The Anglican Church of Australia has been known by this name since 24 August 1981.
Prior to this date it was known as the Church of England in Australia, a name that
reflects its origins as part of English colonial settlement during the 18th and
When the existing Constitution came into force in 1962 it contained the provisions
for a change of name (Sections 66 and 67). In 1966, the 2nd General Synod passed
Canon 16 which provided for a change of name in stages, namely that:
- the required number of dioceses had to give their assent to the change to the Constitution;
- following this, the various Acts of Parliament in the "Territories under the
control of the Commonwealth of Australia" were required to be amended.
- following this, the Primate, would declared a date for the Canon to come into effect.
It took all the necessary state and federal parliaments fifteen years to pass the
required legislative amendments.