There are a number of groups which are required to report to the Standing Committee of the General Synod. These include Commissions, Task Forces, Working Groups and Networks, and other bodies established by Canon of General Synod.
A Task Force can be established by the Standing Committee of General Synod when it believes that the Church would benefit from specific advice on a contemporary issue, project or activity in an area of the Church's mission. With their clearly defined task boundaries, these groups operate for a limited time. Their recommendations are then put to the Standing Committee of the General Synod and their advice made available to Anglicans everywhere. Task Force reports are written to inform the church and the wider community with the thoughts and opinions expressed by Task Force members offered to all members of the Anglican Church as they think through the various issues and reflect on their ramifications for Anglican life and practice. Their findings are not necessarily an official or institutional pronouncement.
The General Synod or its Standing Committee establishes Working Groups to deal with specific matters that require the attention of a small group of representative specialists. These matters need to be of national significance as each of the twenty-three dioceses of the Anglican Church of Australia are responsible for dealing with their own regional or local life and mission.
Some groups can deal with matters on an ongoing basis, whilst others operate only for a fixed period of time or are concerned with a clearly defined project of importance to the life of the Church nationally. Working Groups report to the Standing Committee at such times and on such basis as the Standing Committee may from time to time require.
There are a number of Networks which operate within the Anglican Church of Australia. The functions of a General Synod Network are:
a) To share information and ideas among those with common concerns;
b) To facilitate joint action by the members of the Network from within their own shared resources;
c) To communicate with Standing Committee on issues of significance.