Committee Expression of Interest
The Synod of VicTas, including our various Agencies, has numerous Governance Committees made up of passionate Uniting Church members who bring their own unique set of skills, experience and gifts to the committees on which they serve.
The purpose of these committees is to ensure that the work of the Church is undertaken within all regulatory and strategic frameworks, and to provide guidance, direction and inspiration.
Agency boards and committees are also comprised of people from the wider community who share the Uniting Church’s values.
Below you will find a list of just some of our committees. To read about more about any or all of these, simply click on the committee which interests you.
Having read about our committees, if you feel called to express an interest in serving as a committee member, simply complete the Expression of Interest form at the bottom of this page.
The Bethel Centre’s professional counselling, pastoral care and education service offers quality care and support for congregations, individuals, and families within or connected to the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania. We support reconciliation and healing for hurt experienced as a consequence of church life.
We are seeking Council Members whose gifts and skills include: having a passion for Pastoral Care and support of those who suffer in the life of the church, a maturity of character and ability to function well within the meetings of the council, an experience with a CALD or a Youth perspective, a good working knowledge of some parts of the Uniting Church, and who can be effective advocates for Bethel in the wider life of the church.
Additionally those with skills in Counselling and Psychology or PR and Marketing would be gratefully welcomed!
The Finance Committee exercises governance responsibility in internal financial management reporting, investment strategy, review of various business cases and oversight of the financial sustainability of the Synod.
Finance Committee meets monthly on Tuesdays from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. It seeks members with broad commercial skills and an understanding and commitment to the Uniting Church. Finance Committee would benefit from greater age, ethnic and gender diversity.
The Ministry and Mission Committee supports the ecclesial, compliance and governance responsibilities of the Standing Committee by promoting the communal following of Christ in the wider community, facilitating reflection on current and emerging mission and ministry across the life of the Church, and providing oversight of Synod based ministries and operations in their alignment with the missional and strategic directions adopted by the Synod meeting.
The Committee consists of ten members appointed for three years and it meets at least nine times a year on the third Wednesday evening of each month.
The Committee seeks a range of members of all ages and backgrounds who reflect the diversity and gifts of the Church.
The Property & Operations Committee (P&O) exercises governance responsibility for areas such as finance, insurance & risk, property and legal matters. It encourages and promotes the financial sustainability of the Synod and is supported by the Finance Committee and the Audit & Risk Management Committee. P&O also provides policy and other advice as required and it reports to the Synod Standing Committee.
P&O meets monthly on Thursdays from 5pm to 9pm with occasional additional meetings. It seeks members with broad commercial skills and an understanding and commitment to the Uniting Church. P&O would benefit from greater age, ethnic and gender diversity.
The Synod Audit and Risk Committee (ARC) is a specialist committee formed to support the governance functions of Synod. As a subcommittee of the Property and Operations Committee, the ARC provides an independent view of risk, control and compliance framework, financial controls and external financial accountability.
These governance functions are managed through the development and monitoring of the Risk Management Framework and the Internal Audit work plan. In addition, the ARC considers the appointment of the External Auditor, reviews the Synod financial statements and provides advice to the Property and Operations Committee.
The skills that ARC looks for are a demonstrated expertise in risk management and audit, preferably with appropriate qualifications. In addition, the committee is seeking a broader gender and cultural diversity.
The Synod Ethics Committee was set up in 2018 ago to scope the range of issues emerging within Australian society whose ethical dimensions have implications on the life of faith generally, and the Uniting Church in particular. We name the priority issues which may require further engagement by the Church, we develop reports and theological reflection for the Moderator and Standing Committee in order to resource them, and we use Crosslight to inform and resource congregations and other parts of the church. We seek to form a wider circle of specialism around the appointed Ethics Committee members who are willing to be part of particular projects. In particular, we are seeking to hear from First Peoples and people from different cultural groups, both first and second generation. The particular skills we seek are legal, farming, technology, engineering, and medical.
This Committee advises and recommends to the Synod or its Standing Committee the level of stipends, allowances and other aspects of remuneration and long service leave for ordained ministers and lay people who are in approved placement. This includes the development of policy and the provision of advice consulting, as necessary, with presbyteries, congregation/s, Uniting Church committees and bodies and other Church and Ecumenical bodies.
