We’re using this page to address frequently asked questions raised by ordained ministers.

Online Synod Resources

Synod’s Terms of Placement Committee has a page on the Vic Tas website with some helpful resources.

Summary of Ministry Provisions and Charges 2021
This includes information on

  • current stipend level
  • ministers’s insurance
  • personal resources and development allowance
  • travel allowance
  • supply ministry
  • superannuation
  • Ministers Awaiting Placement Fund
  • Ministers Special Assurance Fund.

UCA Handbook 2020
This includes information on:

  • Leave (annual, public holidays, study leave, sick leave, carer’s leave, injury leave, compassionate or bereavement leave, parental leave, long service leave),
  • Allowances,
  • Car loans,
  • How to handle expenses,
  • Housing
  • retirement.

Also on this page you’ll find:

  • Ministry Remuneration Strategy Report 2019
  • Theology of Stipends 2019
  • Removal Guidelines – for ministers moving between placements or at retirement.
  • Long Service Leave Application for Ministers

The Synod Ministry Placements Committee has a Placements page on the Vic Tas website with some useful documents you could check out.

You’ll find templates for updating your ministry profile, a list of placement profiles that are currently available, along with a form to send in an expression of interest.

UCA Directory

The VicTas Synod has an online UCA directory, known as NOD, with contact details for people serving in placements, secretaries, treasurers, safe church contacts and working with children coordinators, and Synod staff. You can register for a password and update your details on the site.

Bethel Centre

The Bethel Centre is a counselling, education and support service which is funded by the Synod, but operates independently. Bethel’s services are available to individuals and groups in the Synod who have experienced trauma, abuse or misuse of power emotionally, spiritually, physically or sexually within the Church. Confidentiality is strictly maintained. Abuse and misuse of power may include bullying, intimidation and harassment that can sometimes be found in congregations. Support is also offered to those accused of, or who identify as, being a perpetrator.

This is free of charge and support is offered in person, by telephone or via skype. Bethel’s counsellors are fully qualified and have expertise in the areas of trauma and conflict recovery.