Safe Ministry Training Goes Online in 2017

Online training

From April 1 2017 the Professional Standards Unit (PSU) will oversee all Safe Ministry Training in the Sydney Diocese.
The PSU has always been ultimately responsible for Safe Ministry Training but for many years Youthworks has managed the content creation and delivery of the training. This will change from April 1st. We are thankful to Youthworks for their years of dedicated service to the diocese with this training.

Key Information

  • From April 1 2017, all the information about Safe Ministry Training dates and events, and the booking facilities for them will be on this website (, along with all other Safe Ministry Training-related resources.
  • The Training Event dates in the calendar for the remainder of 2017 will remain, and the same team of Senior Trainers will deliver the training at those events.
  • The material presented at all training events will be the same as is currently used.
  • Phone queries about the training from April 1 2017 onwards should be directed to: 02 9265 1588, and email enquiries should be sent to

Safe Ministry Training Goes Online

From late 2017 the Essentials and Refresher courses will become available online, making it possible for participants to complete the training anywhere and any time. This training can be accessed via computer, smart phone or tablet, provided there is internet connectivity.

We greatly value and appreciate our volunteers and leaders who work with children and want to make training more convenient and accessible than ever before.

Face-to-face training will still be available across the diocese but the opportunities for this will be more limited.

The online training will be:

  • Flexible
    • Training will be available any time of the day or night.
  • Self paced.
    • Each course will be broken down into multiple modules.
    • Each module can be completed at a pace that best suits the participant.
  • Personalised
    • Throughout the training there will be opportunities to ask questions, share concerns that participants may have in their parish or speak with a professional at the PSU
    • There will still be an element of human contact in the form of a webinar with a skilled trainer at the end of some of the courses.
  • Streamlined in terms of administration
    • Uniquely-numbered certificates will be provided at the successful completion of a course.
    • Parish Safe Ministry representatives and the PSU will receive electronic records of completed training.
    • Automatic email reminders will be sent every three years when participants are due to undertake the Refresher course.
  • Technical requirements are minimal.
    • All that is required is a broadband internet connection of modest speed and an email address.


  • When will the move online happen?
    We are in the very early stages of adapting the current material to online training, and we plan to have the Refresher course available by late 2017, and Essentials by early 2018.
    There will be regular updates about our progress on this web site.
  • What happens to Local Safe Ministry Trainers?
    Local Safe Ministry Trainers have been a vital part of the face-to-face teaching model for a considerable time. We are very thankful to God and them for their hard work over the years.
    It is yet to be determined exactly how face-to-face and online training will co-exist. As the transition to the online training progresses, the need for training by Local Trainers within their parish is expected to diminish.
  • How long will the online courses take to complete?
    That partly depends on the individual and how fast they read, absorb and interact with the information. But in general, they will probably take a similar amount of time as the face to face training has done – 2.5 hours for Refresher and 5 hours for Essentials. Remember that the online courses can be done in modules, meaning that you do not have to complete them in one sitting.
  • Will the Junior Leaders course be available online?
    At this point we are still considering the best way forward for this course. We plan to be able to share more about this at the regional meetings in April/May.
  • Will the online training cost anything?
    At the time of writing, it is still being determined what costs may be associated with online training. It is planned that any costs for the online training will be at a reduced rate compared with the cost of face-to face training

We will be in regular communication with Safe Ministry Representatives, Local Safe Ministry Trainers, Senior Ministers and members of our congregations to keep them well informed of progress and other details. This process will include regional meetings to explain the process and answer questions in person.

At any time feel free to contact our team on:

Phone: 02 9265 1588 (during business hours)

Please pray that the online training will serve our churches and the cause of the gospel well, as we seek to see a culture of Safe Ministry grow and spread throughout our churches.