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National School Chaplaincy Program

How schools apply for funding in 2020 to 2022

The National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) will be continuing in South Australian government schools for the 2019 to 2022 calendar years. 

South Australian government schools

Applications for 2020 to 2022 open between Monday 24 June and Friday 26 July 2019.

Non-government South Australian schools

Non-government schools can contact their relevant association to find out more about the funding and application processes.

National School Chaplaincy Program

The NSCP is voluntary program that supports schools to promote the wellbeing of students. 

The Australian Government currently provides $7.59 million each year to South Australian government, independent and Catholic schools for the NSCP through the project agreement

In South Australia, NSCP funded workers are called pastoral care workers.

Pastoral care workers are prohibited from proselytising under the project agreement. (Proselytising is defined as trying 'to persuade someone to share your beliefs, especially religious or political beliefs' - Collins Dictionary).

Each state is required to form a Cross Sector Panel to ensure the terms of the project agreement are met. 

The terms of reference defines the purpose and structure of the panel

How the program works in government schools

Detailed information about how the program works in South Australian government schools can be found in the National School Chaplaincy Program for government schools guideline. School principals, service providers and pastoral care workers should familiarise themselves with this document.

See a list of current NSCP schools and the service providers they use.

Choosing a service provider

Funded schools can choose an existing service provider listed below to deliver pastoral care services in their school. They can also consider another organisation that meets the requirements of the program.

How to become a service provider

Organisations can education.nscp [at] sa.gov.au (contact )the department about how to become a NSCP service provider.

Complaints management 

The complaints management process for the NSCP in South Australian government schools is consistent with the department's complaints management process. A full description of this process for South Australian government schools is provided in the National School Chaplaincy Program for government schools guideline.


National School Chaplaincy Program

Phone: 8226 2002
Email: education.NSCP [at] sa.gov.au