The Committee has a mixture of ministers and lay people. It needs members with experience in industrial relations, human resource management, public advocacy, the resource challenges of congregations, agencies and other church bodies and the material challenges of being a minister.
Some of the issues the committee deals with are complex. An ability to read complicated and detailed reports and understand issues from both a theological and practical viewpoint is an advantage. Many decisions are made upon balance, weighing carefully the data and information available and the implications for the whole Church.
Each year there are four regular meetings on a Thursday morning between 10:00am and 12:30pm via videoconference.
UC Camping operates five sites across the Synod and is deeply “missional” through all activities of the Unit - in interactions with young people in school programs, generous hospitality provided to many from both within and beyond the Christian faith, and intentional programs providing support and opportunity to those experiencing hardship and with special needs.
The UCCC ensures effective oversight and governance of UC Camping. It meets both virtually and face to face, usually five times a year. Its members are passionate about the perspective and refreshment that can be gained from being part of temporary communities that meet in settings that include the bush, beaches and mountains.
The Terms of Reference for its membership include a range of identified capacities. Currently expressions of interest would be welcome from persons with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and from persons with experience in the camping industry and/or the education sector, and from residents of Tasmania with a vision for camping in that part of the Synod.
Expressions of interest would also be welcome from people keen to support camping in the life of Presbyteries, and with the mission of specific campsites, through service on Presbytery Campsite Committees.
U Ethical is an investment manager with a difference. We believe in creating a better world by investing with purpose—today and into the future. Our first funds were established in 1985 and over recent years we have grown steadily to become one of the largest ethical investment managers in Australia with over $1 billion under management.
U Ethical is an autonomous social enterprise of the Uniting Church and a public company limited by guarantee with an independent skills-based board. Its governance structure includes three board committees: investment; audit, risk and compliance; and people and nominations.
U Ethical operates in a highly regulated environment. It holds an Australian financial services licence and is regulated primarily by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
From time-to-time, U Ethical seeks to fill roles on its board or committees with suitably qualified and skilled individuals. Please note that pre-requisites include completion of the Australian Company Directors Course or similar. As and when openings arise, they will be advertised in Synod’s e-news.
Uniting Housing Victoria is a Community Housing Provider (CHP) registered with the Victorian Housing Registrar. Uniting Housing Australia was established in April 2020 to operate in Tasmania, with registration approved in October 2020 to operate as a Tier 2 CHP under the National Regulatory System for Community Housing.
The two entities share the same Board of Directors.
Both Uniting Housing entities operate to provide affordable homes for individuals and families in housing stress, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We provide inclusive housing services in Melbourne and regional Victoria to address a diverse range of housing needs. We have plans to establish a housing portfolio in Tasmania in early 2021.
We work in partnership with Uniting Vic.Tas and other community agencies to ensure people we assist can access a range of supports in an integrated approach to service delivery.
The role of the Board is to ensure the Uniting network achieves its social housing mission and strategic goals and objectives and, in doing so, meets all the legal and moral responsibilities and requirements.
When vacancies arise skills and experience in housing, law, finance, risk and audit, governance, building and construction, and insurance will be highly valued in any applicants.
More information about Uniting Housing can be found here unitinghousing.org.au.
Uniting Vic.Tas is the community services organisation of the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania. For over 100 years, we have helped individuals, families and communities thrive, with services that build independence, confidence and capability. We deliver a broad range of services in the areas of aged and carer, alcohol and other drugs, child, youth and families, crisis and homelessness, disability, early learning, employment and mental health.
The Uniting Board is responsible for ensuring effective governance of the organisation and to set and monitor the strategic direction of the organisation.
Should a vacancy arise on either the board or board subcommittees we are seeking individuals with the following skills and experience:
- Experience as a Director or in a governance role
- Demonstrated commitment to the community services mission of the Uniting Church in Australia
- Experience in areas such as governance, community services (including disability, mental health or family services), finance, risk management, marketing, media, fundraising, theology and ethics
- Demonstrated skills in leadership and governance, commercial acumen and change management skills
- Experience in empowering leadership teams through the review, approval and monitoring of strategic plans and the annual budget
Our purpose: To inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice
Our values: We are imaginative, respectful, compassionate and bold