The Cretan Federation of Australia and New Zealand (CFANZ) is a non-profit, non-politically aligned or motivated, community based organisation which was first formed in Australia, on the 13th of April, 1980.
Some of the objectives for which the Federation has been established are:
a) The further tightening of relations between the Member Organisations of the Federation in Australia and New Zealand.
b) To assist the founding and maintenance of efforts that ensure the survival and prospering of the specific Cretan culture and customs in Australia and New Zealand.
c) The commitment to solving the general problems of the Cretan communities of Australia and New Zealand in relation to the Australian, New Zealand and Greek authorities.
d) The promotion of Crete and Cretan people, in the wider Australian and New Zealand communities, in conjunction with the Member Organisations.
e) To undertake the role of arbitrator between Member Organisations in dispute with one another, when the dispute is deemed detrimental to the Federation by the National Executive Committee. The Member Organisations recognise the arbitratory authority of the Federation.
f) The commitment to seeking unification of Member Organisations of the same state, into one unified state organisation.
g) The cultivation of efforts uniting the Cretans of the world, outside of Greece, into a world-wide Confederation.
h) The absolute co-operation (to the extent Where there is no undue influence or interference with the administration of the Federation) with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand, the legitimate Governments-of-the-day of Greece, Australia and New Zealand, their respective Ministries, Departments, State and Municipal authorities, Embassies and Consulate offices, the Council for Greeks Abroad, as well as all other national Hellenic federations or organisations in Australia and New Zealand.
i) The annual coordination of the Commemoration of the Battle of Crete on an Australian and New Zealand wide scale.
j) The invitation of musical/dancing and/or other cultural groups or individuals nom overseas and/or the engagement of local musical/dancing and/or other cultural groups or individuals for the recreation of Cretans in Australia and New Zealand: The Member Organisations are obliged to ignore every other musical/dancing and/or other cultural groups or individuals not sanctioned by the Federation.
k) To participate in efforts that benefit the Greater Hellenic Community in domestic and international affairs.
l) To assist the founding and maintenance in Australia and New Zealand of efforts that uphold the Hellenic Ideals and Language and accept the equal responsibility for this, together with all ether Hellenic organisations.
m) To assist in the founding and maintenance of any future Cretan organisations in the Asian region which may desire to unite under the Federation’s umbrella.
— Source: CFANZ Constitution