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National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) function and requirements

The National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) is a voluntary program in schools. If your school is part of the NSCP find out more about how the program works and what the requirements are for your school and the service provider.

This program is funded in South Australian schools through to 2022.

Aims of the program

The NSCP aims to:

  • support schools to promote the wellbeing of students
  • provide supports that focus on the social and emotional wellbeing of students
  • complement existing student wellbeing programs and services by schools.

Role of a pastoral care worker

The NSCP role of a pastoral care worker can include:

  • whole school services:
    • working with school leaders and wellbeing staff to create a school environment that promotes the wellbeing of all students
    • supporting school camps, excursions and events
    • supporting community activities that connect the school to external partners and organisations
    • supporting school programs such as breakfast clubs, sporting group, social and other extra-curricular activities
  • group services:
    • supporting the delivery of structured social emotional learning programs
    • running recess and lunchtime activities
    • providing classroom support
    • supporting learning groups – reading groups, homework groups
  • one-to-one services:
    • working with school leaders and wellbeing staff to provide advice, guidance and support for students experiencing difficult situations, including grief, crisis and personal or emotional challenges
    • working with school leaders and wellbeing staff to provide information and referrals to additional supports, including community services
    • providing individual learning support as agreed with school leaders and wellbeing staff
    • mentoring and coaching.

Pastoral care workers do not provide counselling services to students. They can be of any faith and are prohibited from proselytising under the project agreement (PDF 498KB). (Proselytising is defined as trying 'to persuade someone to share your beliefs, especially religious or political beliefs' – Collins Dictionary ).

How the program works in government schools

The national school chaplaincy program procedure for schools (PDF 265KB) covers how the program works in South Australian government schools. School principals, service providers and pastoral care workers should familiarise themselves with the procedure.


2020 to 2022 NSCP schools and their service providers


School name Service provider

Aberfoyle Hub R-7 School

Schools Ministry Group

Aberfoyle Park High School

Schools Ministry Group

Adelaide High School

Schools Ministry Group

Adelaide Secondary School of English

Your Dream School Programs

Airdale Primary School

Uniting Country SA

Aldinga Payinthi College

Schools Ministry Group

Allenby Gardens Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Allendale East Area School

Schools Ministry Group

Andamooka Primary School

Uniting Country SA

Angaston Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Angle Vale Primary School

Your Dream School Programs

Ardrossan Area School

Schools Ministry Group

Ardtornish Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Ascot Park Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Athelstone School

Schools Ministry Group

Auburn Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Avenues College

Schools Ministry Group

Balaklava High School

Schools Ministry Group

Balaklava Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Banksia Park International High School

Schools Ministry Group

Banksia Park School R-7

Schools Ministry Group

Barmera Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Belair Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Berri Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Birdwood High School

Your Dream School Programs

Birdwood Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Black Forest Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Blackwood High School

Schools Ministry Group

Blackwood Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Blair Athol North Birth-7 School

Schools Ministry Group

Blanchetown Primary

Schools Ministry Group

Blyth Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Booborowie Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Booleroo Centre District School

Schools Ministry Group

Bordertown High School

Schools Ministry Group

Bordertown Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Braeview School R-7

Schools Ministry Group

Brighton Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Brinkworth Primary and Early Childhood Centre

Schools Ministry Group

Burnside Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Burra Community School

Schools Ministry Group

Callington Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Cambrai Primary School and Pre School

Schools Ministry Group

Carlton K-9 School

Schools Ministry Group

Ceduna Area School

Schools Ministry Group

Central Yorke School

Schools Ministry Group

Challa Gardens Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Christies Beach Primary

Schools Ministry Group

Clapham Primary School

Your Dream School Programs

Clare High School

Schools Ministry Group

Clare Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Clarendon Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Cleve Area School

Schools Ministry Group

Clovelly Park Primary School and IELP

Schools Ministry Group

Cobdogla Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Colonel Light Gardens Primary School

Centacare Adelaide

Compton Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Coomandook Area School

Schools Ministry Group

Coonalpyn Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Coorara Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Coromandel Valley Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Cowell Area School

Schools Ministry Group

Craigburn Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Craigmore High School

Schools Ministry Group

Craigmore South Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Crystal Brook Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Cummins Area School

Schools Ministry Group

Curramulka Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Darlington Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Dernancourt School R-7

Schools Ministry Group

East Adelaide School

Schools Ministry Group

East Marden Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

East Para Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

East Torrens Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Eastern Fleurieu R-12 School

