All members of the Diocese are invited to give feedback on the following three draft documents relating to Diocesan governance by 21st April 2023:

  1. Governance Policy

The care of the people of the Diocese of Rockhampton is entrusted by the Holy Father to the Bishop (can. 376). The Bishop exercises this care by teaching, sanctifying and governing. The draft Governance Policy states clearly those principles by which the Bishop wishes the Diocese to be governed, particularly given that many people are entrusted to help him in the function of governance. In reading this document, terms used regularly by the Bishop will be obvious, such as Synodality and Co-responsibility.

Other terms used often in corporate governance also feature in the document, such as Accountability, Transparency and Risk Management, as the Bishop considers them to be similarly important in the contemporary governance of the Diocese.

Click here to view the draft Governance Policy.

  1. Use of Diocesan Resources Policy

The Use of Diocesan Resources Policy recognises that the Diocese, like any organisation, relies upon the careful stewardship of its resources to be able to continue to deliver its mission. Within this document, the Bishop establishes the expectations of all Diocesan personnel who use and manage Diocesan resources.

Click here to view the draft Use of Diocesan Resources Policy.

  1. Meetings Procedure

Meetings are an important part of everyday life for Diocesan entities and are a primary forum for making decisions. The Meetings Procedure aims to ensure that good governance practices are adopted in any meetings held in the name of the Diocese to ensure transparency, accountability and meeting effectiveness.

Click here to view the draft Meetings Procedure.

All members of the Diocese are invited to submit feedback as part of this consultation, noting that some documents will only be applicable to some people. For example, the Meetings Procedure is largely applicable to those who take part in Diocesan meetings.

You may respond in the capacity of an individual or on behalf of a Diocesan entity, committee, or group. As an individual, a person may respond as a parishioner, a member of personnel, or as a member of a Diocesan entity, committee, or group.

These documents are not intended to complicate matters unnecessarily. Much of the content of these documents would already be regarded as the current understanding within the Diocese. They are intended to codify good governance in our Diocese and, in most cases, to complement existing practices.

Thank you for your assistance. If you have any questions, please email at director.dserv@rok.catholic.net.au.

 

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