The documents in this library cover all of the generally applicable Acts of the Melbourne Diocesan Synod, and the Canons of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia.
Articles of Faith
The Thirty Nine Articles
The articles of religion, agreed upon by the Archbishops, Bishops, and the whole clergy of the Provinces of Canterbury and York, London, 1562.
Anglican Trust Corporation Act 1884
Incorporating amendments as at 9 November 2000.
Acts of Melbourne Synod
Anglican Council for Early Childhood Services Act 1962
An Act to repeal the Free Kindergartens Act 1943 and to provide for a Free Kindergarten Council. Reprinted 7 November 2022 incorporating amendments.
Appointments Act (Consolidated) 1971
An Act to regulate the constitution of parishes and the appointment and tenure of clergy and for other purposes. Assent 9 Oct 2009.
Archbishop Election Act 2022
An Act to provide for the election of the Archbishop of Melbourne, to repeal the Archbishop Election Act 1988 and for other purposes. Assent 18 Oct 2022.
Archbishop in Council Act 2018
An Act to provide for the governance of the Diocese in relation to the temporal affairs of the Diocese.
Assistant Bishops Act 1985
Reprinted Act following enactment of the Regions of the Diocese (Repeal) Act 2015, No. 7/2015.
Canonical Fitness of Bishops Ordinance Acceptance Act 1980
An Act to accept the Provincial Ordinance Concerning the Canonical Fitness of Bishops. Assent 9 Oct 1980.
Cathedral Act 2016
An Act relating to the use and governance of the Cathedral. Reprinted with amendments as at 1 December 2021.
Diocesan Building and Historic Property Committees Act 1985
An Act to provide for a Diocesan Building Committee and Historic Church Property Committee. Assent 15 Oct 2002.
Diocesan Meetings (Temporary Arrangements) Act 2021
An Act to provide for temporary arrangements for the holding and conduct of the 53rd Synod, parish statutory meetings and other Diocesan meetings and for the validation of certain actions and decisions in 2020 and 2021.
Diocesan Meetings (Temporary Arrangements) Regulations 2021
Regulations approved by Archbishop in Council on 2 December 2021 to enable statutory parish meetings and elections, and meetings of other Diocesan entities, to be held by teleconference or videoconference in 2021 and 2022.
Diocesan Stipends Act 1991
An Act to provide for the determination of minimum stipends and for other purposes. Assent 8 Oct 2010.
Diocesan Tribunal Act 2021
An Act to provide for a Diocesan Tribunal for the Diocese of Melbourne, to amend the Offences Act 1963, and the Professional Standards Uniform Act 2016 (Diocese of Melbourne), to repeal the Diocesan Tribunal Act 1963, and for other purposes. Assent 4 November 2022. Date of operation 1 January 2022.
Diocese of Melbourne Insurance Act 1986
An Act to make provision for the Insurance of Diocesan Property, to authorise other Insurances and for other purposes. Assent 1 Oct 1986
Episcopal Standards Act 2015
Episcopal Standards Act 2015 relating to professional standards of the Diocesan Bishop.
Episcopal Standards Protocol and Regulations 2015
The Episcopal Standards Protocol and Regulations 2015 authorised by Archbishop in Council on 17 December 2015.
Financial Governance Act 2018
To reform the Diocesan accounts, abolish certain statutory and other funds, provide for uniform standards of management and accounting practice, and for other purposes.
Interpretation of Diocesan Legislation Act 2016
Interpretation of Diocesan Legislation Act 2016. Amended 4 November 2021.
Melbourne Anglican Diocesan Corporation Act 2015
For the incorporation under the Corporations Act 2001 of a company limited by guarantee to be known as the Melbourne Anglican Diocesan Corporation Ltd, and for other purposes. Reprinted as at 1 December 2021 incorporating amendments.
Melbourne Anglican Trust Corporation (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2018
An Act to make transitional provisions for the Melbourne Anglican Trust Corporation Act 2018, and to amend the Trustee Act.
Melbourne Anglican Trust Corporation Act 2018
To provide for the governance of the Trust Corporation and for the management of property held in trust for the Church and for special trusts.
Melbourne Archbishopric Act 2002
** Assent 15 Oct 1992
Offences Act 1963
To adopt the canon of the Church of England in Australia entitled the “Offences Canon 1962” and for other purposes. This reprint incorporates the amendments made by the Diocesan Tribunal Act 2021. Assent 13 October 2021. Date of Commencement 4 November 2021.
Parish Governance (Transition, Consequential Amendments and Repeals) Act 2013
To make provision for the commencement and interpretation of the Parish Governance Act 2013, to amend the Interpretation Act 1878, the Trustees Act 1910, the Appointments Act 1971, the Authorised Congregations Act 2004 and the Professional Standards Act 2009, to repeal the Parishes Act 1987 and the Representation of the Laity Act 1950, and for other purposes. To come into operation 1 July 2014.
Parish Governance Act 2013
Parish Governance Act 2013 and Parish Governance Regulations. Reprinted as at 1 December 2021 with amendments.
Professional Standards Uniform Act Adoption Act 2016
Professional Standards Uniform Act 2016. Reprinted as at 1 December 2021 incorporating amendments.
Professional Standards Uniform Regulations 2017
Professional Standards Uniform Regulations 2017, amended 2021.
Provincial Council Constitution Act 1980
An Act to consent to the Alteration of the Constitution of the Province of Victoria. Assent 9 Oct 1980.
Provincial Council Representation Act 1981
An Act to provide for the Election of Representatives of the Diocese in the Council of the Province of Victoria. Assent 4 Oct 1981
Regulation of Elections Act 1980
An Act to consolidate and amend the Law for the Regulation of Elections by Synod. Reprinted as at 1 November 2014 incorporating amendments up to No. 1/2014
Shared use of Church property 2002
An Act relating to the shared use of church property and for other purposes. Assent 21 Nov 2002.
Social Responsibilities Committee Act 1985
An Act be it enacted by the Archbishop, the Clergy and the Laity of the Anglican Church of Australia within the Diocese of Melbourne in Victoria duly met in Synod according to law. Assent 8 Oct 2010.
Superannuation of Clergy Act 2005
An Act relating to the superannuation of clergy and for other purposes. Assent 6 Oct 2005.
Synod Act 1972
An Act to amend and re-enact the Synod Act 1878-1959. Assent 10 Oct 2008. Reprinted as at 1 December 2021 incorporating amendments.
Synod Standing Rules and Orders
Outlines the standing orders governing the business process of Melbourne Synod. Last revised 2019.
Synod 2022 Sessional Orders
Sessional Orders for the 2022 Ordinary Session of Synod.
The Constitution and Canons of the Anglican Church of Australia
For the Constitution of the Anglican Church of Australia, and the Canons in force as passed by the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia, follow the link below: