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Bishop's Advisory Council

At its meeting on 14 May 2019, the Bishop's Advisory Council, together with Bishop Paul Bird, endorsed a process to develop a Vision for the Diocese for now and coming years.  This process includes consultation with the people of the Diocese. Details of this process including the Bishop's letter are here  Consultation submissions close on 15 July 2019.


At its meeting in May 2018 the Bishop's Advisory Council together with Bishop Paul Bird endorsed the 12 points from the 2014 Looking Forward document as the mission of the Diocese of Ballarat. The Mission can be found here.


Bishop's Advisory Council - Role

The Bishop's Advisory Council (BAC) exists to support and advise the Bishop in his duty to 'ensure that everything concerning the administration of the whole Diocese is properly coordinated and is directed in the way that will best achieve the good of that portion of the people of God entrusted in his care'.  (Canon 473.1)

The Bishops Advisory Council is an expression of ecclesiastical communion in that it provides a forum to focus on the common objectives of the Diocese and promotes unity of action in governance.  This coordination of activities enables focussed Diocesan activities avoiding fragmented or contradictory objectives.


The major responsibilities of the Council are:

  • To develop strategic directions and priorities for implementing the Diocesan Vision Statement
  • To guide those responsible for policy making in the Diocese through the development of principles which support the mission of the Church
  • To provide a broad context for informing decisions relating to the distribution of resources to meet pastoral needs in the Diocese
  • To articulate Catholic ethos and identity, and support Diocesan agencies in the promotion of this ethos through staff formation
  • To be a forum for the exchange of priorities, information and ideas between the agencies of the Diocese 


Bishop Paul Bird, Fr Kevin Maloney (Vicar-General), Fr Shane Mackinlay (Chair), Ms Audrey Brown, Mr John Meneely, Mr Tony Fitzgerald, Mr Andrew Jirik,
Mrs Anne Eskdale, Fr John Monaghan, BAC Executive Officer



  • Thursday February 14
  • Tuesday May 14
  • Tuesday August 13
  • Tuesday November 19


BAC Executive Officer
PO Box 121

Ph: (03) 5337 7125
Email: Bishop's Advisory Council





We are the Catholic Church in the Ballarat Diocese
we gather in the name of Jesus from the Murray to the sea
in interwoven faith communities. Spirit filled
we celebrate and share our journey
reaching out to nurture all God's people.

Diocesan Vision Statement 2005

All Enquiries

PO Box 576
Ballarat, Victoria 3353

Phone +61 3 5337 7111

Where to find us

Catholic Diocese of Ballarat
5 Lyons Street South
Ballarat, Victoria 3353