The Treasurer is often (but not always) an accountant with a particular skillset. The person appointed has significant financial responsibilities and is a key member of the governance team for a Parish.
The Parishes Statute 2009 describes their role as follows:
13. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE TREASURER
(1) It shall be the duty of the Treasurer, either personally or by delegation:
(a) To ensure that accounts owing by the Parish are paid in a timely manner.
(b) To present at each regular Meeting of the Vestry a financial report including a full account of all receipts and payments and a budget comparison for the financial year then current. In the event of the report disclosing that the aggregate cash balance of the Parish's 15/5 (2009) general funds bank accounts is in overdraft (and has been for the past three months) to the extent of $2,000 (or such other amount from time to time fixed by Standing Committee) to forward to the Diocesan Manager a copy of such financial report within seven days of its presentation, and to continue to forward such reports following successive Vestry Meetings thereafter until the overdraft is less than $2,000 (or such other amount from time to time fixed by Standing Committee).
(c) To prepare following the close of each financial year, the accounts of the Parish in such a form as may from time to time be directed by the Standing Committee and as set out in the Parish Manual, which shall include as a minimum; a Statement of Financial Performance and a Statement of Financial Position in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
(d) After the review of the accounts to submit them to the Parishioners at the Annual General Meeting, and to forward a copy to the Diocesan Manager.