The BCNSW is governed by a board of directors, which is supported by a team of officer staff and volunteers.  


The constitution of BCNSW  provides the structure for how we work as an organisation


Annual Reports

The BCNSW Annual Report  details a range of important information about us and our work over the past twelve months.  It  includes our  vision, activities and achievements and financial report.  

Our Board

Our Board members are strongly guided by their Buddhist practice in leading the BCNSW. The  Board is responsible for the governance, management and direction of our organisation.

We monitor the Buddhist Council’s financial and overall risks by having an annual audit, conducted by an independent auditor. The audit assesses the key attributes of our governance, monitoring areas such as compliance, risk management and strategic direction. This provides us with a clear portrait of our strengths, and areas that need work. Although we are not legally required to do this, the audit allows us to demonstrate a greater transparency to the Buddhist community, as well as equipping us with the comprehensive knowledge to better support and advise our members. 

Independent Financial Audit

The Buddhist Council’s most recent financial statements have been independently audited by Phoi Duong, Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. The auditor’s opinion is that the financial statements give a true and fair view of the Council’s financial position and comply with current accounting practice. After six audits from Phoi Duong, we are currently seeking a new auditor for this financial year period. We report to the Office of Fair Trading annually, and we comply with the Australian Tax Office and other relevant authorities..


On the instigation of the World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) a meeting was held in 1984 in Sydney to establish a regional branch of the WFB. The many existing Buddhist organisations subsequently came together to form the Buddhist Council of New South Wales as a representative body to promote co-operation across the Buddhist community.
The Buddhist Council of New South Wales constitution was first ratified at its inaugural Annual General Meeting in June, 1985. It was incorporated in March, 1991 and in 2000 received its ABN (18 550 218 989).
The late Graeme Lyall AO, the founding Chairman, led the development of the Buddhist Council of New South Wales from its inception through to his retirement from the board in December 2006. Graeme Lyall’s contribution to the development of Buddhism in Australia stretches over half a century.