National School Chaplaincy Program


Introduced in 2007, the National School Chaplaincy Program was introduced and made a contribution to the wellbeing of school communities across Australia.

It is a voluntary program that assists school communities to support the spiritual, social, and emotional wellbeing of their students. This can include support and guidance about ethics, values, relationships and spirituality; the provision of pastoral care; and enhancing engagement with the broader community.

Program Services 

Our School Chaplain plays a vital role within our school and provides invaluable assistance to our Wellbeing Team. His role includes, but is not limited to:

  • encouraging safe and positive community environment,
  • supporting staff within their classrooms,
  • identifying key students who need additional support (one-on-one time),
  • facilitating an ongoing Emotional Literacy Program,
  • coordinating a weekly Breakfast Club Program,
  • providing pastoral care for students, staff, board members and parents,
  • supporting the spiritual needs of students (with parental consent), staff and parents regardless of their faith, non-faith or their beliefs. 

Complaints Management

Chaplains employed in the NSCSWP program must meet minimum training requirements of a Certificate IV in Youth Work or Pastoral Care (or equivalent) and abide by a Code of Conduct set out by the department. If you believe that a chaplain has breached any of the guidelines please contact the school and address the incident with the School Principal or Wellbeing Executives. 

Under NSCSWP Guidelines, there is an encouragement to resolve all complaints at the local school level. However if the complaint cannot be resolved at school level or the complainant does not wish to address their complaint to the School's Complaints Officer, they may be made directly to the Department by:

  • Completing the compliant reporting form available on request via:
  • Emailing to
  • Posting to: National School Chaplaincy Programme. ACT Education and Training Directorate, PO Box 158, Canberra ACT 2601
  • Telephoning the National Chaplaincy Program at the ACT Education Directorate on (02)  62057029