Governance

Constitution

The Knights of the Southern Cross (Australia) was incorporated on 12 May 1994 in accordance with the provisions of the Associations Incorporation Act 1991, in the Australian Capital Territory.

The Order complies with the requirements of the Act. The Order is a not for profit body governed by a National Executive who give their time voluntarily. The National Executive discharges its responsibilities under the Act.

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Organisation

The Order of the Knights of the Southern Cross (Australia) is a federation of autonomous State branches coordinated by a National Council. Each State branch has its own Constitution and elected State Council.

The Order is a foundation member of the International Alliance of Catholic Knights (IACK); a non-governmental organisation officially recognised by the Vatican in accordance with the Code of Canon Law.

On 22 July 2008, the Order was granted Special Consultative Status by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations Organization

National Council

The National Order is governed by the National Council. Membership of the National Council includes: the Supreme Knight, the Deputy Supreme Knight, the National Secretary, and two National Councillors from each State. Each of these individuals have voting rights.

The National Chaplain and the Chairman of Southern Cross Care (Australia) are non-voting members of the National Council. 

National Executive

The operational matters of the National Order are managed by the National Executive. Membership of the National Executive includes: the Supreme Knight, the Deputy Supreme Knight, the National Secretary, and one National Councillor from each State. Each of these individuals have voting rights.

The National Chaplain and the Chairman of Southern Cross Care (Australia) are non-voting members of the National Executive.

The National Council empowers the National Executive to look after the day-to-day running of the Order.

National Office

The Order’s national headquarters is located in Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory. The National Executive Officer is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the National Office. They support and report to the National Executive. The National Executive Officer implements the strategic direction and policies of the National Executive.

National Chaplain

The National Chaplain is appointed by the Australian Catholic Bishop’s Conference to provide spiritual guidance to the National Order. The National Chaplain attends and participates in all meetings of the National Council and National Executive as a non-voting member.

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