Elected governing bodies look after the spiritual and administrative affairs of the Baha'i community at local, state, national and international levels. There are no clergy in the Baha’i Faith.

A Local Spiritual Assembly is elected annually in every local government area where there are nine or more adult Baha'is. In Australia there are about 200 Local Spiritual Assemblies in rural, regional and urban areas across the country.

These nine-member institutions are elected every year from the ordinary membership using a unique democratic system that excludes nominations or electioneering. Women and men aged 21 and over are eligible for election.

These institutions guide the development of the Baha'i community. Authority rests with the body as a whole, not with individuals. Elected members have no spiritual authority or privileges. They see Assembly membership as an opportunity for service.

There are three Regional Baha'i Councils in Australia responsible for the Baha’i community at the State and Territory level. These are the Baha'i Council for South-Eastern Australia (responsible for New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria), the Baha'i Council for Western and Central Australia (responsible for Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory) and the Baha'i Council for Queensland (responsible for Queensland).

The members of the National Spiritual Assembly, the nine-member national governing council in Australia, are elected every year at the National Baha'i Convention by elected local community delegates from around Australia.

The supreme institution of the Baha'i Faith is its nine-member international governing council called the Universal House of Justice. The members of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Australia join with their counterparts across the world to elect this body every five years. It has its permanent headquarters at the Baha’i World Centre in Haifa, Israel.

To contact a Baha'i institution, please visit the contact page.


All activities in the Baha’i community are supported by the voluntary contributions of Baha’is. We do not seek or accept funds from others for activities that relate to the internal development of the Baha’i community.

Funds from private, national, or international agencies are sometimes received for social and humanitarian initiatives, such as schools and agricultural projects designed to serve the community at large.

Current and past members of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Australia gathered at the Baha'i Temple to mark the institution's 75th anniversary in April 2009. Read more