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.
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.
For more information please visit www.bahai.org