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The Uniting Church in Australia Synod of NSW and ACT Social Justice Forum is an advisory committee of the Synod and Uniting, supported by passionate activists, who believe in a fairer society for all Australians.

Their campaigns unite communities and create a powerful collective voice to tackle injustice and advocate for some of the most vulnerable in our society.

Our call for an inclusive, connected and just NSW

A distinctive feature of Uniting NSW.ACT, the social service arm of the NSW and ACT Synod of the Uniting Church, is the close link between our services, our research and policy work, and our advocacy.

Uniting has published a policy paper which sets out our vision to create a society in NSW that is inclusive, connected and just. We have published this vision to coincide with the March 2019 state election and have shared it with all current MPs (Members of Parliament) and MLCs (Members of the Legislative Council).

Our vision outlines actions to achieve the kind of society we want to build together to uphold Christian values and principles and honour the democratic culture which binds us as a nation. It draws on our experience and expertise in working with some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in NSW.

Inclusive, connected and just: Our Vision for NSW outlines concrete, achievable solutions to ensure that some of the most marginalised people in our communities do not miss out on the benefits of a strong economy. These focus on:

  • creating affordable housing and reducing homelessness
  • improving the health and wellbeing of people with drug-related issues through improved provision of drug treatment
  • giving all children a good start in life through early learning
  • improving the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children and young people by providing earlier, proactive support
  • improving life chances for young people leaving out-of-home care
  • addressing gaps in support for people with disability and their families
  • improving the health and wellbeing of older people and reducing avoidable hospitalisations.

We also call for a serious commitment to address the entrenched disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with strategies shaped in partnership with Aboriginal communities.

Give Hope campaign for people seeking asylum

War and conflict have caused a global humanitarian crisis. As a result, 60 million people around the world have been displaced from their homes.

We’re deeply concerned by the way refugees and people seeking asylum are being treated in Australia. Refugees and people seeking asylum show extraordinary courage to survive unimaginable terrors, find safety and build new lives with their families. They have much to offer our community – if we give them a safe place to live and a chance to ‘call Australia home’.

The Give Hope: Uniting for Asylum Seekers Campaign urges all Australians to show compassion. We’re calling for a fairer, more compassionate approach to refugee and asylum seeker policies in Australia.

Anyone can get involved in the campaign.

Email your Federal MP to say “We Can Do Better” for refugees and people seeking asylum. You can also find out more at our Give Hope webpage, join us on Facebook or sign up for campaign news and action alerts.

Our calls for more affordable housing

We're calling on our government leaders to improve housing affordability and security for people who need it the most.

The effects of the housing crisis are felt across our communities. Rising house prices and a severe shortage of affordable rental properties are pushing more people into housing stress. For the most vulnerable it’s getting harder to find a secure and affordable place to live.

‘Leaving it to the market’ won’t fix this. We need governments to adopt long-term plans, set aside significant quotas of affordable rentals in new developments, provide better security for renters, and reform tax laws to encourage investment in affordable housing.

You can show your support and take action by emailing your local MP now about affordable housing.

Find out more at our affordable housing webpage, join us on Facebook or sign up for campaign news and action alerts.

Calling for a re-think on illegal drugs

The Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of NSW and the ACT is calling for a re-think on illegal drug use. We’re campaigning for reform to law and policy in NSW and the ACT so that personal use of small amounts of drugs is treated as a health and social issue – not subject to jail terms and criminal records.

Our calls for action are centred on the growing body of medical and social evidence that proves a new approach is needed. In doing so, we join an increasing number of community members who have already backed these reforms.

We’re supported by expert organisations including health, medical, nursing, paramedical, drug treatment, faith-based, legal, social equity, civil liberties, community welfare, specialist research and other bodies.

Find out more at our drug law reform webpage, join us on Facebook or sign up for campaign news and action alerts.

Get in touch

We’d love to hear from you. You can reach the Social Justice Forum on (02) 9407 3225 or email socialjustice@uniting.org.