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Risk Management

Our Risk Management Team is responsible for supporting all areas of the Church in identifying, assessing and helping to manage key risks across the life of the Church. It works with other Synod teams and church councils and its scope includes a wide range of risk areas such as:

  • Environmental
  • Financial and property
  • IT/cybersecurity
  • Legal/compliance
  • Missional/operational
  • People
  • Reputational
  • Vulnerable persons

Simply put, risk management is the process of identifying and minimising these risks and challenges in order to help us achieve our objectives and maximise the outcomes and impact of our work.

Risk management generally considers the following questions:

  • What can go wrong and prevent achievement of objectives (risk sources/events)?
  • What things could occur to make that something go wrong (cause)?
  • If something did go wrong, how bad could it be (consequence)?
  • What is being done or could be done to prevent things going wrong, or to minimise the impact when they go wrong (controls)?

We recognise that effective risk management across all church councils is a key contributor towards achieving our missional and operational objectives and mitigating unwanted negative events. Effective risk management supports sustainability and safeguards mission, people, reputation, operations, and finances; ultimately supporting the ongoing pursuit of our vision and mission.

To support presbyteries and congregations in their risk management activities, a risk management framework has been prepared that is available to be adopted by presbyteries and congregations. Further work is planned to develop supporting tools and templates, these will be shared once available.

The Risk Management Team works across the Church to support and guide the response to a wide range of arising issues. Its involvement helps to ensure that we identify and consider a wide range potential areas of risks and prepare the organisation for the future.

If you would like support with risk management at your presbytery or congregation, or if something arises that may pose a risk to the Church, please contact the Risk Management Team at riskmanagement@victas.uca.org.au

Contact details

David Herbert
Director, Risk Management and Insurance Services
130 Lonsdale St Melbourne 3000
t (03) 9116 1903
e david.herbert@victas.uca.org.au

Tamika McLaren
Team Leader – Audit and Risk Management
130 Lonsdale St Melbourne 3000
t (03) 9116 1902
e tamika.mcLaren@victas.uca.org.au

Fire safety

Australia is one of the world’s most fire-prone countries and, for church organisations in high-risk areas, bushfire season presents a life-threatening hazard. The best way to manage these risks is to have plans in place well before the bushfire season begins.

To ensure you are properly prepared for the fire season we recommend you download and complete the CFA Bushfire Survival Guide and the CCI Surviving Bushfire Checklist.

You may wish to engage with the Synod’s OHS Officer for support on emergency preparation and management.

Elnura Dulakovic
Synod Safety Officer
130 Lonsdale St Melbourne 3000
t (03) 9116 1949
e elnura.dulakovic@victas.uca.org.au


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