DEF Defence Chaplaincy

This project is part of the DEF Defence Skills.


This project will consider the current and future capability needs relating to Defence pastoral care skills. The project addresses ongoing Defence capability reviews, wider industry practices, or Defence legislative requirements.

This project addresses the ongoing requirement to review and update DEF Defence Training Package materials previously endorsed in 2015 and ensuring that Defence’s current and future capability needs are met beyond 2019-20. The project will be undertaken as part of ongoing Defence capability reviews across the Australian Defence Force. Where imported elective Units of Competency are identified as either deleted or superseded, the IRC may also elect to revise the affected Defence qualification(s) through the IRC minor upgrade process.

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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 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be formed 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, or are a subject matter expert and would like to be considered for the TAC for this project, please contact the Industry Manager.

Greg Spence
Greg Spence
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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