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The Australian Church

The General Synod of the Australian Church functions as a forum for the 23 Dioceses of the Anglican Church of Australia, grouped into 5 provinces or regions. The General Synod meets to consider and determine matters of common interest in the affairs of the Church and its mission, and in the Church's engagement with society and concerning the welfare of our society.

Primate: Phillip Freier

Founded in 1847, The Diocese of Adelaide has 65 Parishes, and more than 150 priests. It includes the City of Adelaide and the Barossa; the most densely populated areas of South Australia. It it nested between the Diocese of Willochra, to the North, and the Diocese of the Murray to the South and East.  The Diocese of Adelaide maintains an emphasis on outreach.

Bishop: Jeffrey Driver

The Diocese of Armidale is a partnership of churches and associated agencies and schools found in the northern inland region of New South Wales. It includes Armidale, Glen Innes, Gunnedah, Inverell, Moree, Narrabri and Tamworth and surrounding towns and villages. The aim of the Diocese is to introduce people to Jesus and to help them home to heaven.

Bishop: Rick Lewers

We are a diocese in the Anglican Church of Australia. For over 150 years now, we have been proclaiming the Gospel to the people of southern and western Victoria. I invite you to spend some time enjoying our story and exploring with us some of the great things God is doing in this part of His vineyard. We are here to love, worship and obey God our Father.

Bishop: Garry Weatherill

The Diocese of Bathurst covers nearly a third of New SouthWwales, from the Blue Mountains to the Queensland border. There are 34 Parishes.  Bordered by: Oberon, Cowra and West Wyalong in the south, west to Cobar and Bourke across the north-west to Coonamble and Coonabarabran, and in the east by Coolah, Mudgee and Rylstone.

Bishop: Ian Palmer

The Diocese of St Arnaud, created by the Ballarat and comprising the northern part of the Diocese, came into being in 1926. in 1977, the two Dioceses amalgamated to form the present Diocese of Bendigo which comprises broadly that part of Victoria north of the Great Dividing Range and west of the Goulburn River, to the skirts of the Wimmera.

Bishop: Andrew Curnow

Home to more than two million Queenslanders, Anglican Church Southern Queensland (ACSQ) includes an area of more than half a million square kilometres. Stretching from the borders of the Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales the Church extends north to Bundaberg. There are 467 clergy in 305 churches.

Bishop: Phillip Aspinall

The aim of “Growing Together 2015” is to enable everyone within the Diocesan family to share a lived experience of being a part of the ministry of the Scattered People of the Good Shepherd. The process begins each Sunday over the five weeks with the introduction of a different facet of the ministry. The Diocese include the south west corner of WA.

Bishop: Alan Ewing

The Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn was established in 1863. The Diocese is the unit of organisation of this Church for carrying out its mission and ministry within this area. It is a rich and diverse diocese, including all of the ACT and the south-eastern corner of NSW, extending as far as Wagga Wagga in the west and Marulan in the north.

Bishop: Stuart Robinson

Bishop Kay Goldsworthy, the first woman consecrated a bishop in the Anglican Church of Australia, was installed as the 12th Bishop of Gippsland in March 2015. The latest “first” for Bishop Goldsworthy, who was an Assistant Bishop of Perth, where she has worked since 1988. Bishop Goldsworthy is the first woman to lead a diocese in Victoria.

Bishop: Kay Goldsworthy

Grafton is situated on a sweeping bend in the Clarence River and noted for its many jacaranda trees. It is also the Cathedral city of the Diocese. Other major centres are Lismore, Ballina, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie. The Diocese serves this geographical region through its 28 Parishes, 5 schools, Anglicare North Coast and a number of Chaplaincies.

Bishop: Sarah Macneil

Centred on the city of Melbourne and acting as the Metropolitical See for the Province of Victoria, Melbourne is one of the largest Diocese is Australia, second only to Sydney. Centred on the city of Melbourne and acting as the Metropolitical See for the Province of Victoria, Melbourne is one of the largest Diocese is Australia, second only to Sydney.