Schools Ministry Group

Echunga Primary School & Preschool

Schools Ministry Group

Eden Hills Primary School

Centacare Adelaide

Edwardstown Primary

Schools Ministry Group

Elizabeth Downs Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Elizabeth Grove Primary

Centacare Adelaide

Elizabeth North Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Elizabeth Park Primary School and Preschool

Schools Ministry Group

Elizabeth South Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Elizabeth Vale Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Eudunda Area School

Schools Ministry Group

Evanston Gardens Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Fairview Park Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Findon High School

Schools Ministry Group

Flagstaff Hill R-7 School

Schools Ministry Group

Flinders Park Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Flinders View Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Forbes Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Frances Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Fraser Park Preschool - 7 school

Schools Ministry Group

Fulham Gardens Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Fulham North primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Gawler and District College B-12

Schools Ministry Group

Gawler East Primary School

Your Dream School Programs

Gawler Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Geranium Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Gladstone Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Glenelg Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Glenunga International High School

Schools Ministry Group

Glossop High School

Schools Ministry Group

Glossop Primary Community School

Schools Ministry Group

Golden Grove High School

Schools Ministry Group

Golden Grove Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Goodwood Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Goolwa Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Goolwa Secondary College

Schools Ministry Group

Grant High School

Schools Ministry Group

Greenock Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Greenwith Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Gulfview Heights Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Gumeracha Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Hackham East Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Hackham West R-7 School

 

Hahndorf Primary and Preschool

Schools Ministry Group

Hallett Cove East Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Hallett Cove South Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Hamilton Secondary College

Schools Ministry Group

Hamley Bridge Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Happy Valley Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Hawker Area School

Schools Ministry Group

Hawthorndene Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Heathfield High School

Schools Ministry Group

Heathfield Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Hendon Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Hewett Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Highbury Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Hospital School SA

Schools Ministry Group

Ingle Farm East primary school

Schools Ministry Group

Ingle Farm Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Jamestown Community School

Schools Ministry Group

Jervois Primary

Schools Ministry Group

John Pirie Secondary School

Uniting Country SA

Kadina Memorial School

Schools Ministry Group

Kalangadoo Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Kangarilla Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Kangaroo Island Community Education

Schools Ministry Group

Kapunda High School

Schools Ministry Group

Kapunda Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Karcultaby Area School

Schools Ministry Group

Karoonda Area School

Schools Ministry Group

Keith Area School

Schools Ministry Group

Kersbrook Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Kidman Park Primary School & Kidman Park Disability Unit

Schools Ministry Group

Kilkenny Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Kimba Area School

Schools Ministry Group

Kingston Community School

Schools Ministry Group

Kingston-on-Murray Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Lake Wangary School

Schools Ministry Group

Lake Windemere B-7

Schools Ministry Group

Lameroo Regional Community School

Schools Ministry Group

Laura Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Le Fevre High School

Schools Ministry Group

Light Pass Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Linden Park Primary School

Centacare Adelaide

Littlehampton Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Lock Area School

Schools Ministry Group

Lockleys North Primary School

Your Dream School Programs

Lockleys Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Lonsdale Heights Primary School

Your Dream School Programs

Loxton High School

Schools Ministry Group

Loxton North School

Schools Ministry Group

Loxton Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Lucindale Area School

Schools Ministry Group

Lyndoch Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Macclesfield Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Madison Park School

Schools Ministry Group

Magill Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Mallala Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Mannum Community College

Schools Ministry Group

Manoora Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Marden Senior College

Schools Ministry Group

Marion Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Mark Oliphant College

Schools Ministry Group

Marryatville High School

Schools Ministry Group

McDonald Park School

Centacare Adelaide

McLaren Flat Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

McLaren Vale Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Meadows Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Melaleuca Park Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Memorial Oval Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Meningie Area School

Schools Ministry Group

Mid North Education Centre

Uniting Country SA

Mil Lel Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Millicent High School

Schools Ministry Group

Millicent North Primary School

Centacare Adelaide

Minlaton District School

Schools Ministry Group

Mitcham Girls High School

Schools Ministry Group

Mitcham Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Modbury West School

Schools Ministry Group

Monash Primary and Preschool

Schools Ministry Group

Moonta Area School

Uniting Country SA

Moorook Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Morgan Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Morphett Vale East School R-7

Schools Ministry Group

Morphett Vale Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Mount Barker High School

Schools Ministry Group

Mount Barker Primary School

Centacare Adelaide

Mount Compass Area School

Schools Ministry Group

Mount Gambier High School

Schools Ministry Group

Mount Gambier North Primary school

Centacare Adelaide

Mount Pleasant Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Mulga Street Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Mundulla Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Murray Bridge High School

