Current Letter Writing Actions

Aboriginal Youth Justice Reforms: ‘Our Youth, Our Way’

The inequality of the Victorian youth justice system is systemic for Aboriginal children and young people, with children aged 10 to 17 making up 15% of those under youth justice supervision despite making up 1.5% of Victorians aged 10 to 23 years. In 2021 The Victorian Government released ‘Our Youth, Our Way’, a community inform report with recommendations for the youth justice system to create culturally safe and responsive ways meeting the unique needs of Aboriginal children and young people. Advocate with us for the Victorian government to adopt the report’s recommendations.

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Curbing Fossil Fuel Projects

While society and most businesses are now moving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to stave off the worst impacts of climate change, the Commonwealth Government continues to want to intervene to prop up the ongoing use of fossil fuels. Much of the federal governments plants require support from the State Governments, this is where we can make our voices heard. Help us put pressure on State governments to prevent the Federal government propping up the live of coal-fired and gas power plants.

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Solidarity with West Papua Churches

The Uniting Church stands in solidarity with its Papua partner churches who continue to face political and non-political arbitrary arrests as the police restrict their freedom of peaceful assembly and other civil-political rights. Other human rights organisations continue to raise concerns about particular incidences of arrests and killings, as does the United Nations. Help us advocate to have Papua human rights violations investigated, and support Indigenous West Papuan leaders.

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Paid Family Violence Leave

The Fair Work Commission is currently reviewing the need for paid leave terms in modern awards for workers experiencing family and domestic violence. Currently, there is a lack of access for all employees to sufficient paid domestic and family violence leave. Write to advocate that women and men in the paid workforce need to access paid family and domestic violence leave, to be used at vulnerable times to find and move to safe accommodation, access legal assistance, and attend court hearings.

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Whistleblower Postcard Action

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e-mail JIM@victas.uca.org.au with a request for this postcard, your address and the number of postcards you would like.

Help us urge the Commonwealth Government to urgently progress the reforms it agreed to in December 2020 due to the review of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 by Philip Moss. Critical reforms are needed to make whistleblowers feel safer in coming forward to expose corruption and wrongdoing. The processes for a whistleblower to access protection and make their disclosure of wrongdoing public need to be simplified.

Share the Covid-19 Vaccine

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e-mail JIM@victas.uca.org.au with a request for this postcard, your address and the number of postcards you would like.

Help us to ask the Commonwealth Government to do much more to assist developing countries to gain access to vaccines. The May 2021 report by the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, established by the World Health Organisation, found that current global “vaccine distribution is blatantly unjust and not strategic.” They reported the pandemic had pushed between 115 and 125 million people into extreme poverty.

This Month's Resource Highlights

  • JIM Issues Survey

    Each year the Justice and International Mission Cluster is keen to get feedback from its supporters, that is you, about what issues you would like the Cluster to resource you to take action on.

  • 2022 Social Justice Calendar

    Click to download the JIM 2022 Social Justice Calendar

  • Modern Slavery Flyer or Congregations

    What is Modern Slavery? How do I find creditable products? Can I asset my risk own of contributing to Modern Slavery? A resource to help you become informed about Modern Slavery and what to do about it.

  • Climate Justice Resources (April 2021)

    The latest list of climate justice resource for April 2021, including: community grants, resources for advocacy and initiatives to manage your own (and community) impact.

  • Statement from the Heart Flyer for Congregations

    A new resource from the Uniting Church in Vic/Tas exploring the Statement from the Heart. As a group or on your own, learn about Voice.Treaty.Truth and what a pathway towards justice chosen by First Nations people could look be.

  • Public Good Flyer for Congregations

    What does public good mean to you? Become involved in a new project setting a new national agenda on the public good, while connecting across organisations who work collaboratively where people and planet come first.

The Uniting Church in Australia is committed to acting justly and compassionately in the world. We believe that our participation in God’s mission calls us toward the transformation that God desires for us all, marked by reconciliation, love, justice, peace, abundance and flourishing for all people and the whole earth. In Our Vision for a Just Australia, the Uniting Church in Australia has articulated its vision for a just, compassionate and inclusive nation in this updated 2021 statement and resource.

Previous Resources

  • 2021 JIM Calendar

    2021 Social Justice Calendar

    The JIM Cluster’s 2021 Social Justice Calendar, click to download.

  • Feedback on Justice and International Mission Cluster work areas

    Each year the Justice and International Mission cluster is keen to get feedback from its supporters, that is you, about what issues you would like us to resource you to take action on. Please download and complete this form by ticking the box that indicates your level of support for the issues listed and return it to us via email or mail by 31st January 2021

  • Children, climate action

    Climate Justice with and for children and youth in churches

    Climate change affects every aspect of child rights. Only joint efforts at every level will enable us to bend the CO2 emissions curve and protect our planet for future generations. This toolkit provides resources for churches, church-run schools, and summer camps to support intergenerational climate and environmental justice and promote care for children by stopping further global warming. All churches are encouraged to promote education and action to address climate change, reduce CO2 emissions, and protect the environment in their activities for and with children and youth.

  • Taskforce

    Synod Taskforce on Climate Change Action

    The JIM Cluster is seeking expressions of interest from people who would like to be part of a Taskforce on Climate Change Action. The purpose of the Taskforce is to identify, encourage and support implementation of measures across the Synod, including congregations, to reduce the Synod’s greenhouse gas emissions.

    To lodge an expression of interest, please e-mail, phone or text Mark Zirnsak, Senior Social Justice Advocate on 0409 166 915 or mark.zirnsak@victas.uca.org.au Please lodge your expression of interest by Friday 30 October.

  • WCC prayers for peace in Israeli - Palestinian conflict

    The World Council of Churches is following developments in Israel and Palestine with mounting alarm and profound grief at the rising toll of people killed and injured in the escalating violence. A liturgy with Prayers for Peace and Justice in the Israel-Palestine conflict has been developed.

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