The Uniting Church achieved legal status in 1977 through an Act of Parliament in Queensland. But the legal status of the Church itself is that of an unincorporated association.

When an unincorporated association buys or sells land or other property the contracts have to be signed by every member.

This is clearly impractical. So, in accordance with the legislation, The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (Q.) was created. This is the legal entity which holds property on behalf of the Church.

The Trust consists of the Moderator, General Secretary, Executive Director Strategic Resources and five people appointed by the Synod. It’s the responsibility of trust members to ensure the Church’s interests are protected when implementing contracts.