National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP)

The National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) supports the wellbeing of students and school communities through pastoral care services and student support strategies.

The NSCP

The National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) supports student and school community wellbeing in over 3000 school communities.

The NSCP is delivered and managed by state and territory governments through a Project Agreement agreed to by all state and territory Education Ministers.

NSCP chaplains work in collaboration with school communities to support the wellbeing of school students through:

  • The provision of pastoral care
  • Running programs such as breakfast clubs and workshops
  • Coordinating volunteer activities within the school community

In their role working with school communities, NSCP chaplains:

  • do not provide religious instruction or religious counselling
  • may be of any faith
  • must not proselytise
  • must respect, accept and be sensitive to other views, values and beliefs.
  • must comply with state and territory laws and policies in relation to child protection matters
  • must have relevant and valid state and territory working with children or vulnerable person checks
  • meet the minimum qualification requirements
  • must undertake the cyberbullying professional learning package.

An independent evaluation of the NSCP found the NSCP to be effective in supporting student wellbeing.

Funding

The National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) is funded $61.4 million each year. This funding is provided to states and territories who are responsible for administering the NSCP.

Schools that volunteer to participate in the NSCP are selected by each state and territory’s cross-sector panel which has representatives from the government, Catholic and independent school sectors.

These participating schools can receive up to:

  • $20,280 in metropolitan areas
  • $24,336 in remote or very remote areas

In 2020, almost $2 million in additional NSCP funding was provided to support school communities which were affected by the recent bushfires.

Schools interested in participating in the NSCP should contact their state or territory education department.

Cyberbullying Professional Learning Package

All NSCP chaplains must complete the Cyberbullying Professional Learning Package in responding to and preventing cyberbullying.

This learning package was developed and is delivered by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

NSCP chaplains can register for this learning package.

The Professional Learning Package should be completed only once between 2019 and 2022.

Frequently asked questions about the Cyberbullying Professional Learning Package are available below.

Online eSafety Training available for all school communities

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner offers a separate training package on online safety to other school community members (including chaplains not funded under the NSCP) and service provider employees.

You can access this free online eSafety professional learning program, which provides participants with an understanding of the relevant issues and strategies available to support the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT.

Please note: the free online eSafety professional learning program does not replace the required Professional Learning Package that NSCP funded chaplains must complete.

More information

Go to your state or territory’s education website to see how the NSCP is being delivered.