Kay Goldsworthy elected Archbishop of Perth

Posted on August 29, 2017 
Filed under Australian dioceses

An announcement from the Diocese of Perth:

“I write to share with you the highly anticipated announcement of the election of the eighth Archbishop of Perth.  

After an extensive eight-month selection process involving a committee of 10 lay people and 10 priests, which was open to nominations from around the worldwide Anglican Communion, the Archbishop Election Committee elected a candidate who has served with distinction for almost a decade as a Bishop in the Australian Church.

The Right Reverend Kay Goldsworthy AO, currently Bishop of Gippsland, has been elected Archbishop of Perth and is looking forward to working with the people of the Diocese of Perth and the wider Western Australian community.

The Archbishop-elect has fulfilled her ministry for more than three decades in three Australian Dioceses and brings a breadth and depth of wisdom and an ability to collaborate with diverse members of the Church community.

Bishop Kay was one of the first women ordained to the priesthood in St George’s Cathedral in 1992 by Archbishop Peter Carnley, and in 2008 she was consecrated as the first Bishop who was a woman in The Anglican Church of Australia by Archbishop Roger Herft.

Bishop Kay has a wealth of diocesan, national and international experience, including being a long-standing member of General Synod and a member of international Anglican Consultative Council and is also the first woman elected to the role of Archbishop in Australia.

Bishop Kay is well known in Perth and has displayed excellent leadership and hospitality across the Perth community. The Diocese is very much looking forward to welcoming Bishop Kay and her husband Jeri James.

Elected Bishop of Gippsland in 2014, Bishop Kay is now widely welcomed as a grounded leader and healer, able to work constructively and creatively with everyone in the Anglican community and beyond.

Bishop Kay’s installation as the eighth Archbishop of Perth, and Metropolitan of the Province of Western Australia will take place in St George’s Cathedral, Perth, on Saturday 10 February 2018.

We look forward to extending the hand of friendship and a warm welcome to the Archbishop-elect.

In Christ


The Right Reverend Kate Wilmot Administrator.”

Photo: Diocese of Gippsland.


Kay Goldsworthy Australia’s first female Anglican archbishop – Perth Now.

Earlier stories:

Second Australian woman bishop announced – 25 April 2008.

“The first Australian woman bishop, Kay Goldsworthy, was announced on April 11. At that time, ACL President Dr Mark Thompson said that the Perth decision add ‘a new level of difficulty to the relationship between the various dioceses in the Anglican Church of Australia and raises a series of significant issues of conscience for those committed to living out the teaching of Scripture, rejoicing in that teaching as God’s good word to us’.”

Sydney Synod “grieved” by actions of Bishops of Gippsland and Wangaratta – 16 October 2015.