The western NSW Anglican Diocese of Bathurst covers about a third of NSW, stretching from the Blue Mountains to the Queensland border. The regional church office is in Bathurst, assisting the region's 34 Parishes.
It covers the region bordered by:
Oberon, Cowra and West Wyalong in the south,
west to Cobar and Bourke
across the north-west to Coonamble and Coonabarabran,
and in the east by Coolah, Mudgee and Rylstone.
The diocese is governed by a balance of powers between the Bishop and a governing council known as the Diocesan Synod.
The Synod of the Diocese of Bathurst currently has around 125 members including the Bishop as President, the Diocesan Chancellor (legal advisor), the Bishop's Registrar (financial and management advisor), all clergy who have been given charge of a parish, and two elected representatives from each parish. The Bishop may add to this list any other clergy working in the diocese; up to three youth representatives; and up to ten additional lay people.
The Synod has authority to make laws to govern the church within the diocese, but these laws only come into effect with the consent of the Bishop. Synod normally meets once a year, and between these meetings it delegates its authorithy to a diocesan executive known as Bishop-in-Council.
The parishes of the Diocese are also grouped into Ministry Regions, to encourage mutuals support and sharing of resources.