Advocating for change.

As part of our mission to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice, we raise a collective voice to speak up for those who may not be heard.

Raising a voice and restoring community​

Uniting for a cause.​

At Uniting, we come alongside our consumers, striving to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice. 

Positive change is possible if we work together. Speaking up and standing as one, we can influence our world and protect our most vulnerable people. 

'Cant afford to live' research report

Launched on the 19 October 2022 research was undertaken by Uniting in partnership with the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology in order to better understand the impact of cost of living rises on consumers of community services.

The data is based on a diverse cohort of 112 consumers including people on income support, as well as people working full-time, parents, carers and retirees.

We found:
  • 92% of respondents were cutting back on food and groceries due to cost
  • 70% were unable to eat well
  • Parents, carers and people with a disability were skipping meals even if cooking for others
  • Two thirds reported pressure from the rising cost of energy bills
  • Half of respondents were cutting back on heating
  • One in two were experiencing mental health impacts
  • Half of respondents reported impacts on their housing situation with Tasmanians 25% more likely to report impacts on their housing situation
  • Women were more frequently experiencing cost pressures and were more negatively impacted across life areas than men

There are some days that I can’t go out in the car due to the cost. We can’t afford to have the heater on at night. We use blankets and our house has damp. We can’t afford to use electricity at night. We use torches instead of turning the lights on. The kids can’t have baths any more”

This research provides evidence that the rising cost of living is deepening financial, housing and food insecurity, and impacting mental and physical health, while also increasing social isolation.

By delivering a strong consumer voice in our advocacy work, we include:

Your voice

Consumers are heard by decision-makers

Your experience

Our advocacy is based on lived experience.

Your choices

Consumers share in the decision making about our advocacy.

Advocacy in action.

A forum held in Ballarat this week as part of Homelessness Week has helped shine a light on the daily uncertainty, fear …
We welcome a ‘fair and balanced’ 2023-24 Victorian State Budget which maintains support for those who need it most.
Uniting Vic.Tas has welcomed the increased support for families and vulnerable communities in this year’s Federal Budget but sees it as an …
Community organisations join forces calling for immediate increase to income support payments to tackle youth homelessness.
Uniting Vic.Tas welcomes the leadership displayed by the Victorian Government in its commitment to raising the age of criminal responsibility from 10 …
Uniting Vic.Tas has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to provide $67.5 million to address a looming funding shortfall for homelessness services.
Uniting Vic.Tas has heard the message from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders through the Uluru Statement From the Heart seeking Voice, …
Last week, in partnership with the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, we wrote to all members of the Tasmanian Parliament …
The Uniting Church of Australia, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania and Uniting Vic.Tas stand together in solidarity with refugees, people seeking asylum …
Research and advocacy
Putting evidence to work.

To strengthen community services across Victoria, Uniting has partnered with Swinburne University of Technology.

Professor Erin Wilson has stepped in as the Uniting Kildonan Chair in Community Services Innovation. Based in the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) at Swinburne, Professor Wilson is leading a research program in social innovation and community services.

Advocacy submissions, papers and reports

We engage directly with government, legislature and other stakeholders to confront injustice and raise issues of importance to Uniting consumers.

We work alongside our consumers and Uniting staff to produce policy positions and submissions to inquiries, royal commissions and government planning

Campaign and partners

We enter into partnerships with like-minded organisations, to increase public awareness of issues and influence public debate.

We also seek to influence governments to improve public policy and increase investment into underfunded public services. This includes partnership with the broader Uniting family of agencies. 

We work within sector alliances to amplify influence, reach and impact on key issues of interest to consumers. 

Raise the Age
Raise the Rate
Anti-Poverty Week 2022
Everybody’s Home
Healthy Homes for Renters
Community Sector Climate Change Declaration
Family Matters Campaign
Save Sorry Business