The Archbishop in Council is the peak governing body in the Diocese.

The Anglican Diocese of Melbourne is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC).  Members of the governing body are therefore subject to the requirements of the ACNC Act and Regulations.

Subject to the provisions of other relevant acts of Synod, the Council has responsibility for the temporal affairs of the Diocese including:

  • Setting and monitoring strategies for mission and ministry;
  • Formulating policies;
  • Carrying out a range of statutory functions that have been conferred upon it by ordinance or resolution of Synod.

The Archbishop in Council Act 2018, an Act of the Synod, governs its operation.


It comprises 17 persons, of whom Synod elects 6 clergy and 6 lay persons, in equal proportions of men and women.  The Archbishop appoints the remaining 4 members.

Those elected to Archbishop in Council are also be members of the Melbourne Anglican Diocesan Corporation Ltd (MADC) and of the Melbourne Anglican Foundation.

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