The conference has a president and a vice-president, a permanent committee, various bishops commissions and a general secretariat. It was established in 1966. ThecCommissions deal with subjects such as canon law, justice, ecology and development and pastoral life.
Archbishop Denis Hart, Metropolitan Archbishop of Melbourne, was elected as the president of the ACBC at the bishops plenary in May 2012.
The previous president of the conference was ArchbishopPhilip Wilson who was elected to a two-year term in 2006 and re-elected in 2008 and 2010.
The secretariat is based in Canberra under the management of the Reverend Brian Lucas. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference meets at least annually.