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ABM is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. It is governed by a Board
of 14 Directors. The Chair and eight of those Directors are appointed by the Standing Committee of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia, and comprise a representative from each of the six Provinces of the Anglican Church of Australia and the Diocese of Tasmania, as well as one bishop. One further Director is elected by the ABM Associates, and the Board appoints an additional four Directors as well as an Executive Director. The President of ABM is the Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia.

Development Expertise The Executive Director and one other Board Director must have expertise in Community Development.

Committees The Directors appoint committees to manage the affairs of ABM at a more detailed level. These are:

  • Development Committee – responsible for ABM’s Community Development and Humanitarian Aid Programs
  • Finance Committee – responsible for reviewing ABM’s finances and overseeing risk management, including reviewing the Risk Register and ensuring alignment with the Board-approved risk profile
  • Partnership Committee – responsible for overseeing ABM’s relationships with the Anglican Church of Australia and overseas partners.


ABM is required to report to every ordinary session of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia, and in years when no ordinary session is convened, to the Standing Committee of General Synod.


In accordance with the Christian faith, as expressed in the Anglican tradition which provides the foundation for ABM, ABM’s objectives are to lead, encourage and serve the Church in Christ’s mission in the world, specifically, but not limited to:

  • engaging in and providing assistance to sustainable development activities, activities for the benevolent relief and eradication of poverty or distress, and emergency relief operated under ecumenical auspices or in churches of the Anglican Communion or in partnership with such churches, including the recruiting, training and supporting of persons to serve in the Anglican Communion or in partnership with such churches;

  • supporting evangelism and church growth among Indigenous Australian Anglicans and overseas members of the Anglican Communion, including supporting training and leadership development;
  • educating and stimulating the Church in the responsibility of mission;
  • developing and strengthening mutually respectful partnerships that foster collaboration and support for benevolent activities.

You can read the full version of ABM’s Constitution hereFull versions of ABM’s Governance Documents and other Policies are available on request.


ABM Board of Directors


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