Safe Ministry Screening and Ministry Clearance Requirements

Bishop’s Licences and Authorities

Clergy and Lay people seeking a Bishop’s Licence or Authority as well as people entering the Diocesan Year of Discernment must complete the following forms:

Licence Application/Renewal Form:
Application form – editable PDF
Application form – printable PDF

General Synod Safe Ministry Check

General Synod Safe Ministry Referee Screening Questionnaire (Please note: the Diocesan Office will directly contact all three referees as stated in your Safe Ministry Check to complete this questionnaire.)

These forms are current as of April 2020. Previous versions of these forms will not be accepted.

Licence Renewal

Clergy and Lay people wishing to renew their current ministry Licence or Authority will need to follow the same process, however, would only need to complete the Application Form if they have previously completed the General Synod Safe Ministry Check and Referee Questionnaires.

Application Submission

All completed forms are to be submitted to the Diocesan Office for review either by:

Email:
safeministry@newcastleanglican.org.au

or

Post:
Anglican Diocese of Newcastle
PO Box 817
Newcastle NSW 2300

Copies of this information will be retained by the Diocesan Office.


Application for ministry as a Voluntary Church Worker (aged 18+) on the first occasion of appointment or re-appointment

You should review the Volunteers and Other Church Workers Policy.

You must complete the following forms:

The General Synod Volunteer Safe Ministry Check

From 1 March 2020 new voluntary church workers should also have a Volunteer Agreement. The Parish should also arrange a National Register Check through the Diocesan Office by completing the National Register Check For Lay Ministry

Copies of this information is to be retained by the Parish Office. Electronic copies of the information may be lodged with the Diocesan Office.


Application for ministry as a Voluntary Church Worker (aged 13 – 17) on the first occasion of appointment or re-appointment

You should review the Volunteers and Other Church Workers Policy.

You must complete the following forms:

The General Synod Youth Volunteer Safe Ministry Check 

From 1 March 2020 new voluntary church workers should also have a Volunteer Agreement

Copies of this information is to be retained by the Parish Office. Electronic copies of the information may be lodged with the Diocesan Office.


RETIRED AND IN GOOD STANDING

The Diocese will maintain and publish a list of clergy who have retired, do not seek a licence or permission for ministry, and remain in good standing. The Bishop no longer issues a limited permission to officiate to clergy aged over 80 years.


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Policy updated – 5 July 2020