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The Communications and Media Services Unit serves the church by helping it to proclaim the Gospel of Christ, telling the story of the people who seek to live out that gospel — in our case the Uniting Church. This means helping members of the Uniting Church engage in and discuss issues that are important — spirituality, finding faith, putting faith into action through social issues, making links with other people of faith, engaging with the political process to bring about change for justice and peace.

We also serve the church by the timely and accurate sharing of information among the church community as well as by attempting to stimulate people to take a look at what the Uniting Church is doing and what it stands for.​​

The monthly Synod e-news, which is sent to ministers in placement and to congregation secretaries, promotes material that is likely to be of interest to congregations, including a regular update from the General Secretary, reporting decisions of the Standing Committee.

Media Issues

If you are unexpectedly approached by the media regarding an agency or congregation-specific matter, please call CoMS for support and advice. Call David Southwell on 03 9251 5968 or email:   

​Livery Guidelines

Visual Identity Guidelines (“livery”) have been released for the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania.

They set out the elements that together form the Uniting Church in Australia Synod of Victoria and Tasmania visual identity — the public expression of our Uniting Church in Australia brand.

The guidelines can be found here​.

If you wish to use the Uniting Church logo, please read the official guidelines for use of the logo in the attached document above. Should you have any queries, please contact the Design, Video & Print Officer, Carl Ra​​iner on 9251 5273 or

 Media Releases

Congregation media release template

Do you have a story to share in your local region but you’re not sure how to write it?  The synod Communications team is on hand to help.  We have created a media release template to assist you in creating great tales for your local media.  All you have to do is fill in the relevant questions, send the details to and we will write your media release and send it back to you for use.  More information can be found here (Word version / PDF version​).