Breaking the Silence 2015 replaces all existing policies and processes in place in the church. This includes previous editions of Breaking the Silence and any policies and processes.
Breaking the Silence acknowledges that some organisations, such as schools, pre-schools, childcare centres and hospitals, within the church may wish to establish or have already established policies and procedures for dealing with and preventing abuse. These organisations may seek to become an approved organisation and thereby be exempt from the provisions of Breaking the Silence.
Breaking the Silence applies to anyone with a position of authority within the church, paid or unpaid, and to all those who work with children and young people. Breaking the Silence applies in the Presbyterian Church of Australia in the State of New South Wales including the Australian Capital Territory, in the State of Western Australia, in the State of Tasmania, in the State of South Australia, Presbyterian Inland Mission and APWM.