Bishop: Phillip Freier

The Diocese of The Murray was created in 1970, named from the Murray River, which flows through the Diocese before reaching the sea. It was the last new Diocese to be created in Australia. It covers the Limestone Coast region of South Australia, the Fleurieu Peninsula, Riverland, Adelaide Hills, Murraylands and the southern suburbs of Adelaide and includes 18 Parishes.

Bishop: John Ford

The Diocese of Newcastle includes the Central Coast, Hunter, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Manning, Paterson and Port Stephens regions. The Diocese serves this region through its 63 parishes, 4 schools, Samaritans, Anglican Care, Anglican Savings and Development Fund and a number of chaplaincies. We minister people in rural, regional and city areas.

Bishop: Greg Thompson

The Diocese of North Queensland covers the area from south of Sarina (22° parallel) to the islands of the Torres Strait and westwards to Mount Isa. There are 54 parishes, supported by 120 licensed clergy. The See City is Townsville, which has a population of approximately 200,000 people. The Diocese of North Queensland is truly a very decentralised Diocese.

Bishop: Bill Ray

The Diocese of the Northern Territory remains part of the Province of Queensland. It covers an area of approximately 1,346,200 square kilometres and has a total population of approximately 220,000. About 30% of the population is indigenous and 13% signified attachment to the Anglican Church in the last published census figures.

Bishop: Greg Anderson

The Anglican Church of North West Australia covers an area of 2 million sq km. From Dongara in the south to the top of Western Australia and east to the SA/NT border. 18 parishes, consisting of small farming, fishing and mining communities with populations from a few hundred to over 35,000, & 3 Mission to Seafarers’ ministries.

Bishop: Gary Nelson

The Diocese of Perth sees itself as a people called to worship God in Christ and by the power of the Spirit to share radical love with the world, building communities of hope, healing and transformation. We seek to hold together the Ministry of Word and Sacrament, evangelical zeal embedded in prayer, pastoral care and social justice.

Bishop: Roger Herft

With 21 Parishes across a vast area of land, the Riverina Diocese covers approximately 37% of the area of the state of New South Wales. Major towns and Parishes in within the Diocese include Griffith, where the Cathedral of St Alban the Martyr is located, Leeton, Lake Cargelligo and Narrandera, south to Deniliquin and Moama, and as far west as as Broken Hill.

Bishop: Rob Gillion

Rockhampton Diocese is in Queensland in area approx 57 million hectares, and contains nearly the whole central division of Queensland. An intelligent, biblical and historically based faith. An incarnational faith that cares for humanity and creation. A faith expressed in relationship with God and each other. Faith and pastoral practice expressed through liturgy.

Bishop: David Robinson

Sydney Anglicans belong to a network of churches in Sydney, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, South Coast and Illawarra. Led by the Archbishop of Sydney, assisted by Bishops and ministry staff, governed by synod. The way people encounter Sydney Anglicans may be through friends who will introduce them to a local church.

Bishop: Glenn Davies

We are about 55 parishes (each with one or more congregations of people who worship together) and dozens of organisations that support the work of the Church as we care and share in our local communities. We're a missionary diocese. That means we strive to bring the good news of Jesus to as many people as we can - in Tasmania, and beyond.

Bishop: vacant

In regional NE Victoria, plus the Albury border area in NSW. There are 24 parishes or districts witth some 79 places of worship. A few are large and complex, most are small. Most congregations are older than the community around them though there is growth in the border area and also where southern parishes are becoming dormitory areas for Melbourne.

Bishop: John Parkes

Willochra covers 90% of South Australia. A diocese of contrast from the wineries and vineyards of the Clare Valley; the expansive horizon of the mid-north, Yorke and Eyre Peninsula wheat and barley fields; the semi-arid and arid lands as you move further north into the vast tracks of grazing land; mining and heavy industry; the fishing industry and tourism.

Bishop: John Stead