The Australian College of Theology was established in 1891 by the General Synod of the Church of England in Australia. In 1899, there were four awards of the College - the Associate in Theology, the Licentiate in Theology, the Scholar in Theology, and the Fellow of the College of Theology - and about 30 students.
Today the College offers a wide range of accredited higher education awards catering not only for the specialised needs of ministerial and missionary candidates but also for the needs of lay people interested in an understanding of the Christian faith and its implications for contemporary life. We have 30 higher education awards and over 3,000 active students around the world enrolled with us.
The Australian College of Theology exists as a partnership between the Anglican Church of Australia and a confessionally diverse, national network of 17 Bible and theological colleges delivering the awards of the College on its behalf. This relationship is given expression in the ACT's Institutional Approval Procedures and a Memorandum of Understanding signed by each affiliated college and the Board of Directors, which is the governing body of the College.
The Australian College of Theology (ACT), as a cooperative partnership of the Anglican Church of Australia and Christian theological colleges, each with their own church and agency stakeholders, will
(1) exercise leadership in providing programs of demonstrable quality in Christian theological education,
(2) assist affiliated colleges to deliver those programs and to maintain and improve institutional academic quality,
(3) support each affiliated college in the task of equipping students for the practice of Christian ministry,
(4) facilitate each college’s realisation of the full potential of its formational, educative and scholarly endeavour, and
(5) foster a culture of research and scholarship across the ACT network.
On 25 October 2007, the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia made the Australian College of Theology Canon 2007. The Schedule of this Canon was the Constitution of the Australian College of Theology Limited ('the College'), A Public Company Limited by Guarantee.
At a Special General Meeting of the Australian College of Theology Council Limited held on 20 November 2007, the name of the company was changed to Australian College of Theology Limited, and the Constitution embodied in the Schedule of the Canon was adopted. You can download a copy of the most recent version of the Constitution of the Australian College of Theology Limited here.
The statement of corporate governance was approved by the Board of Directors at its
meeting on 28 March 2011. The statement is referenced in the 2010 Audited Statements.
For a copy of the ACT Governance Structure, click here.
In August 2007, in response to a request of the then Minister of Education, Julie Bishop, the Australian College of Theology produced an Action Plan relating to the audit of the College by the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA). You can download a copy of the audit action plan here.
View the ACT Research and Scholarship Management Plan 2011-2013 (PDF)
Under the Higher Education Support Act 2001 and the National Guidelines for Higher Education Approval Process - Guidelines for awarding self-accrediting authority to higher education institutions other than universities, the Australian College of Theology was granted self-accrediting authority the ASCED field of Religious Studies from the period 1 August 2010 to 30 April 2015.
The following courses have been accredited by the Australian College of Theology until the end of 2016:
View the ACT Submission for the Bradley Review of Higher Education
View Academic Freedom: Submission to Senate Inquiry (August 2008)
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There is a commercial parking station directly opposite the building.
Town Hall railway station and a significant bus terminal at the Queen Victoria Building are within easy walking distance.