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Welcome to the Culture of Safety Unit


The Culture of Safety Unit is charged with developing 'the culture and processes to ensure that the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania is a safe place for all.'

Our work includes Code of Ethics, Keeping Children Safe, Reportable Conduct, encouragement of ministry supervision and more.  The unit has four staff:


Sue Clarkson, Ethical Standards Manager

Sue is a minister of the word who has a wide range of church experience. She works 0.6 (FTE).  She is usually in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays and is available by email and mobile phone at other times.

e: or  wk: (03) 9251 5912 or mob: 0437 072 231

Sue is responsible for 

  • Code of Ethics training and advice about breaches of the Code of Ethics 
  • Ministry supervision directory, standards and encouragement
  • Contact person for breaches of a sexual nature 
  • Convenor of Advisers for the Synod Sexual Misconduct Complaints Committee 
  • Assisting the church to adopt outcomes from the Royal Commission on Child Sexual Abuse
  • Support of Reportable Conduct issues

Harriet Ziegler, Ethical Standards – Training

Harriet has worked in chaplaincy, media and management and works one to two days a week with Sue on issues related to ministry supervision and Code of Ethics.

e; or (03) 9251 5259 (Tues)

Josh Tuhipa-Turner, Safe Church Coordinator

Josh is a social worker who has worked in child protection, restorative justice with young offenders and training. He works 0.6 (FTE) on Tuesday – Thursday.

e:   or (03) 9251 5288

Josh is responsible for

  • Safe Church Training for implementation of safe church policies 
  • Advice about the protection of children and vulnerable adults 
  • Implementation and support of the Synod's Person of Concern policy
  • Advice about implementing safe church policies including Keeping Children Safe and Working with Children Checks.

Pam Kretzschmar, Safe Church Administration Assistant

Pam's skills in administration, auditing and database management assist the Culture of Safety Unit in all facets of our work.

e:   or (03) 9251 5245 (Monday – Thursday)

Pam is responsible for

  • Supporting the Synod's Working with Children Check database and assisting congregations with this.
  • Collecting and compiling data to assist with audit and compliance requirements.
  • Providing general administration support.


Culture of Safety Steering Group

The Culture of Safety Steering Group encourages the development of the unit and furthers the culture of safety in members' own workplaces.  It includes colleagues from the Bethel Pastoral Centre , congregational ministry, equipping Leadership for Mission (eLM), People and Culture (HR), Occupational Health and Safety, and the Synod Sexual Misconduct Complaints Committee.


Contact Us 

The Culture of Safety Unit is located at Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, 130 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000.  Contact any of us using the details above or one of the following addresses.

Working With Children/Vulnerable People Checks -

General issues –

Training Dates

Code of Ethics Training Schedule 2019