Three significant UnitingCare community welfare agencies have declared a loss of confidence in the process intended to reform the network’s operations throughout Victoria and Tasmania.
The Boards of Kildonan UnitingCare, UnitingCare ReGen and UnitingCare Ballarat have unanimously passed resolutions declaring the current path will jeopardise the mission of the Church and put services to the community and our most vulnerable clients at risk.
The move comes just days before the UnitingCare Victoria and Tasmania Network’s Project Control Group (PCG) is expected to confirm its intentions to effectively force the amalgamation of 26 agencies under one Board.
It is understood the PCG is also expected to reveal the top level operational structure that will sit beneath the revised governance model, at a meeting with all agency CEO’s on Tuesday.
However, Kildonan UnitingCare, Re-Gen and UnitingCare Ballarat are united in their belief the process to date has been fundamentally flawed and therefore cannot deliver a sound outcome. They have issued the below shared statement of concern:
‘We believe we are at a fork in the road. The path we take in these coming days and weeks will determine, without doubt, the future strength and viability of the UnitingCare network in Victoria and Tasmania.
‘We are not trying to derail the process. We understand the drivers for change. However, we firmly believe there is a way to deliver on key objectives of the Church without engaging in a high risk change process, and that can better ensure the future success of our network.
‘We are committed to working constructively to develop sustainable reform of the agencies engaged in the church mission.
‘We now intend to exercise our rights under the Synod Standing Committee by-laws to take our concerns direct to the next Standing Committee to ensure they receive proper consideration.
‘We call on the Synod Standing Committee to make no further decisions until a revised process in which all agencies can truly engage is enacted.’ …Ends.
Spokesperson available for comment: Sandy Ross, Chair UnitingCare ReGen.
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