The Legislative Incorporation Task Group has acknowledged that the current political environment made the Victorian Government’s legislative plans for the Church to move to an incorporated legal structure unclear.
Task Group Convenor Rev Dr John Evans said the Government had initially been very keen for religious organisations to become incorporated.
But, that had become derailed because of its own slow response to implementing all of its Betrayal of Trust report’s recommendations, the desire of the Commonwealth to develop a ‘national’ redress scheme for victims and survivors of sexual abuse and the expected release of the Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in December.
Dr Evans said the Task Group had been assiduous in its work but what it may mean for the Church to be incorporated was currently unclear.
It was because of this uncertainty that the Task Group introduced a proposal to allow the Standing Committee to act and continue to liaise with other parts of the Church on the matter.