About our national network

UnitingCare Australia is the national body for the UnitingCare Network, one of the largest providers of community services in Australia. With over 1,600 sites, the network employs 40,000 staff and is supported by the work of over 30,000 volunteers.

We provide services to children, young people and families, Indigenous Australians, people with disabilities, the poor and disadvantaged, people from culturally diverse backgrounds and older Australians in urban, rural and remote communities.

UnitingCare Australia works with and on behalf of the UnitingCare Network to advocate for policies and programs that will improve people’s quality of life. UnitingCare Australia is committed to speaking with and on behalf of those who are the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, for the common good.

40,000

Employees

30,000

volunteers

1,600+

Locations

Mission and Mandate

our key responsibilities

UnitingCare Australia’s Mission is to express God’s love for all people through the Uniting Church’s commitment to supporting individuals, families and communities through advocacy and the enhancement of community service provision.

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To this end, UnitingCare Australia’s key responsibilities are to:

  • Encourage theological reflection on the Church’s community services work.
  • Advocate to Government and within the Church and community those policies and practices which enhance the dignity of people, especially those who are most disadvantaged and marginalised.
  • Enable exchange of information across Synods and Uniting Church service providers.
  • Seek to enhance the quality of community service provision by the Uniting Church.
  • Represent the views of the Uniting Church service providers to governments.
  • Work as appropriate with other churches and peak organisations in the community services sector. Act on requests and referrals from Synods and the Assembly.

The Uniting Church in Australia

our history

The Uniting Church in Australia was formed on June 22, 1977, as a union of three churches: the Congregational Union of Australia, the Methodist Church of Australasia and the Presbyterian Church of Australia.

In uniting, the members of those bodies testified to "that unity which is both Christ's gift and will for the Church" (basis of union, para. 1). Ecumenism remains a vital aspect in all of the church's life and work - in congregations, national commitments to work together with other churches, and relationships and partnerships with churches of various denominations in Asia and the Pacific.

The Uniting Church is the third largest Christian denomination in Australia. It has around 2,800 congregations, 51 presbyteries and seven synods. Uniting Church members number 300,000 while 1.3 million Australians claim an association.

  • 300,000

    Members
  • 1.3 million

    australians associated
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National Committee and OFFICE

our people

Bronwyn-Pike

Bronwyn Pike

Chair

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Colleen Geyer

General Secretary, Uniting Church in Australia Assembly

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Claerwen Little

National Director

Advisory Networks

The work of UnitingCare Australia's National Committee and National Office is enhanced and supported by three advisory networks that assist in identifying issues requiring national action. Members of these advisory networks are drawn from across the broader UnitingCare Network.

The role of the advisory networks is to develop, review and reflect upon the policies and practices of the Uniting Church in its community services ministry with people; and contribute to the advocacy of UnitingCare Australia. 

The main networks are:

  • Aged Care Network
  • Children Young People and Families (CYPF) Network
  • Social Policy Network
  • Ministry and Mission Network

There are also a number of working groups who support the work of the National Office, including:

  • Disability Working Group
  • Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Working Group
  • Out of Home Care (OOHC) Working Group
  • Royal Commission Working Group

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resources

foundation documents

resources mandate

Foundation Documents

UnitingCare Australia Mandate

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resources faith foundations

Foundation Documents

Faith Foundations

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resources statement to the nation

Foundation documents

Uniting Church’s Statement to the Nation

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