Mandate of the Bishops Commission for Family, Youth and Life


The Bishops Commission for Family, Youth and Life was established in May 2015 by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

1. Membership and Meeting

1.1 The Commission shall comprise four (4) bishops as determined by the Conference by-laws

1.2 The Commission shall meet at least two (2) 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:

  • Family and Marriage support
  • Marriage preparation
  • Fertility education
  • Pregnancy Support Services
  • Life and related issues
  • Youth

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

3.1. The Commission monitors the activity of the Church and its agencies in the following area:

3.1.1 Fertility Education Australia

3.2 The Commission keeps itself informed of the activities and progress of the Australian Network of Diocesan Youth Ministry Coordinators.

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

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

3.5 The Commission will designate a bishop to act as its delegate in the following areas:

3.5.1 Marriage and Family Life

3.5.2 Youth

3.5.3 Life and related issues

3.5.4 Natural Family Planning

3.5.5 Other areas within the Commission’s mandate which the Commission determines require the attention of a Bishop Delegate.

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 establishes, in accordance with the mandates in Schedule 1, the following advisory bodies to assist it in its responsibilities:

5.1 The Australian Catholic Marriage and Family Council

5.2 The Australian Catholic Life Council

5.3 The Australian Catholic Youth Council

6. Relations

6.1 The Commission maintains formal relations with:

6.1.1 Diocesan Life, Marriage and Family Offices through the Australian Catholic Life Council and the Australian Catholic Marriage and Family Council respectively.

6.1.2 Various pro-life, family and youth groups

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

7.1 Office for Youth

8. Secretariat
The Secretariat for Family, Youth and Life, comprised of the Executive Secretary, and Director, Youth Office, and temporary positions as may be required and approved from time to time, assists the Commission in fulfilling its tasks.

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