The Baptist Union of Victoria aims to empower its members with training, resources and advice that will help them to make their church a safe place for all people.

We do this in several ways:

  • Keeping churches informed of regulatory changes and providing explanatory resources where needed
  • Providing advice about how to put safe church policies and procedures into practice in the real world
  • Offering training for a variety of local church roles and levels of responsibility
  • Providing a platform for church essential safety measure and duty of care compliance 

Through the provision of this support, we endeavour to make all Baptist churches a safe place for all people.

CREATING SAFE SPACES – Safe Church Training 

We are excited to announce our new Safe Church training partnership with the Baptist Association of NSW & ACT. From 3rd May 2021, registrations will open to book into the workshops as well as commence the online module in one’s own time. Creating Safe Spaces will replace the previous six-hour in-person Safe Church Awareness and Refresher Workshops (SCAW).

Creating Safe Spaces (CSS) will significantly improve the accessibility of our Safe Church training. CSS training consists of two parts.  Participants complete an online module at a time that suits them, taking approximately 2 hours. This must be completed prior to attending the workshop. Then,  participants attend a three-hour workshop, which involves small group discussions of topic covered in the online module and workshop. This may be via Zoom or in person. There will be a number of workshop times offered, covering a ranges of days and times, to improve accessibility. 

If you experience technical difficulties or need assistance booking workshops, please contact the Comms team (

For other questions such as about the workshop content or other Safe Church matters, please contact the Safe Church Consultant (

All leaders involved with Safe Church matters are welcome to join the “BUV Safe Church” Facebook group



BE SAFE –  New Essential Safety Measures (ESM) and Duty of Care Compliance Management System

After several months of developing a tailored ESM and Duty of Care compliance platform with Bastion Systems, we are excited to announce the launch of Be Safe

Be Safe is BUV’s new system to help churches manage ESM and Duty of Care requirements.  We highly appreciate the active participation of 12 volunteer churches (small and big) as a Pilot Group, as well as the support of Baptist Insurance Services to complete the project.   Trial use of the system and “live” sessions provided opportunities to give feedback and comments.  The project team discussed each piece of feedback which helped us understand how to improve navigation and sharpen language and terminology. 

To help with the roll out of Be Safe, we will be holding one hour long training and on-boarding sessions to equip churches in managing their ESM and Duty of Care requirements. The training sessions will be virtual via Zoom, and will also be ‘hands on’, so please bring your certificate of occupancy or maintenance determination of your property to the training.  Multiple sessions will be available each day and churches can select their preferred date and time for a session. Each session is limited to ten people so that we can provide as much individual support as possible, so sign up early.

Register here

  • Thursday October 21st
  • Thursday October 28th
  • Friday October 29th

If you have any questions in relation to the introduction of Be Safe, please email or

To watch an overview of Be Safe please click here


Creating Safe Spaces Training
Be Safe Training
Safe Church Resources