Mandate of the Bishops Commission for Health and Community Services

“To act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with your God” Micah 6:8

1.   Membership and Meetings

1.1.      The Commission shall comprise six bishops as determined by the Conference by laws.

1.2.      The Commission shall meet at least two times each year at a time and place that the members determine.  Use will be made of video or teleconference facilities when the agenda or circumstances warrants.

2.   Areas of Responsibility
The Commission promotes the life and mission of the Catholic Church in Australia in the following areas:

2.1      Social Services

2.2      Health and Aged Care

3.   Particular Functions
In particular, the Commission performs the following functions:

3.1   The Commission acts as a conduit for communication and advice between the Conference and Catholic Church agencies in the following areas:

3.1.1 Social Services

3.1.2 Health and Aged Care

3.2.   The Commission, as approved or requested by the Conference, develops national policies in specific areas of its responsibility.

3.3.   The Commission, in accordance with Conference policy, undertakes public and private advocacy in support of:

3.1.1 Social Services

3.1.2 Health and Aged Care

3.4.   The Commission undertakes such specific projects as the Conference may from time to time approve or request.

4.   Advisory Role
The Commission advises the Bishops and the Conference on issues that arise in the areas of its responsibility and, where appropriate, makes recommendations for action that might be undertaken at a national level.

5.   Advisory Bodies
The Commission recognises, in accordance with the mandate(s) in Schedule 1, the following advisory bodies to assist it in its responsibilities:

5.1    Catholic Social Services Australia

5.2    Catholic Health Australia

6.   Offices
The Commission supervises the work of the following offices in accordance with the mandates detailed in Schedule 2.

6.1   Catholic Social Services Australia
7.   Secretariat
The Secretariat for Catholic Social Services Australia assists the Commission in fulfilling its tasks.

8.   Other Agencies
At the invitation of the Commission, other Catholic Church community service, health, or aged care agencies may be invited to participate in meetings and work of the Commission as observers or contributors.

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