The National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP):
- supports the emotional wellbeing of students
- provides pastoral care services and strategies that support the emotional wellbeing of the school community.
Participation in the Commonwealth-funded program 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.
The Commonwealth have extended the program for another four years, 2019 to 2022. Schools who currently receive funding will be offered to extend their existing agreements for a period of one year, to expire on 31 December 2019. We will provide information at a later date on the process eligibility and documentation required in connection with funding from 2020 onwards.
Schools receiving funding are advised to read the frequently asked questions (docx - 692.92kb) that were updated in January 2018.
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.'