Schools Ministry Group

Murray Bridge North Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Murray Bridge South Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Myponga Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Nairne Preschool -Year 7

Schools Ministry Group

Nangwarry Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Naracoorte High School

Schools Ministry Group

Naracoorte Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Naracoorte South Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Newbery Park Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Nicolson Avenue Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Noarlunga Downs Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

North haven School

Schools Ministry Group

North Ingle School

Schools Ministry Group

Northfield Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Norwood Morialta High School

Schools Ministry Group

Nuriootpa High School

Schools Ministry Group

Nuriootpa Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Oakbank Area School

Schools Ministry Group

Ocean View College

Schools Ministry Group

Old Noarlunga Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Orroroo Area School

Schools Ministry Group

O'Sullivan Beach Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Owen Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Padthaway Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Palmer Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Para Hills High School

Schools Ministry Group

Para Hills School P-7

Schools Ministry Group

Para Hills West Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Paradise Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Parafield Gardens High School

Schools Ministry Group

Paralowie R-12 School

Schools Ministry Group

Paringa Park Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Pennington School R-7

Schools Ministry Group

Penola Primary School

Centacare Adelaide

Peterborough High School

Uniting Country SA

Pimpala Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Pinnaroo Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Playford International College

Schools Ministry Group

Playford Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Plympton International College

Schools Ministry Group

Plympton Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Poonindie Community Learning Centre

Schools Ministry Group

Port Augusta Secondary School

Schools Ministry Group

Port Augusta West Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Port Broughton Area School

Schools Ministry Group

Port Elliot Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Port Lincoln High School

Schools Ministry Group

Port Lincoln Junior Primary

Uniting Country SA

Port Lincoln Primary School

Uniting Country SA

Port Lincoln Special School

Schools Ministry Group

Port Neill Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Port Noarlunga Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Port Wakefield Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Quorn Area School

Uniting Country SA

Ramco Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Rapid Bay Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Raukkan Aboriginal School

Schools Ministry Group

Redwood Park Primary

Schools Ministry Group

Reidy Park Primary School

Centacare Adelaide

Renmark High School

Schools Ministry Group

Renmark North Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Renmark Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Reynella Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Reynella South School

Schools Ministry Group

Richmond Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Ridgehaven Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Risdon Park Primary School

Uniting Country SA

Riverbanks College

Schools Ministry Group

Riverdale Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Riverland Special School

Schools Ministry Group

Riverton and District High School

Schools Ministry Group

Riverton Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Robertstown Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Roma Mitchell Secondary College

Schools Ministry Group

Roseworthy Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Roxby Downs Area School

Uniting Country SA

Saddleworth Primary School

Uniting Country SA

Salisbury East High School

Schools Ministry Group

Salisbury High School

Schools Ministry Group

Salisbury North R-7 School

Schools Ministry Group

Sandy Creek Primary School

Centacare Adelaide

Seacliff Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

South Port Primary School (name change from Seaford K-7 School)

Schools Ministry Group

Seaford Secondary College

Schools Ministry Group

Seaton Park Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Seaview Downs Primary School

Centacare Adelaide

Settlers Farm Campus R-7

Schools Ministry Group

Sheidow Park School

Schools Ministry Group

Snowtown Primary School and School Based Preschool

Schools Ministry Group

Solomontown Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Spalding Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Springbank Secondary College

Schools Ministry Group

Springton Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

St Agnes Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

St Leonards Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Stansbury Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Stirling North Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Stradbroke Primary School

Centacare Adelaide

Streaky Bay Area School

Uniting Country SA

Surrey Downs R-7 School

Schools Ministry Group

Suttontown Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Swallowcliffe P-7

Schools Ministry Group

Swan Reach Area School

Schools Ministry Group

Tailem Bend Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Tanunda Primary School & Disability Unit

Schools Ministry Group

Tarlee Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

The Heights School

Schools Ministry Group

The Pines School

Schools Ministry Group

Thiele Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Thorndon Park Primary School

Your Dream School Programs

Torrensville Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Trinity Gardens School

Schools Ministry Group

Truro Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Tumby Bay Area School

Schools Ministry Group

Two Wells Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Underdale High School

Centacare Adelaide

Ungarra Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Unley High School

Schools Ministry Group

Uraidla Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Urrbrae Agricultural High School

Schools Ministry Group

Vale Park Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Valley View Secondary School

Your Dream School Programs

Victor Harbor High School

Schools Ministry Group

Victor Harbor R-7 School

Schools Ministry Group

Waikerie High School

Schools Ministry Group

Waikerie Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Wallaroo Mines Primary School

