DEF Defence Chaplaincy

This project is part of the DEF Defence Skills.

Project Updates

18 August 2020

AISC Approval

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.

For more information on this project, please contact the Industry Manager.

20 JULY 2020


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

Case for Endorsement

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

18 June 2020


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

To view the final drafts, please visit the Defence Skills project page.

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.

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.

25 July 2019


Work on the Defence Chaplaincy project has commenced.

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

As this material is sensitive in nature, initial requests for access to draft DEF Defence Training Package products is by written application only via email to the Industry Manager.

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


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 expected submission of the Case for Endorsement will be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) by 30 October 2020.

View IRC Skills Forecast

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.

Regular updates will be posted on this page throughout the life of the project.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact the Industry Manager.

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Katherine White
Industry Manager

Project Deliverables

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

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