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Lay Minister Licence (Honorary and Paid)

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

Essential background information on the licensing of lay ministers is set out in Lay Ministers Within the Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn.

For licensing as a lay minister the following documents need to be completed by the Rector/ Head of a Ministry Unit, their community and the individual then cleared by the Diocesan Bishop before the Bishop is able grant a lay minister licence.

NOTE: Stipendary Lay Ministers need to complete a higher level Safe Ministry Check and on some occasions the Bishop may require a Lay Minister to complete that level of check.

Lay Minister’s Documentation

Stipendary Lay Minister’s Documentation

Safe Ministry Requirements for Licensing

License holders have positions of leadership, power and trust. As such, the Diocese must ensure that we have done all that is reasonably practicable to ensure each applicant is safe to hold a licence.

Our Diocesan Screening Protocol and Guidelines 2019 set out the requirements for licensing including:

  • Safe Ministry Questionnaire.
  • Three (3) written referee reports
  • National Police Check
  • Current Safe Ministry Training (renewed every 3 years)
  • If working in NSW, a Working with Children Check approval from the NSW Government.
  • If working in the ACT, a Working with Vulnerable People approval from the ACT Government.
  • Anglican National Register check (completed by the Diocese)
  • Anglican National Professional Standards Network clearance (done by the Diocese)
  • Interview/Endorsement by the Bishop

To complete your Safe Ministry screening requirements online via our secure online Safe Ministry Information System (SMIS), please contact the Bishop’s Office or the Safe Ministry Unit. If you would like to discuss your particular situation, contact the Safe Ministry Unit at or by telephone on 02 6245 7160.