PMRC (Australia) Incorporated CODE OF ETHICS

PMRC (Australia) Incorporated (PMRC) requires that all members, employees and volunteers conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the following ethics:

  1. PMRC resources and services will be available to all people, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, beliefs, or ability.
  2. PMRC resources and services will aim at promoting the highest possible degree of autonomy and self-determination in individuals, couples, families and communities.
  3. PMRC services will respect the intrinsic value, equality and human dignity of all persons and will be aware and sensitive to the potential power positions of workers and clients in the delivery of services. All individuals responsible for service provision are expected to be familiar with, and conform to, the specific ‘duty of care’ obligations associated with that service and adhere to the Guidelines for Preventing Abuse that meet the requirements of both relevant State legislation and also the National Response Protocol of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, ( or in the case of those operating from international sources, the equivalent protocols of local state and Catholic authorities.
  4. PMRC will work with individuals, groups and social agencies outside of the Catholic Church on issues, policies and programmes which are compatible with Christian values and which work towards the Purpose of PMRC.
  5. PMRC will not advocate or promote in any of its activities or any course of action which is in clear contradiction to any authoritative Catholic Church teaching on faith and morals.
  6. PMRC will not advocate or promote in any of its resources or services which is in contradiction to the form and purpose of Catholic Marriage.
  7. PMRC will seek to always be caring and just in its relationships with staff, volunteers, clients and people in other organisations, groups and all people in the wider community.
  8. PMRC will strive to ensure the health and safety of all staff, volunteers, clients and others in our places of operations.
  9. PMRC will hold itself accountable for its resources, services and fiscal operations.
  10. PMRC will establish policies and procedures which assure the privacy of the relationship established with staff, volunteers, clients and other relevant bodies, within the framework of relevant laws in which it operates.
  11. PMRC will subscribe to and advocate for, within its own policies and practices, the principle of subsidiarity with its concern to leave the highest degree of freedom to the individual which is consistent with the common good.
  12. In evaluating the effectiveness of its resources and services, PMRC will take into account standards drawn from professional and bureaucratic practice as well as the values of justice and love drawn from the Gospel.

By placing itself firmly within the mission of the Catholic Church, PMRC expects that all members, executives, volunteers, management, professional and support staff will identify themselves with the essential aspects of the Church’s mission; irrespective of their own faith traditions and beliefs.

All associated with the work and administration of PMRC will be expected to accept and conform to this Code of Ethics.


Last updated 10 Feb 2022