• Click here to view a Larry Osborne Video: Quality of meeting needs to be better than quality of online
  • Click here to view an article on ‘How is Crisis an Opportunity for Strategic Change’ by Adam Lowe






  • Please click here for resources on communications tech help.
  • Please click here for a resource on preaching online in virtual church.
  • Please click here for a resource on preaching to the camera
  • Please click here for a resource on online church
  • Free Webinar with Dr. Robert Creech
    Click here to view the video recording
    Click here to listen to the audio recording only
    The Family Systems Institute and the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne are pleased to present Robert Creech in Conversation with Ken Morgan. Robert addresses challenges confronted by ministers in the COVID-19 Crisis, and takes questions from the online audience.
    Dr. R. Robert Creech is Professor of Christian Ministries and Director of Pastoral Ministries, and holds the Hubert H. and Gladys S. Raborn Chair of Pastoral Leadership at George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University, Texas USA. For twenty-two years Robert was Senior Pastor at the University Baptist Church in Houston, Texas









COVID 19 Child Safety Checklist


Current Teachers
The Diocese was made aware several months ago of the recently passed legislation that requires teachers to register and notify Working with Children Victoria (WWCV) if they engage in child-related work (other than their teaching). The Diocese was looking into how this new legislative change would impact their own processes and structures and at the time still required those holding a VIT card to still hold a WWC Card.

Now all VIT Card holders that Work or Volunteer within the Diocese of Melbourne can now notify Working with Children Check Victoria (WWCCV) of their child-related work they do outside of their School or Early Childhood Service based position. To be eligible to not obtain a Working with Children Card if you have VIT you must log onto the quick link here or visit Working with Children Website – When you don’t need a check – and fill in the Teacher notification form.

Once completed your Parish, Kooyoora and the Diocese will be notified that you have nominated them as an Organisation – but unfortunately your VIT reference number is not supplied, so you will be required to email the Diocese your VIT Card Reference Number to

Your Parish details as:
Organisation Name: Parish Name
Organisation Contact Name: Child Safe / Compliance Officer
Organisation Email: Parish email address
Contact Number: Parish contact number

Please note – it is best when nominating your parish that you use the Parish main contact details and not an individual person – as these can change from time to time  e.g. the person who is the parish compliance officer or Parish Priest may move Parishes and therefore so will their email and contact number, were as the parish name and email address will not change

Anglican Diocese of Melbourne as:
Organisation Name:  Anglican Diocese of Melbourne
Organisation Contact Name: Registrar
Organisation Email:
Contact Number: 03 9653 4220

Kooyoora Ltd
Organisation Name:  Kooyoora Ltd
Organisation Contact Name: Administration Officer
Organisation Email:
Contact Number: 03 9416 1008

Update your Details with Working with Children Victoria
All employees and volunteers in the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne should nominate the following three organisations and their details as below:

Your Parish details as:
Organisation Name: Parish Name
Address: Parish Address
Contact Number: Parish contact number

Anglican Diocese of Melbourne as:
Organisation Name:  Anglican Diocese of Melbourne
Address: 209 Flinders Lane Melbourne 3000
Contact Number: 03 9653 4220

Kooyoora Ltd
Organisation Name: Kooyoora Ltd
Address: PO BOX 329 Canterbury 3124
Contact Number: 03 9416 1008

If you require assistance or support please do not hesitate to contact Amanda Lincke on 0403 020 518

In Australia online child sex abuse and grooming has more than doubled since the corona­virus outbreak. The disturbing rise in child grooming and exploitation on the web since February comes amid the emergence of COVID-19-themed child abuse forums — some with more than 1000 members — sharing videos and images between paedophiles. As leaders in your parish you have a responsibility to reduce and remove the risk of child abuse which includes grooming. Below are a few strategies to support you in making your parish safe for children and vulnerable people. Be aware of the grooming offence and what it involves and the grooming characteristics of a predator.

In the state of Victoria grooming is a criminal offence.
Grooming offence targets communication, including online communication, with a child under the age of 16 or their parents with the intent of committing child sexual abuse.
This offence targets predatory conduct undertaken to prepare a child for sexual abuse at a later time with the groomer (aged 18 years old or over) or another adult.
Maximum penalty 10 years imprisonment.

The offence applies when: An adult communicates, by words or conduct, with a child under the age of 16 years or with a person who has care, supervision or authority for the child, and the intention of the communication is to facilitate the child’s involvement in sexual conduct, either with the groomer or another adult. Grooming does not necessarily involve any sexual activity or even discussion of sexual activity – for example, it may only involve establishing a relationship with the child, parent or carer for the purpose of facilitating sexual activity at a later time.

Grooming Characteristics of a Predator

  • A predator might pay special attention to a child and make him or her feel special.
  • A predator might isolate your child by involving him or her in fun activities that require them to be alone together.
  • A predator might touch your child in your presence so that he or she thinks that you are comfortable with the touching.
  • Keep in mind that the first physical contact between a predator and his or her victim is often nonsexual.
  • A predator may offer to play games or buy treatsfor young children.
  • A predator might take advantage of a child’s natural curiosity about sex by telling “dirty” jokes, showing him or her pornography or by playing sexual games.

If you need any further support or advice please contact Amanda Lincke on 0403020518

  • Please click here for a resource on how to apply for a Working with Children Check
  • Please click here for a resource on how to complete new VIT information
  • Please click here for the Guidelines for Online Ministry with Children and Youth
  • Please click here for the release form for group online communication


  • Please click here for information on COVID-19 and family violence.
  • COVID-19 and Family Violence Webinar Video
    Crises like COVID-19 create additional risks for people experiencing family violence.
    Click here to watch the COVID-19 and Family Violence webinar recording and find out how to safely provide pastoral care to people in our church communities and where professional support is available.Richard Trist (Ridley College) and Youna Kim (Eastern Domestic Violence Service) provide expert advise and answer questions to help church leaders and communities think about what they can do.

    Questions are included in this link so that you can get a group together in your church to discuss this further.
    This webinar is part of the Preventing Violence Against Women Program of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne.

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We pay our respects to elders past and present, and affirm our commitment to the work of reconciliation.

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