National School Chaplaincy Programme

The Australian Government has committed $243.8 million over four years from 2014-15 to 2017-18 to assist over 3000 schools to engage the services of a school chaplain. Consistent with the Government’s election commitment the National School Chaplaincy Programme (NSCP) aims to support the emotional wellbeing of students through the provision of pastoral care services and strategies that support the emotional wellbeing of the broader school community.

On 17 November 2014 the Commonwealth reached an agreement with all state and territory governments whereby the new NSCP is funded by the Commonwealth and delivered by the states and territories. The programme will be delivered in the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 school years.

The NSCP Project Agreement states:

  • participation by schools and students is voluntary
  • chaplains may be from any faith
  • chaplains will not be permitted to proselytise
  • chaplains must respect, accept and be sensitive to other people’s views, values and beliefs and;
  • chaplains must meet minimum qualification requirements.

Previously the Australian Government funded the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program (NSCSWP). The NSCSWP had no allocation of funding after 31 December 2014. On 19 June 2014, the High Court of Australia found that payments made under the NSCSWP were beyond the constitutional authority of the Commonwealth. As a consequence of the High Court decision, the Government has designed the new NSCP so that funding is delivered via states and territories rather than directly to schools.

If you would like further information about participating in the NSCP please contact your State or Territory Education Authority.

Links to the National School Chaplaincy Programme: