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  • Professional Standards

    In 2004 the Executive Council of the BUV established a Professional Standards Group to examine processes related to the education of its pastors and congregations and to review the Complaints Procedures.

    The BUV’s Professional Standards Consultant is Brenda Williams, who can be contacted on 0425 752 238 or

    Code of Ethics for Pastoral Leaders

    The Code of Ethics for Pastoral Leaders aims to provide Pastoral Leaders (and their churches) with clear guidelines and common benchmarks for ethical conduct and legal responsibility. It is not intended to replace other official documents prepared by the BUV, but should be read in conjunction with them. They include:

    • Doctrinal Statement of the BUV
    • Our Church is a Safe Place – BUV Duty of Care Policy
    • Complaint Procedure for Allegations of Misconduct by Pastoral Leaders
    • BUV Accreditation guidelines
    • Privacy Policy of the BUV

    Code of Ethics Companion Guide 2016

    Complaints Processes

    The BUV has a Complaints Procedure to handle any issues raised by members of one of our churches or of the public about the conduct of leaders and/or pastors.

    The procedure document may be downloaded below.

    A Professional Standards Group oversee complaints processes within the Union. This group includes the Professional Standards Worker, external professionals, senior officers of the Union and a representative of pastors.

    2011: Complaint Procedure for Allegations of Misconduct by Pastoral Leaders (222.22 kB)

    Professional Standards Workshops

    Professional Standards Workshop dates for 2016 here (Link to Events Page).


    An Australian Baptist Response to Persons of Concern Individual Accountability & Safety Agreements - 15 10 2015 (314.51 kB)

    2007: Avoiding Plagiarism in Music (62.91 kB)

    Reporting Concerns about Children or Young People (72.69 kB)

    An Unpacking of Professional Standards Workshops

    Duties and Responsibilities of Church Leadership Groups (93.2 kB)

    Meet the Professional Standards Group:

    Rev David Devine
    B.A. (Accty); B.Th.; Dip. Pastoral Studies.
    BUV Head of Church Health and Capacity Building & Chairman of PSG.
    David served as a Pastor within South Australian and Victorian Baptist churches for 25 years. He has been part of the BUV Office staff since 2012. He was one of the co-authors of the BUV’s Code of Ethics for Pastoral Leaders.

    Brenda Williams
    B.A. (psych) B.S.W.
    Professional Standards Consultant
    Brenda has experience in Child Protection and Foster Care. Brenda has been in the Professional Standards Worker role since its inception in 2004.

    Rev Neville Taylor
    BTh.;Dip Ed.;Dip Bereavement Counselling
    Senior Pastor - Albert Park Baptist Church
    Neville has served as a Baptist pastor for 29 Years. For 12 years he worked in the outer suburbs as a church planter establishing the Croydon Hills Baptist Church and for the past 14 years has lead the inner-city Albert Park Baptist Church. Neville founded the ‘Living Streams’ retreat centre and specialises in bereavement counselling.

    Ms Trudy Skilbeck
    BSc.; LLB.
    Company Secretary, CBM Australia (a Christian international aid and development organisation).
    Voluntary roles include Deputy Chair, Strathcona Baptist Girls' Grammar School. Trudy is a governance professional with extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector, including over 15 years working with the BUV in various roles until 2011.

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