Uniting Country SA

Warradale Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Watervale Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

West Beach Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

West Lakes Shore School R-7

Schools Ministry Group

Westbourne Park Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Westport Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Whyalla Stuart Campus R-7

Schools Ministry Group

Whyalla Town Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Williamstown Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Willsden Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Willunga High School

Schools Ministry Group

Willunga Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Wirreanda Secondary School

Centacare Adelaide

Woodcroft Primary School

Centacare Adelaide

Woodend Primary School

Centacare Adelaide

Woodville High School

Schools Ministry Group

Woodville Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Woomera Area School

Schools Ministry Group

Wudinna Area School

Schools Ministry Group

Wynn Vale R-7 School

Schools Ministry Group

Yahl Primary School

Schools Ministry Group

Yankalilla Area School

Schools Ministry Group

Yorketown Area School

Schools Ministry Group

Youth Education Centre

Schools Ministry Group


How schools can use funds

NSCP funding is paid directly to the service providers for hours of service delivered.

Government schools can use their:

  • Resource Entitlement Statement (RES)
  • South Australian Schools Investment Fund (SASIF) cash reserves.

They can use these funds to:

  • purchase pastoral care services above the standard NSCP-funded hours
  • pay for service provider fees if any are charged.

Parental consent

Parents and carers can decide if they want their children to have contact with the NSCP and pastoral care services at school. 

Schools must get parental consent. This could be part of the beginning of year student information update or as a standalone consent process.

Schools can add the following statement to the consent form:

‘Where I [parent/legal guardian] give consent to my child participating in NSCP and pastoral care services at school, I acknowledge that records of services provided are created, maintained and securely stored by the PCW and their employer (an external service provider).’

Choosing a service provider

Our department has 4 external service providers contracted to deliver NSCP services in government schools. Funded schools can choose 1 of the existing service providers or can consider other organisations that meet the program's requirements.

Pastoral care workers are employees of the services providers. They are not employed by schools, governing councils or the department. However, schools have the responsibility to provide day-to-day supervision, advice and management.

What schools can ask about

As part of choosing a service provider, think about what your school needs.

Each service provider might have different:

  • fee structures
  • recruitment processes
  • ways to deliver the program.

What service providers must do

Department requirements

NSCP providers must:

  • report to the department on NSCP service delivery
  • comply with department requirements such as RRHAN-EC and protective practices guidelines.

This means that if a Pastoral Care Worker is concerned about a student, group of students, or the conduct of an adult at the school, they must speak with the school leader or wellbeing staff and appropriately share information.

Record keeping

Service providers must:

  • create and maintain comprehensive and accurate records of activities and decisions made
  • comply with Premier and Cabinet Circular PC012 Information Privacy Principles (IPPS) Instruction that regulates the way South Australian Public Sector agencies and contracted service providers collect, use, store and disclose personal information – this must be balanced with legally permissible information sharing to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people
  • inform the department of any significant incidences occurring during or related to the provision of NSCP services at a school.

Pastoral care workers must:

  • document formal conversations that happen during their delivery of NSCP services – this could be with students, staff or community members.
  • document services delivered.

Service providers own the records they create. This could be via manual files or electronic records management, potentially stored externally on their own systems.

Only people who have authority and reason can access information and records of children and young people. If preferred, principals could negotiate with the service provider to create and maintain records in school systems.

Cyberbullying professional learning

All pastoral care workers must complete the Cyberbullying Professional Learning Package. See National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) on the Australian Government website for more information.

More information

For more information about service provider requirements, see becoming a NSCP service provider.

How to become a service provider

Find out more about becoming 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 is in the national school chaplaincy program procedure for schools (PDF 265KB).

Apply for funding

South Australian government schools

Applications for 2019 to 2022 funding applications are closed.

Non-government South Australian schools

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

Funding assessment criteria

When government schools apply for funding, the department will assess each application. can consider:

  • Measure of Scio-Economic Need (MOSEN) score.
  • Level of existing wellbeing services at the school.
  • Remoteness of the school.
  • Number of enrolled students.
  • Statement of need provided by the Principal that outlines the need of pastoral care services in school and the broader community.
  • Evidence of ongoing community support for the NSCP service and pastoral care worker in the school.

National School Chaplaincy Program – a background

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

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

The terms of reference (PDF 218KB) defines the purpose and structure of the panel.

National School Chaplaincy Program

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