Property Services within the Synod of NSW and the ACT assists all parts of the The Uniting Church Synod of NSW and ACT to manage our properties for purchase, sale, build, lease and maintenance. 

We can help with:

We can also advise about building management including: Energy and water efficiency, building compliance, Work Health Safety property requirements such as fire safety, maintenance, information and records, heritage, valuations and signage.

We are the central point of all relevant property information including land values, Annual Fire Statements, cemetery information, energy reporting, contractor engagement, funding grants, acts and legislation.

According to The Basis of Union  "All Church property is the common wealth of the community of Christ to serve its purpose in proclaiming the gospel. The entire Church is, therefore, responsible for using and managing property. Decisions about property must not be made in isolation, but in relation to one another as the community of Christ."

Any significant property-related decisions must be approved by the Synod Property Board, as all property is legally owned by the Property Trust.

Congregations are responsible for enabling local worship, witness and service.  Providing facilities and resources in support of the work of the Congregation (Regulations 3.1.1(c)(vi))

Presbyteries are responsible for the oversight of Congregations as is “necessary to the life and mission of the Church”, and “stimulating and encouraging the Congregations” (Constitution para 26).

The Synod is responsible for “the general oversight, direction and administration of… worship, witness and service…”. “Exercising executive, administrative, pastoral and disciplinary functions over Presbyteries…” (Constitution para 32).

Any property-related decision must be well-informed by professional expertise.

It’s important that adequate consultation and feedback is addressed before any final decisions are made.

The Synod Office and the Strategic Property team are currently finalising new Policies, Procedures and process maps related to all Property transactions and Sale Proceeds across the Synod.

Part of the process in finalising these policies and procedures is the requirement to undertake a broad consultation and discernment process across the Synod.

We envisage this consultation and discernment process to commence soon. More details and invitations will be issued shortly.

In light of the above, the Synod Board has resolved to implement a pause on any new requests for movement of sales proceeds to the Ethical Diversified Fund (EDF) and Non-Real Estate Mission Applications (NREMA).

Moving forward, all mission related funding applications are to be submitted to the Growth Investment Committee.

We thank you for your patience and look forward to working with you.

If you have any further enquiries please contact property@nswact.uca.org.au

Property Services acknowledges that Congregation and Presbytery members take good care and stewardship of our property.

While no individual part of the Church “owns” or has a “right” to property we provide a helpful service of one-stop advice and services.

As the property portfolio is very diverse our advice and services are also diverse and vast.

Our aim is to work in partnership.

The Uniting Church Cemeteries and Crematoriums have important social, historical and religious values and have important commemorative functions. Cemeteries are historic records of Australian Society. More informaiton about Cemetaries and Crematoria Procedures can be found here.