-for-a-working-with-children-clearance

ONCE THE COMPLETED PAPERWORK HAS BEEN RECEIVED:

The appropriate verification of documentation will take place and permission to minister in the Diocese will, if appropriate then be issued by the Bishop’s Office.

In the case of Clerics (Persons under Holy Orders), a letter granting permissions to exercise clerical ministry will be prepared for the Bishop’s approval.

  • In the case of other Religious, a letter of welcome will be prepared for the Bishop’s approval
  • For any stays exceeding 30 days, the Clergy, Deacons, Religious Brothers and Sisters, Seminarians and Novices may be required to attend training on safe environments

The Parish Priest within the Darwin Diocese will be notified that this permission has been granted.

AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE VISITATION PERIOD:

At the conclusion of the approved visitation period, a representative from the Bishop’s office will follow-up to confirm that the visitation has concluded.  In the event that an extension to the approved period becomes necessary, a ‘Variation to Length of Stay’. document is required to be completed and submitted.  The request for the extended approval for an additional period will be reassessed at that time.