Diocesan Statutes and Canons

Synod passes legislation that governs the life of the diocese.

These are the statutes that governs the life of parishes and may be of most interest to parishes, parish council and officers.

The Constitution Act of the Diocese of Perth 1871 sets the foundation for the diocese.

The Synod Elections Statute 2007 is the statute governing the elections to Synod.

For ease of identification, Canons of the General Synod affecting the Diocese of Perth and adopted by statute of the Diocese of Perth, conclude with the reference “Canon” and the year passed by General Synod.  Reference is contained within each Canon as to the year of adoption by statute by the Synod of the Diocese of Perth.

Current Statutes and CanonsReference/Historical Statutes and CanonsArchived Statutes and Canons

Constitutions and Interpretation Statute

1 Constitution Of Anglican Church Of Australia (265.4 KB)


2 Constitution Of Province Of Western Australia 1914-1984 (115.1 KB)


3 Constitution Of The Diocese Of Perth 1871 (108.7 KB)


4 Interpretation Statute 2016 (150.9 KB)


Governance Statutes

5 Appellate Tribunal Canon 1981 (106.1 KB)


7 General Synod Elections Statute 1962 (74.1 KB)


8 Synod Standing Orders Of Perth Diocesan Synod 2007 (316.0 KB)


9 Canon Concerning Authority On Certain Matters 1989 (76.3 KB)


10 Diocesan Trustees Statute 2016 (144.2 KB)


11 Diocesan Council Statute 2016 (138.1 KB)


12 Parish Governance Statute 2016 (380.8 KB)


13 Cathedral Statute 1966 (123.8 KB)


14 Mt Hawthorn Co-operating Community Authorisation Statute (137.6 KB)


Legislation concerning clerical and lay persons within the Diocese

15 Canon Concerning Holy Orders 2004 (129.2 KB)


16 Holy Orders (Reception Into Ministry) 2004 (84.8 KB)


17 Holy Orders Relinquishment Deposition Canon 2004 (144.5 KB)


18 Archbishop's Statute 2016 (135.5 KB)


19 Consecration Of Bishops Canon 1966 (85.3 KB)


20 Bishop (Incapacity) Canon 1995-98 (96.3 KB)


21 Episcopal Standards Statute (301.2 KB)


22 Offences Canon 1962-1998 (82.4 KB)


23 Clergy Appointments Statute 1996 (118.1 KB)


24 Statute To Regulate The Institution Of The Clergy 1903 (71.2 KB)


25 Clergy Retiring Age Statute 2003 (92.1 KB)


26 Clergy Discipline Statute (97.3 KB)


27 Professional Standards Statute 2015 (302.8 KB)


28 Long Service Leave Canon 2010 (216.9 KB)


29 Defence Force Ministry Canon 1985 (89.5 KB)


30 Authorised Lay Ministry Canon 1992 (81.8 KB)


31 National Register Canon 2007 (167.8 KB)


Legislation governing Property & Finance within the Diocese

32 Trust Funds Statute 2016 (113.7 KB)


33 Diocesan Council Funds Statute 2016 (121.4 KB)


35 Records And Archives Statute 1996 (108.5 KB)


36 Cemeteries Statute 1974 (74.0 KB)


Legislation governing other matters within the Diocese

37 John Wollaston Education Centre Statute (78.0 KB)


38 Anglican Children and Youth Ministry Statute 2008 (86.3 KB)


39 Anglican EcoCare Statute (81.9 KB)


40 Protection Of The Environment Canon 2007 (81.8 KB)


41 Social Responsibilities Statute (86.0 KB)


Canons governing Church life, ritual and ceremonial within the Diocese

42 Canon Concerning Baptism 1992 (82.5 KB)


43 Canon Concerning Confirmation 1992 (76.9 KB)


44 Reception Canon 1981-95 (97.7 KB)


45 Admission To Holy Communion Canon 1973 (77.7 KB)


46 Canon For The Admission Of Children To Holy Communion 1985 (76.4 KB)


47 Holy Communion Canon 2001 (79.4 KB)


48 Solemnization Of Matrimony Canon 1981 (78.3 KB)


49 Matrimony (Prohibited Relationships) Canon 1981 (84.9 KB)


50 Marriage Of Divorced Persons Canon 1981 (79.3 KB)


51 Canons Concerning Services 1992 (80.4 KB)


52 Canon Concerning Vesture of Ministers 1992 (77.1 KB)


53 Canon Concerning Confessions 1989 (83.2 KB)


Archived Statutes and Canons