National School Chaplaincy Program 2019

The National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) is a Commonwealth-funded initiative to support the emotional wellbeing of students and the broader school community through the provision of pastoral care services.

The Commonwealth has committed funding for the National School Chaplaincy Program for the 2019 to 2022 period, and NSW will continue to be a party to the extension of this Program.

Due to the delay in the finalisation of agreements between the Commonwealth and States and Territories, 2019 funding will be used to fund the same schools that received funding in 2018 for one year to expire on 31 December 2019. As such, schools participating in the National School Chaplaincy Program in 2018 have the option to continue to be funded for the 2019 school year.

The opportunity for all schools to apply for funding will be made available in 2019 for the 2020-2022 school years. Information will be provided in Term 2 2019 about the application process and documentation required in connection with funding from 2020 onwards.

Program Overview

The Program aims 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 school community. Pastoral care is defined in the Agreement with the Commonwealth 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.”

Participation in the Program is voluntary for both schools and students.

Where a school sources a chaplain through a provider, the school may select a provider that best meets its needs. NSW Public Schools are required to purchase a chaplaincy service using the Departments’ procurement processes.

Where a school sources a chaplain through a provider, the provider must be able to replace a chaplain if the chaplain is unable to remain with the school.

Chaplaincy providers must enter into the Agreement for the National School Chaplaincy Program with the Department of Education and agree to its terms and conditions.

Contact details

For further information contact:

Student Engagement and Interagency Partnerships
Email: chaplaincyprogram@det.nsw.edu.au

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