"Australia's first women priests under the authority of the recent General Synod canons were ordained in Adelaide on Saturday 5 December , despite a public protest from the Dean of Adelaide [the Rt. Rev. Lionel Renfrey]." "There are now about 90 women priests in the Anglican Church of Australia in 10 of its 24 dioceses".
"In his Presidential Address to the Synod of the Diocese of Melbourne, the Most Rev. Keith Rayner, Primate of the Australian Anglican Church, said that the ordination of women bishops was a logical progression after women priests, and called on the diocese to study the matter carefully."
"In November , Sydney's diocesan synod rejected a compromise attempt to allow women priests to be ordained in the diocese. It also refused to accept the new Australian prayer book". The diocese, Australia's largest "has long argued against women priests on the grounds that the Bible denies headship to women in the Church or at home". "The Synod found Australia's new prayer book `not Evangelical in tone or tendency' and refused to accept it."
Australia's first women priests under the authority of the recent General Synod canon were ordained in Adelaide on Saturday, 5 December 1992 despite a public protest by the Dean of Adelaide. There are now 80 women priests in the Anglican Church of Australia and it is estimated that the Australian Church will have 92 women priests in 10 of its 24 dioceses by the end of 1992.
The Anglican Catholic Church in Australia was formed in August 1987. Most of its members are opposed to the ordination of women but their dissatisfaction with the Anglican Church of Australia is not focussed on that single issue.
The new Anglican Catholic Church in Australia has been blessed by the Rt. Rev. Robert Mercer, former Bishop of Matabeleland, and now part of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada.
"Dioceses are lining up to be among the first to ordain women priests in the Anglican Church of Australia." Bishop Owen Dowling of Canberra and Goulburn had originally intended to ordain the first women priests on 24 February 1991 but he "recently announced he will wait for the legal issues to be clarified by the Church's Appellate Tribunal, or high court."