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Clergy Licence

For further enquiries and questions on clergy licensing please contact the Diocesan Bishop’s Office on 6232 3612.

The following documentation must be completed by all clergy (deacons, priests and bishops) being licenced in this Diocese for the first time, when moving to a new position within this Diocese and when seeking an Authority to Officiate (ATO) for the first time. For renewal of ATOs after three (3) years the streamlined requirements are listed below.

An Authority to Officiate differs from a clergy licence in that the ATO generally is not to a particular position, rather to a role and permission is granted to officiate as a deacon or priest within this Diocese whenever lawfully invited to do so.

For clergy licencing the following documents need to be completed and cleared by the Diocesan Bishop before he/she is able to grant a licence.

Safe Ministry Checks

Renewing an ATO after three (3) years


  • For Clergy working in the ACT please send a photocopy of your up-to-date ACT Working With Vulnerable People Check (WWVP) card to the Diocesan Bishop’s Office