DEF Chaplaincy

Project scope

Review and development of Defence Training Package components relating to Chaplaincy will be undertaken as part of ongoing capability reviews across the Australian Defence Force. Wider industry practices and Defence legislative requirements will also be addressed during this process. Where imported elective Units of Competency are identified as either deleted or superseded, the IRC may also elect to update the affected Defence qualification(s) through this review.




The Public Safety IRC will have oversight of this project, which will be facilitated by Australian Industry Standards (AIS) in consultation with industry stakeholders. A Defence focus group will be formed to provide the subject matter expertise for this project.



One qualification to be reviewed

  • DEF53415 Diploma of Institutional and Operational Chaplaincy

One existing Skill Set to be reviewed:

  • DEFSS00012 Defence Chaplain Skill Set

Seven existing Units of Competency to be reviewed:

  • DEFCHP001 Provide pastoral care
  • DEFCHP002 Provide ethical and pastoral advice
  • DEFCHP003 Plan the delivery of chaplaincy support
  • DEFCHP004 Conduct and facilitate religious observances and activities
  • DEFCHP005 Perform as an effective member of the Chaplains’ branch
  • DEFCHP006 Perform the duties of a chaplain in a deployed environment
  • DEFGEN003 Lead a team



The Case for Endorsement is expected to be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee by 30 October 2020.


How to get involved

A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be formed to provide expertise for this work. If you are a subject matter and would like to be considered for the TAC please contact the industry manager.

Stakeholder feedback on draft training materials will be sought as part of the development phase of work.


Technical advisory committee


25 JULY 2019



Work on the Defence Chaplaincy project has commenced.


The Public Safety IRC is currently working with Defence to revise existing qualifications in the DEF Defence Training Package.


For more information about this project please contact the Industry Manager.




3 MARCH 2020



Defence has finalised a review of draft Training Package materials for this project and would like your feedback on the following qualification and seven Units of Competency:

  • DEF53415Y Diploma of Institutional and Operational Chaplaincy
  • DEFCHP001Y Provide pastoral care
  • DEFCHP002Y Provide ethical and pastoral advice
  • DEFCHP003Y Plan the delivery of chaplaincy support
  • DEFCHP004Y Conduct and facilitate religious observances and activities
  • DEFCHP005Y Perform as an effective member of the Chaplains’ branch
  • DEFCHP006Y Perform the duties of a chaplain in a deployed environment
  • DEFGEN003Y Lead a team


Feedback on draft materials closed on Tuesday, 31 March 2020 for consideration by the TAC.


Feedback will be collated and discussed at the next TAC meeting.


31 JANUARY 2020

A focus group comprised of Defence personnel and industry experts is continuing review and development work for this project.


Summary of development


Draft units, skill sets and/or qualifications are developed in consultation with Subject Matter Experts and industry stakeholders.


Initial drafting of Training Package material (Units of Competency, Skill Sets and/or qualifications) is being undertaken by a Technical Advisory Committee established by the IRC. Comprising people with diverse expertise and experience in Defence, it has ensured that the draft Units are informed by the needs of industry.

Quality Assurance


18 JUNE 2020



The draft Training Package materials for Release 3.0 have undergone independent edit and quality assurance.




9 APRIL 2020



The Defence Skills project is continuing with the review and development of Training Package products that will support Defence capability building.


Review of the Release 3.0 materials were made available for stakeholder validation.


Feedback on draft materials closed on Monday, 27 April 2020 for consideration by the TAC.


Feedback will be collated and discussed at the next TAC meeting.


Summary of feedback


Feedback was received during consultation regarding consideration towards theology training to be part of the Chaplaincy qualification. Defence reviewed the feedback and provided the following response: The requirement to hold a Bachelor of Theology is a Defence recruitment and capability requirement, and not a requirement underpinning this qualification.


VIEW Summary of Consultations – DEF R 3.0





29 October 2020


The Defence Training Package (Release 3.0) has been endorsed for implementation.


The approved Defence Training Package (Release 3.0) is now available on


The Defence Training Package aligns with Defence capability and Commonwealth legislative and regulatory requirements.


Qualifications and Skill Sets contained in the Training Package provide effective pathways for individuals moving between jobs and occupational roles of the same nature across the Australian Defence Force, as well as wider Defence personnel and service suppliers.


Overall, 18 qualifications and 121 Units of Competency covering Defence Sensor Operations, Range Control, Chaplaincy, Military Justice and Explosive Ordinance have been updated.


Six new Skill Sets related to Explosive Ordinance roles were designed to support capabilities in Dangerous Goods, Facilities, Engineering, Supervision and Explosive Ordinance Management.


The Certificate IV in Range Control and DEF33115 Certificate III in Sensor Operations were deleted as they are no longer required or delivered.


This release reviewed Defence Training Package material relating to the following projects:


The following changes have been made in this release:

  • 15 Revised Qualifications
  • 3 Qualifications with minor changes
  • 2 Qualifications deleted
  • 6 new Skill Sets
  • 7 revised Units of Competency
  • 114 Units of Competency with minor changes
  • 19 Units of Competency deleted




18 AUGUST 2020


At its meeting on the 12 August 2020 the AISC approved the Defence Training Package (Release 3.0) for referral to the Skills Ministers for endorsement.




20 JULY 2020



The draft Training Package (Release 3.0) materials have been submitted to the AISC.




Thank you to all stakeholders who provided valuable feedback and contributed to this project.


Paschal Somers

Industry - Aviation and Defence




Phone: 0439 975 796