The Knights of the Southern Cross (New South Wales) was incorporated on 31 January 1991 in New South Wales.
The Order complies with the requirements of the Associations Incorporation Act 1984. The Order is a not for profit body governed by a State Council who give their time voluntarily. The State Council discharges its responsibilities under the Act.
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The Order of the Knights of the Southern Cross (New South Wales) is an autonomous State branch of a national organisation. It comprises of metropolitan and country branches. The Order in New South Wales has its own Constitution and elected State Council.
As a national organisation, the Order is a foundation member of the International Alliance of Catholic Knights (IACK); a non-governmental organisation officially recognised by the Vatican in accordance with the Code of Canon Law.
On 22 July 2008, the Order was granted Special Consultative Status by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations Organization.
The Order in New South Wales is governed by the State Council. Membership of the State Council includes: the State Chairman and a maximum of twelve other members known as State Councillors. Each of these individuals have voting rights.
The State Chaplain and the State Administrative Officer are non-voting members of the State Council.
The Order's State headquarters is located in Sydney in New South Wales. The State Administrative Officer is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the State Office. They support and report to the State Chairman and the State Council. The State Administrative Officer implements the strategic direction and policies of the State Council.
The State Chaplain is appointed by the Archbishop of Sydney to provide spiritual guidance to the State Order. The State Chaplain attends and participates in all meetings of the State Council as a non-voting member.