Why Chaplaincy?

Chaplaincy- an extra layer of support.

Is your child one of the more than 160,000 students currently enjoying the support of an ACCESS ministries Chaplain?

A Chaplain is there to journey with your child; to help connect your child with their purpose and full potential.

Does your school community have a Chaplain (a religious worker who plays a unique role in the school wellbeing team)?

No? Give us a call today on 03 9811 0999 or email chaplaincy@accessministries.org.au



ACCESS ministries has been providing Chaplaincy services to schools since 1955.

ACCESS ministries Chaplains pastorally care for the members of school and wider communities, drawing on their own skills as well as the ancient wisdom of the Christian faith. They respond to issues and critical incidents as they arise, as well as facilitating proactive relationship building, small group delivery and programs to ensure improved wellbeing outcomes for young people and their communities. They support the spiritual wellbeing of students and staff and can respond to their spiritual and religious questions.

ACCESS ministries Chaplains represent a wide range of Christian churches, communities and backgrounds.

ACCESS ministries Chaplains help schools to build connections and relationships within a range of government and community organisations.

According to the Federal Government’s ‘National Safe School’s Framework’, “When a school works to facilitate positive school-based relationships, bullying is less likely to thrive, student wellbeing is enhanced and there is a greater likelihood of higher student engagement with school.”

Being present within a school community and building key relationships is core to School Chaplaincy and Wellbeing work.


For school communities, ACCESS ministries Chaplains offer:

  • Pastoral care support to the whole school community – including students, families and staff
  • Educational and small group programs to address specific needs
  • The building of connections with the wider community
  • Intervention and trauma support in crises and emergencies.

ACCESS ministries Chaplains take part in ongoing training and structured accountability to keep young people safe.

Chaplains deal with a wide range of issues, including:

  • Behaviour management;
  • Social relationship issues such as anger, peer relationships, loneliness and bullying
  • Family relationship issues
  • The development of the self – sense of meaning, purpose, self-esteem, and mental health
  • The involvement of students in the community
  • social inclusion and racism (including for Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse students and families)
  • motivation and school engagement


If you would like your school to have a chaplain, give us a call today on 03 9811 0999 or email chaplaincy@accessministries.org.au.

If you would to know more about becoming an ACCESS ministries Chaplain click here.