The role of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) is to facilitate the co-operative work of the churches of the Anglican Communion, exchange information between the provinces and churches, and help to co-ordinate common action. It advises on the organisation and structures of the Communion, and seeks to develop common policies with respect to the world mission of the Church, including ecumenical matters.
The ACC has byelaws and a constitution and through its networks and programmes seeks to serve the needs of member churches. There is a chair, vice-chair and standing committee elected by the members. The current chair is Canon Maggie Swinson. The Vice-chair is Archbishop Hosam Naoum of Jerusalem. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the President the ACC.
The ACC can be seen as the most representative body of gathered Anglicans among the Instruments of Communion. It includes members of the laity, archbishops, bishops, priests, and deacons. Provinces send two or three representatives and select them in different ways. For the first time, at ACC-17, there were youth delegates from the regions.
Meetings are held around the world approximately every three years. The most recent plenary meeting (ACC-18) was held in Accra, Ghana, in February 2023.