The Holy Archdiocese of Australia has approved the rules of its new Constitution, following the endorsed presentation by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, in which it will be governed moving forward by a Holy Eparchical Synod.

This is a result of decisions made by the Mother Church with the Eparchical Synod to be comprised of the incumbent Archbishop of the day (who will also preside it) along with his active assistant Bishops, who will operate as Regional Bishops.

These changes to the constitution have been met with positivity and appreciation by Archbishop Makarios, who will be the first presiding Archbishop of Australia for this Eparchical Synod which establishes an ecclesiastical functioning governance of the Holy Archdiocese of Australia.

In the announcement, it was confirmed that the Synodical Committees of the Ecumenical Patriarchate will continue their work in dealing with individual issues and details.

The historic change comes at a momentous time for the Holy Archdiocese of Australia as it approaches its 100th anniversary since its foundation in 1924.