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book-g.jpg Pastors are respectfully requested and expected to organise assembly affairs in order to abide by our agreed policy positions.

These are policy positions we take to comply with the law or because we have agreed that they are in the best interests of our assemblies as a whole.

Legal requirements are mostly Australian, but others may advise of the situation in their country and have it noted it here to help other local pastors. Each policy notes to which assemblies they apply.

 


Charity Status


Guide to Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) – PDF

Summary: provides guidance in respect of the new Australian Commission that regulates tax-exempt status (and other matters) for charities and not-for-profits in Australia.
Applies to: Australian assemblies.
Date: issued 2013.
More information: Darcy Ryan


Children


The requirements for reporting and protection of children vary from country to country, and even between states. Two examples are given below. The first one, RCI Child Protection Manual, was first issued in 2008, and since updated in 2013. The following set of documents is from 2018, updated in 2021, and while aimed at Victorian (Australia) assemblies, the concepts and material is useful worldwide. Note that the mandatory reporting regime that exists in Australia is fully supported by our Church, and even in those countries where it doesn’t exist, is still our policy.

RCI Child Protection Manual 2013 – PDF

Summary: gives the requirements for those who have roles with children in the assembly.
Applies to Australian assemblies for legal components. All assemblies world-wide are expected to conform with the guidance and principles.
Dates: First issued 2008 (called then “Working with Children”). Reviewed and updated 2013.
More information: Darcy Ryan

 

Victorian Context Child Protection Material

Policy: Our Commitment to child safety– Word Doc

Detailed Risk Management – Word Doc

Reporting Process (Victoria Australia only) – PDF

Working With Children REGISTER (Victoria Australia only) – Excel spreadsheet

Summary: Another example within the Victorian Context for requirements for those who have roles with children in the assembly.
Applies to Australian assemblies for legal components. All assemblies world-wide are expected to conform with the guidance and principles.
Dates: 2018, updated and put here June 2021
More information: Tom Andrews

 

 


Websites and the Internet


Assembly Websites – MS Word

Summary: keep assembly sites local; don’t put up detailed doctrine or talks – that is done via our main site.
Applies to: all assemblies, world-wide.
Dates: First issued 2004. Reviewed 2013.
More information: Geoff Beggs


 

File types

PDF – Adobe Portable Document Format – can be read by the free Adobe Acrobat reader.

MS Word – Microsoft Word Doc – can be read by most software.

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