The National School Chaplaincy Programme (NSCP) supports the emotional wellbeing of students by providing pastoral care services and strategies that support the emotional wellbeing of the broader school community.
Participation in the Commonwealth-funded programme is voluntary, and 613 schools currently receive funding of $20,000 per year to employ a chaplain to provide a minimum of 400 hours of chaplaincy services per year.
Schools receiving funding are strongly advised to read the Frequently Asked Questions that were updated in January 2018.
To access these, see:
Frequently Asked Questions (docx - 60.02kb)
For information about funding chaplains from school funds or a community partnership, see:
School Policy and Advisory Guide Chaplaincy
A chaplain funded via the NSCP is defined as an individual who:
is recognised 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
- is recognised through formal ordination, commissioning, recognised religious qualifications or endorsement by a recognised or accepted religious institution; and
- meets the NSCP's minimum qualification requirements.
- NSCP chaplains may be of any faith.
The NSCP defines pastoral care as 'the practice of looking after the personal needs of students, not just their academic needs, through the provision of general spiritual and personal advice.'
Chaplains in government schools are guided by the Department's Principles for Health and Wellbeing that underpin effective professional practice to promote and support optimal health, wellbeing and educational outcomes for students.
For more information, see:
Principles for Health and Wellbeing.