The Constitution of the Anglican Church of Australia establishes General Synod, which includes representatives from all Anglican Dioceses in Australia and sets out the underlying principles for how the Anglican Church in Australia is to be governed. 


A General Synod Canon, The Diocese of Adelaide Constitution Canon came into effect in 1980 and enabled the establishment of the current Constitution of the Diocese of Adelaide. 


The Constitution is the governing document for the Diocese, and contains chapters that establish the role and powers of the Synod and Diocesan Council.  It explains how 'the authority and power to provide for the life and growth, the order and good government and the management of the affairs of the Diocese' is vested in the Bishop and the Synod. For instance, it describes how Synod representatives are elected and appointed and how Synod business is conducted.