In order to fulfil God’s mission, properties at some time need to be purchased or sold.  The Property Service Unit facilitates purchase and sell processes to ensure that our Mission requirements and legal obligations of the Uniting Church Synod of NSW and the ACT have been met.  As property ownership is attributed to the Property Trust, all transactions must comply with our Regulations and By-Laws. 

There are many detailed and onerous aspects of the purchasing and selling processes which the Property Services Unit are here to help with. We urge you to partner with us from the beginning to ensure that significant church property-related decisions are well-informed and supported by professional property expertise from the outset.

We’re here to help.

If you are considering purchasing a property, church bodies must consider

  • The size and scope of the Uniting Church Mission Need underpinning the need for property acquisition.
  • The impact on any other part of the church.
  • The financial capacity required to meet all associated costs initial and ongoing.
  • Full legal due diligence.
  • An appraisal of the present condition of the property.
  • The required authorised approvals as determined by our governance arrangements (Regulations and By-Laws).

Church bodies are required to contact the Property Services Unit and to complete a Purchase Application Form.

For all church bodies oversighted by a Presbytery, the Purchase Application Form must be submitted to the Presbytery and the Property Services Unit.

For purchases of $1 million and under, the Presbytery has the authority to approve according to its delegation and will provide details of the approval to the Property Services Unit.

For purchases above $1 million, the Presbytery needs to formally endorse and recommend approval to the Property Services Unit, which in turn will then submit the proposal to the Uniting Resources Board for approval.

For all other bodies, the Purchase Application Form must be submitted to the Property Services Unit, which in turn will then submit the proposal to the Uniting Resource Board for approval.

Details of the property and the purchase will be entered into the Synod Property Register and the church body will be responsible for the ongoing stewardship of the property.

To ensure that all obligations have been anticipated and met, contact the Property Services Unit from the outset.

If you are considering selling a property, church bodies must consider

  • The size and scope of the Uniting Church Mission Need underpinning the need for selling a property.
  • The impact on any other part of the church.
  • The financial capacity required to meet all associated costs initial and ongoing.
  • Full legal due diligence.
  • Whether sales proceeds are to be used to purchase a replacement.
  • The purpose and scope of the Sales Proceeds Policy which addresses Mission, Common Wealth, Stewardship and Best Use.
  • The required authorised approvals as determined by our governance arrangements (Regulations and By-Laws).

Church bodies are required to contact the Property Services Unit and to complete a Sales Application Form.

For all church bodies oversighted by a Presbytery, the Sales Application Form must be submitted to the Presbytery and the Property Services Unit.

For sales of $1 million and under, the Presbytery has the authority to approve according to its delegation and will provide details of the approval to Property Services Unit.

For sales above $1 million, the Presbytery needs to formally endorse and recommend approval to the Property Services Unit, which in turn will submit the proposal to the Uniting Resources Board for approval.

For all other bodies, the proposal is to be submitted to the Property Services Unit, which in turn will submit the proposal to the Uniting Resource Board for approval.

Your Property Services Client Representative will ensure that all documentation requirements and legal obligations have been completed. Details of the property and the purchase will be entered into the Synod Property Register and the body concludes ongoing responsibility for the property sold.

To ensure that all obligations have been anticipated and met, contact the Property Services Unit from the outset.