The Australian Union Conference is a strategic organisational unit of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church. It provides both administrative and departmental support to the nine local Conferences that administer the Church at a regional level.
It's territory takes in the whole of Australia, including Norfolk Island in the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean to the west.
As at 30 September 2011, the official membership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church across Australia was 56,310. The official membership is a record of those who have been baptised by immersion and thus does not include the many valued children of the church who are yet to make their own decision to be baptised.
There are close to 500 congregations across Australia, from the Kimberleys in the far north west to Tasmania in the south east.
The Australian Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church exists to facilitate effective leadership, provide administrative support, quality resources and services to enhance the ministry of our Conferences and institutions in proclaiming the everlasting gospel in the context of the three angels' messages of Revelation 14.
Empowerment: All levels seek to empower and equip those whom they serve, inclusive of all ages, gender etc.
Client Driven: Proactively listening to the customer/market place; driven by the needs, potential problems and opportunities of the Conferences; accountable to the constituent Conferences.
Supportive: Providing service in a supportive way including advocacy and personnel development of staff.
Mission: To be facilitators of strategic mission plans on a national level as well as support mission as it is planned in Conferences and churches.
Networking: Be facilitators in the sharing of ideas, resources and personnel for the benefit of the growth of the mission of the church.
Spirituality: The Australian Union Conference seeks God’s leading in all decision-making and activity that it conducts, and gives attention to the spiritual needs of staff and those to whom it ministers.