The Vicar General assists the Archbishop and Bishops in the governance of the diocese.  The priest appointed to the Office is to be known for his sound doctrine, integrity, prudence and practical experience (Canon 478 §1).

The Vicar General possesses by virtue of his Office the same executive power as the Bishop throughout the whole diocese as belongs by law to the Bishop.  This means that the Vicar General can perform all administrative acts as the Bishop does, with the exception of those administrative acts which the Bishop has reserved to himself, or which by law requires a special mandate of the Bishop (Canon 479 §1).

The Vicar General of the Archdiocese is Very Rev Joe Caddy. Enquiries can be directed to him as follows:-
 Phone:  (03) 9926 5638
 Fax:   (03) 9926 5698
 Postal  Address:   PO Box 146, East  Melbourne, Victoria 8002