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The National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) Gender Commission was formed in 2001 as a result of a decision of the Forum of the National Council of Churches in Australia. The Gender Commission grew out of the
previous NCCA Network on Women and Gender Relationships which had been established in 1996.

This Commission was established in recognition of the ongoing struggle of women and supportive men within the various church traditions and structures to develop inclusive models of community, education and ministry. The Commission has developed out of the awareness that the role and place of women in society and Church is often limited by oppressive structures.


The Gender Commission will work to develop and promote effective inclusive models of Christian life within and between member churches, NCCA, Commissions and Networks and other agencies as appropriate.


"...all are created in the image of God"...

  • The NCCA Gender Commission is inspired by the Gospel of Jesus who recognised and honoured the role and place of women in His society.
  • The Gender Commission will reflect on and discern how the Gospel message is being lived out in our member Churches.
  • The Gender Commission is challenged by the Gospel of Jesus to act with dignity and wholeness in all its
  • The Gender Commission, empowered by the Gospel vision will encourage dialogue between Churches and act to encourage the development of justice and equality.

To read the Gender Commission's Mandate, click here.

The Members of the Commission Are:

Anglican Church
Mrs Deborah Palmer
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Barbara Lumley
Churches of Christ
to be appointed
Roman Catholic Church in Australia
Ms Rosemary Breen
Coptic Orthodox Church
to be appointed
Roman Catholic Church in Australia - Indigenous Ministry
Mrs Elsie Heiss
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia
to be appointed
The Salvation Army
Major Susan Reese
Lutheran Church of Australia
Mrs Tanna MacKenzie
Uniting Church in Australia
to be appointed
National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission (NATSIEC)
Mr Graeme Mundine
National Council of Churches
General Secretary
The Revd Tara Curlewis
Australian Baptist Ministries
The Revd Robyn Richardson
For Further Information:

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