General Synod Legislation

Legislation currently in effect can be found under Constitution and Canons and Rules.

A chronological list of legislation passed at the Sessions of General Synod is provided here.

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Coat of Arms

The original Grant of Arms to Bishop Broughton, first Bishop of Australia (in 1836) was four stars, the Crux Australia (or the Southern Cross without the fifth star), imposed on a blue field.

The General Synod grant has added to it the Cross of St George superimposed with a mitre.

The Cross of St George is the emblem of the Church of England from which we are derived, and mitre denotes that we are episcopally led (Bishops).

The fifth star of the Crux Australis is omitted – no-one knows what happened, heraldically. By the time of the Eureka Stockade Lalor’s flag had the Southern Cross also without the fifth star.

The description on the General Synod Grant of Arms reads:

"Azure on a Cross Gules fimbriated and between four Mullets of eight points Argent a Mitre Or".

Previous Task Forces and Working Groups



Children and Young People Ministry



Constitution Review

Distribution of Work and Wealth

Engaging Australia Funding Programme


Fresh Expressions Australia


Theological Leadership



Child Protection

Ecumenical Strategies

The Environment Working Group

National Protocols

Ordained Ministry


Royal Commission

Sexual Abuse

Spiritual Yearnings

Standing Committee Review