Position Description

We are looking for people who are qualified and dedicated to the welfare of young people, their families, teaching staff and the wider community. We support and place Chaplains from a wide variety of backgrounds and ages. For more information about the role of a Chaplain, read the Position Description.

Code of Conduct

Please read our Code of Conduct Policy and Statement of Faith before commencing the application process.

Child Safety Check

ACCESS ministries is committed to child safety and maintaining child safe and child friendly environments. We require Chaplains to have: a valid Working with Children Check and a National Police Records Check issued within the last 12 months. If you do not have a current Police Check, please note that – if your application is successful – you will need to obtain one before you commence in your role.


All ACCESS ministries Chaplains must be qualified. In order to be selected for a position with ACCESS ministries you must meet the following minimum qualifications under the NSCP guidelines; namely a Certificate IV in Youth Work, Pastoral Care or other equivalent qualifications.

All applicants MUST have competency in CHCCCS016 Respond to client needs and CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues or equivalent units. If you wish to complete these units through our ACCESS ministries Training Institute, please contact our Training Manager, Luke Whiteside, via email at or on 9811 0936.


Under the National School Chaplaincy Program, “a chaplain engaged via the NSCP must be recognised through formal ordination, commissioning, recognised religious qualifications or endorsement by a recognised or accepted religious institution as per the Commonwealth Government’s requirements. A chaplain who does not meet this criterion would not be able to be engaged as a chaplain under the NSCP.”(Department of Education and Training, National School Chaplaincy Program 2015-18 Frequently Asked Questions, 2015)

To satisfy this criteria, applicants must provide at least one reference from a Minister, Priest, Pastor or Leader from the Christian Community they are currently involved with. They must also provide at least one professional reference from a current or previous employer.

Selection Criteria

Successful applicants will have demonstrated relevant experience/knowledge in the below criteria, and must respond to it in the application:

♦ Working effectively with children or young people
♦ Providing pastoral care
♦ Working within a team
♦ Communicating with a range of people in a range of settings
♦ Effective involvement and understanding of School and Education

The Application Process

1. View current vacancies on the Positions Available page.

2. Email for an application form.

3. Have the relevant information and documents on hand to complete the application – including certified copies of your qualifications. For information about how to certify documents, click How to Certify a Document.

4. After a training assessment and reference checks, short-listed applicants will be invited to attend a first round interview.

5. Successful applicants will be invited to attend a second round interview with the school of the vacant position.

6. The successful candidate will be orientated and formally appointed as a Chaplain.