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 National School Chaplaincy Programme: Applications for 2016 - 2018

The National School Chaplaincy Programme is a Commonwealth-funded initiative to support students through the provision of pastoral care services and the promotion of strategies that support the emotional wellbeing of students and the broader community. The New South Wales Government administers the Programme on behalf of the Commonwealth with the AIS managing applications for NSW independent schools.

Applications for funding under the National School Chaplaincy Programme are now open with a closing date of 18 September.

In their application, schools will be asked to provide evidence of a demonstrated need for a chaplain and to show how a chaplain will complement existing pastoral/ student support services.​

For this application round, schools will be funded to participate for three calendar years (2016 to 2018).

A chaplain funded under this Programme is an individual who is recognised:

  1. by the school community and the appropriate governing authority for the school as having the skills and experience to deliver school chaplaincy to the school community; and
  2. through formal ordination, commissioning, recognised religious qualifications or endorsement by a recognised or accepted religious institution.

A title other than 'chaplain' may be used where the title is appropriate to the religious affiliation of the individual. Secular welfare workers are not funded under this Programme.

Endorsement of a chaplain by a recognised religious institution can be undertaken at a local level (e.g. a local church that is part of a larger entity), where appropriate.

Chaplains may be from any faith and must comply with all relevant legal and policy requirements when operating in NSW schools. The following conditions apply:

  • Chaplains may be from any faith
  • Chaplains must:
    • not proselytise;
    • respect, accept and be sensitive to other people's views, values and beliefs;
    • comply with the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 (NSW) and all related laws concerning child protection; and
    • meet minimum qualification requirements (either a Certificate IV in Youth Work or Pastoral Care, or an equivalent qualification. The qualification must include competencies (or equivalent) in 'mental health' and 'making appropriate referrals').

Endorsement of a chaplain by a recognised religious institution can be undertaken at a local level (e.g. a local church that is part of a larger entity), where appropriate.