Relief and Development


The Relief and Development Unit exists to express the Uniting Church’s deep commitment to:

  • alleviating  and addressing systems that perpetrate poverty
  • community development
  • and providing emergency relief

The Relief and Development Unit of UnitingWorld supports our overseas partners as they enable marginalised communities to live healthy and well-resourced lives.

Our mission is simple: we want to see a world where peace and justice reign and in which church communities and people step up to partner in God’s mission. To make this a reality, we focus on building the capacity of our overseas partners and their communities, assisting them in overcoming poverty and injustice, realising their fundamental human rights and developing long term, sustainable livelihoods. 

Click here to make a general donation to Relief and Development projects.Connecting Australian church communities with this mission is also a big part of what we do. By educating and empowering the Australian Church – from individuals to congregations to youth groups to schools – to be effective global partners who understand God’s mission in the world and their role in it, real connections are developed on a global level.

Donations of $2 and over are tax deductible.

Our Mission
Connecting people and church communities in Australia, the Pacific, Asia and Africa to partner in God’s mission enabling relief and development.

Our Vision
A growing movement of people and church communities, inspired, energised and transformed through global engagement with trusted partners, alleviating poverty and making peace.

Membership and accreditation

The Relief and Development Unit is a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and a signatory to its Code of Conduct. The Unit is also a member of ACT Alliance, a global coalition of relief and development agencies related to the World Council of Churches and Lutheran World Federation. The Unit was re-accredited with the Australian Government in 2011. The re-accreditation process occurs every five years and involves in-depth analysis of an organisation’s structures, policies and processes in relation to governance, finances and programs. The Unit receives Australian Government funding.



Click here to read more about the Relief and Development Unit’s membership and accreditation