Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy AO

Archbishop of Perth

Kay Goldsworthy, AO

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Kay Goldsworthy, Archbishop of Perth

Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy AO was born and called to ministry in the Diocese of Melbourne.

Kay studied theology at Trinity College within the University of Melbourne and the United Faculty of Theology in Parkville, before serving in the Parishes of Thomastown/Epping and Deer Park/St Albans.

She became Deaconess in 1984 and was ordained Deacon in 1986, where she worked in the parishes of Thomastown and Deer Park in Melbourne. In 1988, she was appointed Chaplain to Perth College in the Diocese of Perth and was among the first women in Australia to be ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Peter Carnley on 7 March 1992.

She has also served the Diocese of Perth as Rector of the Parish of Applecross, as Canon of St George’s Cathedral, Archdeacon of Fremantle, Archdeacon of Perth, Diocesan Registrar and Diocesan Administrator. Kay was appointed Assistant Bishop by Archbishop Roger Herft and was the first woman ordained to the episcopate in Australia on 22 May 2008.

On the international scene Kay is the Anglican Church of Australia's Episcopal member of the Anglican Consultative Council, a member of the Lambeth Conference Phase 3 Working Group and Chair of the Anglican Communion Schools' Network (ACSN).

  • On 11 December 2014 Bishop Kay was elected to become the diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Gippsland and was installed on 21 March 2015.
  • In the Australian 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours List, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for "distinguished service to religion through the Anglican Church of Australia, as a pioneer and role model for women, to church administration, and to pastoral care and equality".
  • On 21 August 2017 Bishop Kay was elected as the Eighth Archbishop of Perth and Metropolitan of the Province of Western Australia. On 10 February 2018, Kay was installed as the first female archbishop in the Anglican Church of Australia.
  • Archbishop Kay was elected a Fellow of Trinity College, Melbourne, in May 2022.
  • She will be awarded a Doctor of Divinity honoris causa from the University of Divinity on 14 April 2024.
Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy

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Episcopal Team

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The Right Reverend Kate Wilmot

On Thursday 6 August 2015, The Right Reverend Kate Wilmot was consecrated as Assistant Bishop of Perth.

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The Right Reverend Hans Christiansen

On 2 February 2024, The Right Reverend Hans Christiansen was consecrated as Assistant Bishop for the Anglican Diocese of Perth.

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The Right Reverend David Bassett

On 2 February 2024, The Right Reverend David Bassett was consecrated as Assistant Bishop for the Anglican Diocese of Perth.

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The Venerable Angela Webb

Archdeacon of Perth and Archbishop’s Registrar

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The Venerable Kathy Barrett-Lennard

Archdeacon, Gnamma (Nhumbat, Weitj-Kalaya, Nyniyarn and Karda Deaneries)

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The Venerable Lionel Snell

Archdeacon to the Sudanese Communities

Mandy Herriman

The Venerable Mandy Herriman

Archdeacon to the Household of Deacons

Peter Boyland

The Venerable Peter Boyland

Archdeacon, Wirrin (Keela and Koolbardi Deaneries)

Gill Rookyard

The Venerable Gill Rookyard

Archdeacon Assisting

Former Archbishops

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Roger Herft

The Seventh Archbishop of Perth (2005 – 2017)

Peter Carnley

Dr Peter F Carnley, AC

The Sixth Archbishop of Perth (1981-2005) and Primate of the Anglican Church in Australia (2000-2005)


Geoffrey Tremayne Sambell

The Fifth Archbishop of Perth (1969-1980)

George Appleton

George Appleton

The Fourth Archbishop of Perth (1963-1969)

Archbishop Robert William Haines Moline

Robert William Haines Moline

Third Archbishop of Perth (1947–1962)

Le Fanu

Henry Frewen Le Fanu

The Second Archbishop of Perth (1929-1946) and Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia (1935-1946)

The Most Reverend Charles Riley

The Most Reverend Charles Riley

The Third Bishop of Perth (1895-1914) and First Archbishop of Perth (1914-1929)

Henry Hutton Parry

Henry Hutton Parry

The Second Bishop of Perth (1876-1893)

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Mathew Bladgen Hale

The First Bishop of Perth (1857 – 1875)