The diocese of North West Australia is one of 23 independent dioceses that belong to the denomination called the Anglican Church of Australia. Our diocese was established in 1910. The current bishop is Gary Nelson (since May 2012), who is resident in Geraldton (about 420 kms north of Perth).
Holy Cross Cathedral, along with the Diocesan office, are also located in Geraldton.
Diocese of North West Australia
The governance structure of our diocese is shaped by the Synod that meets every second year with ministers and representatives from all the parishes. Statutes are passed by the Synod and provide the governing principles for the conduct of ministry throughout the diocese. These Statutes form the framework for the policies of the diocese.
A Diocesan Council, elected by the Synod, meets throughout the year to oversee diocesan administration which is co-ordinated through the Diocesan Office. The Registrar, Dr Khim Harris, has the responsibility for the operation of the diocesan office, while Mr Pieter Overmeire is the Diocesan Financial officer. The diocesan office is located on the southern side of the Cathedral in Geraldton.
Due to the nature of our region we are essentially a ‘missionary’ diocese committed to gospel ministry in small, remote and isolated towns/communities in North West Australia. We depend on the prayerful and financial support of individuals, parishes, dioceses and Christian organisations (eg. BCA) across Australia who are also committed to gospel ministry.
Professional Standards Statute
The Statute below provides the framework for the diocesan safe ministry policy and procedures.