CLERGY REMOVAL AND RELOCATION COSTS AND LEAVE POLICY
Last Updated: 8 March 2022
The costs associated with the transport of furniture and other goods belonging to clergy are shared between the Diocese and parishes and special districts. For moves of clergy within the Diocese the costs are shared equally, that is, 50:50, between the Diocese and the parochial district concerned. For people coming into the Diocese from elsewhere in Australia, the Diocese meets 75 per cent of the costs and the parochial district 25 per cent. For clergy coming from overseas to minister at a parish level within the Diocese, or returning to Australia for this purpose, the Diocese and the parochial district where they are to minister share (75:25) the costs of transporting any furniture and other goods within Australia to the place where they are to minister.
For clergy taking up Diocesan appointments, and these involve a relocation, the Diocese meets costs associated with the move.
Unordained ministry workers who move into the Diocese to take up a stipendiary ministry position with a parish or with the Diocese with the expectation that they will be ordained at the next appropriate opportunity are to be treated as clergy for the purposes of this policy. Similarly, unordained ministry workers who move into the Diocese to take up a stipendiary ministry position with a parish or with the Diocese with the expectation that they may be ordained after a period of probation are also to be treated as clergy for the purposes of this policy.
The effects, furniture and other household goods of clergy while in transit are covered by the Diocese’s insurance arrangements.
Where clergy are either moving into or within the Diocese they should obtain three written quotations for the packing and transport of their effects, furniture and household goods and forward them to the Registrar for his consideration.
Since July 2015 the Diocese has been assisting with the costs of clergy moving into retirement, or their surviving spouse moving where the clergyperson dies while holding a stipendiary position in a parish, special district or Diocesan agency. The amount of assistance is currently $5,200. This will rise to $5,400 from 1 July 2019 and will rise in $200 increments in July 2021 and 2023 until it reaches $6,000 in July 2025.
In terms of time off for clergy during a move, the Diocesan Council has approved Paid Relocation Leave of one week for all clergy and their families moving between parishes in the Diocese, with stipend and other associated expenses to the value of 3.5 days being contributed by both the outgoing and the incoming parishes, with the leave to include one Sunday.