Chaplaincy and student welfare worker services are optional for schools and provide students and staff with social, emotional and spiritual support, provide an additional adult role model in the school and enhance engagement with the broader community including parents.
Local community support is required for chaplaincy and student welfare worker services to operate in a school. Student involvement in any activities offered as part of a school's chaplaincy or student welfare worker service is voluntary.
Chaplaincy and student welfare worker services are inclusive of and show respect for all religious and non-religious beliefs and other stances represented in the school community. All activities and events provided are non-discriminatory and equally available to students of all beliefs.
Chaplains and student welfare workers are not permitted to engage in evangelising or proselytising, nor attempt to undermine a student's religious or other beliefs.
Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Services policy statement (DOC, 415KB) and
supporting documents provide assistance for schools implementing a chaplaincy or student welfare worker service (paid or voluntary).
school communities (XLS, 86KB) across the state have established a chaplaincy or student welfare worker service with the assistance of state and/or Australian government funding and/or through local community fundraising. Some schools may have a volunteer chaplain or student welfare worker.
Government funded programs include:
- The State Government Chaplaincy/Student Welfare Funding Program (SGCSWFP)
The SGCSWFP provides funding (recurrent) to eligible schools to engage the services of a chaplain or student welfare worker. There are 147 state schools in low socio-economic areas with enrolments over 100 students that are allocated funding through the SGCSWFP.
The Queensland Government committed additional non recurrent funds in 2015-2018 to ensure that schools could maintain an existing chaplaincy or student welfare worker service funded through the former National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program (NSCP). The state government has continued this commitment for the 2019-2022 school years. Schools provided with this funding in 2018 will continue to receive this funding in 2019 only, plus indexation.
National School Chaplaincy Program
The NSCP is a four-year (2019-2022) Australian Government funded program that provides funding to schools to engage a chaplain only. Schools that received NSCP funding in 2018 under the NSCP continue to receive funding in 2019, plus indexation.
As part of the 2019-22 Project Agreement for the NSCP, NSCP funded chaplains are to complete a three hour online professional learning package (PLP) aimed at responding to and preventing cyberbullying. The PLP, developed and delivered by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, is available to NSCP school chaplains, for a period of 18 months from July 2019.
Information on the PLP, including Frequently Asked Questions, is available on the
Australian Government Department of Education webpage.
NSCP funded chaplains can
register for the training now.
During 2019, all Queensland schools will be invited to apply for NSCP and non-recurrent state government funding for the 2020-2022 school years.
All government funding for chaplaincy and student welfare worker services in 2019 is fully allocated.
Schools must use government funds for the purpose and specific type of service (chaplain or student welfare worker) for which they have been allocated. Schools should contact State Schools - Operations at
StateSchool.Feedback@qed.qld.gov.au for confirmation of service type if required.
Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Services policy statement (DOC, 415KB)
Chaplaincy and student welfare worker services: guidelines for schools (DOC, 546KB)
Chaplaincy and student welfare worker services: flowchart for establishing a service (DOC, 342KB)
Chaplaincy and student welfare worker services: definitions (DOC, 496KB)
Chaplaincy and student welfare worker services: funding guidelines (DOC, 433KB)
Chaplaincy and student welfare worker services: role of the chaplain/student welfare worker (DOC, 404KB)
Chaplaincy and student welfare worker services: training and qualifications (DOC, 442KB)
Chaplaincy and student welfare worker services: Accredited Employing Authorities (AEAS) (DOC, 41KB)
Chaplaincy and student welfare worker services: list of Accredited Employing Authorities (AEAs) (DOC, 193KB)
National School Chaplaincy Programme FAQs 2016-2018 (DOC, 548KB)
Chaplaincy and student welfare worker services funding arrangements 2019–2022 (DOCX, 199KB)
Contact for further information
For further information about chaplaincy/student welfare services contact your
Regional Office State Schools - Operations through the State Schools Division email at