The Fellowship of Evangelical Churches of Australia is exactly that - a fellowship. It is a grouping of independent local churches, who meet together for fellowship, and for undertaking tasks that would be of mutual benefit.
As such, each member church of FECA is a seperately incorporated entity in its own right, and therefore enjoys a high degree of flexibility at the local level to determine its own ministry policies and priorities.
According to the FECA Constitution, member churches must conform to a certain level of theological alignment and risk management practices relating to ministry to children, but otherwise can operate autonomously.
This sets FECA apart from traditional denominational structures that are centrally governed and often incorporated into one large entity.
Understanding the history of FECA shows why this level of independence is part of the fellowship's DNA. The founding members all withdrew from centrally controlled denominations when it was felt that those denominations were not remaining faithful to the teaching of Scripture, and were forcing local congregations to follow suit.
Today, FECA seeks to constructively provide the independence required by local churches, while at the same time providing those churches with services that allow for efficient Gospel ministry.