Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) coordinates the activities of Catholic bishops in Australia. In addition to facilitating the bishops' biannual meetings, it also includes a permanent secretariat and a variety of commissions dealing with specific and ongoing issues. Through its media center, ACBC also issues statements to the media regarding a variety of public affairs, ranging from family planning to immigration policy. In addition, its research directorate provides advice for laypeople and policymakers on bioethics and legal-political issues.