About Us

Our mission

The Sydney Diocesan Secretariat (“SDS”) exists to support the mission of the Anglican Church in the Diocese of Sydney. We mainly do this by providing a range of professional services to diocesan organisations and parishes in support of the central administration of the Diocese. However, we also provide services to other organisations affiliated with the Diocese.

 

Our services

Our services include financial management, corporate secretarial, legal, property oversight, IT and human resources. We also manage the procurement of services from external providers of insurance and investment management.

 

Organisations we serve

SDS was initially established to provide services to the Synod, Standing Committee and parishes of the Diocese. This remains an important part of our work. However over time we have extended our service offering to a number of other diocesan organisations including –

 

  • Anglican Church Property Trust Diocese of Sydney
  • Glebe Administration Board
  • St Andrew’s House Corporation
  • Endowment of the See Committee
  • Professional Standards Unit
  • Finance and Loans Board
  • Anglican Education Commission (“Anglican EdComm”)
  • Ministry Training and Development
  • New Churches for New Communities
  • Mission Property Committee
 

Our website

Our website is home to a large amount of information relevant the administration of the Diocese and its parishes. This includes information about –

 

  • the Synod, the Standing Committee and the other organisations served by SDS
  • responsibilities of wardens, Synod representatives and other parish officers
  • parish insurance
  • parish property and financial administration
  • remuneration of ministry staff
  • parish AGMs,
  • and much more.

 

The SDS website also provides a searchable database of important historical and contemporary documents relevant to the governance of the Diocese. This includes the ordinances, regulations and policies of the Synod, and circulars and reports about specific matters, for example regulatory updates and alerts. The records of past and present sessions of Synod are also available.

 

Our people

As partners in the mission of the Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney, SDS staff bring dedication as well as a wealth of experience and professional expertise to our work. As a Christian organisation, we have committed to undertake our work in a way that reflects the following bible-based values –

  • care
  • diligence
  • service
  • integrity

 

Our day to day operations are run by a senior management team headed by CEO, Robert Wicks. Please click here to see our organisational structure.

 

Our board

We are governed by a board of up to 10 members.

The current members of the board are –

Chair: Mr Ross Smith

Mr Mark Ballantyne
The Rev Edward Brush
Mr Greg Hammond OAM
Mr John Pascoe

Mr Andrew Stanley
Bishop Michael Stead
Prof Peter Wolnizer OAM
 

 

Please click here if you would like to know more about each of our board members.

 

Our relationship to the Archbishop

The Archbishop is the President of SDS. Although the Archbishop is not a member of the board, he is entitled to attend board meetings and may address the board on any pastoral or policy issue concerning the Anglican Church of Australia as it applies to SDS.

 

Our constitution

SDS is constituted by the Sydney Diocesan Secretariat Ordinance 2017.

 

Our annual reports

Below are our annual reports and annual financial statements for the last three years –

 

Further information

See our current employment opportunities.

If you would like more information, please contact us.