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.

Related legislation

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. Assent 23 Oct 2000.

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 1988
An Act to provide for the election of the Archbishop of Melbourne, to amend the Melbourne Archbishop Act 1980 and for other purposes. Assent 6 Oct 2005

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.

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 Stipends Act 1991
An Act to provide for the determination of minimum stipends and for other purposes. Assent 8 Oct 2010.

Diocesan Tribunal Acts 1963
An Act to provide for the establishment of a Diocesan Tribunal under and in accordance with the constitution of the Church of England in Australia. Assent 9 Dec 1963.

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

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.

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

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.

Professional Standards Uniform Act Adoption Act 2016
Professional Standards Uniform Act 2016

Professional Standards Uniform Amended Regulations 2018
Professional Standards Uniform Amended Regulations 2018.

Provincial Council Representation 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.

Synod Standing Rules and Orders
Outlines the standing orders governing the business process of Melbourne Synod. Last revised 2019.

Trustees Act 1910
An Act relating to the Corporation Trustees and for other purposes.

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:

www.anglican.org.au/governance 

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