About Us

ACCESS ministries is an inter-denominational Christian organisation which delivers Special Religious Instruction (SRI) and Chaplaincy and Wellbeing services in Victorian schools, in partnership with Christian churches. It is also responsible for the provision of Christian Education resources across Australia.

Vision Statement

ACCESS ministries are leaders in Christian Education, Chaplaincy and Wellbeing in Education settings in Australia and overseas.

Mission

Transforming the lives of young people and their communities.

Core Values

  • Commitment to teach, live and commend the Christian faith through the ministry of Christian religious education and pastoral care.
  • We commit to conduct ourselves with integrity and accountability.
  •  Caring for the educational and personal wellbeing of all people.
  • We value others by treating all with respect, acceptance, compassion and love. 
  • Excellence in education, communications, administration and pastoral care.
  • We operate with a commitment to excellence, quality, learning, innovation and positive outcomes. 
  • Service In partnership with churches to school communities—students, teachers, principals, families and friends.
  • We foster positive relationships with staff, students, schools, our partners and the wider community.

Statement of Belief

ACCESS ministries is an ecumenical body committed to the basic doctrines of the Christian faith drawn from the Old and New Testament Scriptures. It is committed to the three ecumenical creeds (Apostles’ Creed, Nicene Creed, Athanasian Creed).

ACCESS ministries affirms;

  • Its faith in God, as One-in-Three-Persons, whose redemptive purpose for the world is revealed in the Person of Jesus Christ.
  • That the Lord Jesus Christ proclaimed in word and deed the presence of the Kingdom of God through mission to the world—a calling of people to repentance and a declaration of God’s love in practical ministry to others by enabling reconciliation, peace, wholeness and justice.
  • God’s concern for the whole person in context of his or her being in relation with others and the world, and that God is concerned that justice and mercy form the hallmarks of society.
  • The redemptive presence of God in the world, and ACCESS ministries personnel, along with other Christians, form part of God’s presence in the community.
  • That the Christian tradition recognises the educative and pastoral needs of people and that these needs are to be respectfully and educationally addressed.

Child Safe

ACCESS ministries is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision making relating to any activity, service, program, policy and procedure we provide or create. ACCESS ministries has a zero tolerance of child abuse.

ACCESS ministries is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds including Aboriginal children as well as the safety of children with a disability.

Every person involved in ACCESS ministries has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do including the decisions they make.

Complaints

We encourage any individual who may have a complaint or wishes to appeal a decision to contact ACCESS ministries. If you already know an ACCESS ministries staff member, we suggest that you contact them first regarding your complaint. If you have hesitations about discussing your concerns with that person, or you are dissatisfied with their response, please contact our Support Tea on 03 9811 0999 or enquiries@accessministries.org.au, who will seek to resolve the matter or refer you on to the appropriate person or team to seek a resolution.

For more information, please read a summary of our Complaints Summary.