Recommended National Guidelines – COVID-19

For application by dioceses of the Anglican Church of Australia in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic


as at Monday 11 May 2020


Development of these Guidelines

On 12 March 2020, the National Bishops’ Meeting resolved to ask the General Secretary of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia to coordinate the preparation of national guidelines for dioceses to ensure a best practice response to the coronavirus pandemic.

At that stage a number of dioceses had already prepared comprehensive guidelines addressing activities in parishes and workplaces.  The Bishops’ Meeting considered there was value in having a central point of reference available to dioceses.

These guidelines recommend standards for operational activities and provide national benchmarks to be included in diocesan advice to parishes.

Authority of these Guidelines

The intent is to provide national level guidance on common measures to implement the advice of national and international authorities regarding the Coronavirus pandemic.

The advice is based on the currently available information, recommendations and directives of the Australian Department of Health.  It will be reviewed and updated on a regular basis.

The focus of these recommendations is on parish based and workplace based activities.  It is not intended to address diocesan schools, aged care and community service organisations and dioceses should refer to peak bodies in those sectors for advice.



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