Requirements for the role

Qualifications

minimum qualification statement

 

Recognised Qualifications

Diploma of Youth WorkCHC50413 or CHC51408 and must include units of competency in ‘making appropriate referrals’ and ‘mental health’.

Diploma of Youth Work CHC50413 or CHC51408 and must include units of competency in ‘making appropriate referrals’ and ‘mental health’.
Diploma of Counselling CHC51712 or CHC51015 and must include units of competency in ‘making appropriate referrals’ and ‘mental health’.
Bachelor of Education With eligibility for registration with the Queensland College of Teachers and must include units of competency in ‘making appropriate referrals’ and ‘mental health’.
Bachelor of Psychology With eligibility for registration with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and must include units of competency in ‘making appropriate referrals’ and ‘mental health’.
Bachelor of Social Work a qualification consistent with the requirements for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers and must include units of competency in ‘making appropriate referrals’ and ‘mental health’.
Diploma of Ministry/Christian Leadership These qualifications do not meet DET’s minimum requirements 

Prior to employment applicants must hold CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work(or CHC41812) including units in ‘making appropriate referral’ and ‘mental health’.

Bachelor of Theology These qualifications do not meet DET’s minimum requirements 

Prior to employment applicants must hold CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work(or CHC41812) including units in ‘making appropriate referral’ and ‘mental health’.

Bachelor of Ministry These qualifications do not meet DET’s minimum requirements 

Prior to employment applicants must hold CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work(or CHC41812) including units in ‘making appropriate referral’ and ‘mental health’.

For comprehensive information on SU QLD qualification requirements refer to SU QLD Chaplaincy Minimum Qualification requirements

Other Qualifications

 Applicants who hold the following qualifications may still apply for SU QLD/ SC ACT Chaplaincy positions. If successful, applicants will be required to undergo relevant study in any of the aforementioned fields so as to reach minimum qualification standards within the first 3 years of their employment.

Certificate IV in Youth Work1 (CHC40413) Must include units of competency in ‘making appropriate referral’ and ‘mental health’.
Certificate IV in Pastoral Care 1 (CHC41112) Must include units of competency in ‘making appropriate referral’ and ‘mental health’.

Important: ALL qualifications must be nationally accredited VET or higher education qualifications.

 

If you are planning to enrol with an RTO (Recognised Training Organisation) please ensure it is a Nationally Recognised Training program and includes units of competency in ‘making appropriate referrals’ and ‘mental health’.  As an example the two units of competency may be, or be equivalent to or higher than CHCCCS016- Respond to client needs and CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues.

 
If you would like to find out information about relevant training options offered by Scripture Union Queensland (RTO 30548) then visit their website http://training.suqld.org.au/

 

 

Vibrant Christian Faith and Character

SU QLD/ SC ACT requires that all Chaplains

  • Demonstrate a living and personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Demonstrate a strong Christian Character evidenced by servant leadership, valuing of people in general and marginalised people in particular.
  • Demonstrate leadership experience in a Christian ministry.
  • Subscribe to one or both of the creeds of the Christian church (Apostles’ Creed and/or Nicene Creed)
  • Be an active member or adherent of a local Christian church.

Personal Competencies

Suitable Chaplaincy Candidates will exhibit the following competencies

Christian Framework and Spiritual Support
  • An understanding of the core teachings of the Bible.
  • An ability to articulate its message appropriately and apply them to real life situations.
  • Committed to working with various Christian denominations and have an appreciation for the theological issues important for working in an interchurch context.
  • An understanding of other faith and non-faith perspectives, and how to work respectfully with, and support, people from other faith and non-faith perspectives.
Professional knowledge and proficiency
  • An understanding of the theories and practicalities of providing pastoral care and spiritual support to the school community.
  • A track record of working effectively with children and young people and broad understanding of the issues affecting them.
  • Experience in ‘Adventure based learning’ and group work facilitation is highly desirable.
  • Valid Working with Children Check is essential. Blue Card (Queensland or a Working With Vulnerable People card (ACT).
Motivational ‘fit’
  • Chaplains are often dealing with complex social and emotional issues and should find satisfaction through engaging and relating with people.
  • Motivated by compassion for others, striving to support good outcomes for staff, students and their families.
Teamwork (cooperation)
  • The ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with all stakeholders and partners (Principal, LCC, teaching staff, student support staff, agencies, Churches, volunteers etc) for the benefit and wellbeing of students.
Rapport Building
  • The ability to proactively develop relationships in the school community, with students, staff and parents across all age groups and cultural backgrounds.
Oral Communication
  • An ability to communicate ideas effectively with a range of people in a range of settings, including the ability to communicate faith issues openly and respectfully, remaining sensitive to the faith and belief systems of others.
Written Communication
  • An ability to express ideas clearly in any written format (memo, email, letter) with the appropriate organisation and structure.

More information on these competencies can be found in the SU QLD/ SC ACT Chaplaincy Role Statement

Additional  Requirements

Chaplaincy applicants are required to consent to their personal information to be provided to DET for the purposes of assessing the suitability for employment as a Chaplain.

Successful Chaplaincy candidates will need to provide either a copy of their birth certificate or passport before they are permitted to commence employment.

Working with Children Checks

QLD Applicants

  • Applicants for SU QLD Chaplaincy positions must hold a current “Blue Card” from Public Safety Business Agency (PBSA) Blue Card Services for the purposes of child-related employment.
  • Provided a Blue Card is valid (current), it does not matter whether it is a Volunteer Blue Card, Paid Employee Blue Card or an Exemption Blue card.
  • Teachers registered in Queensland and police officers need to hold an Exemption Card which can be applied for with the PBSA.  Police officers and registered teachers can continue to use their existing Blue Card (Volunteer or Paid) until their expiry date.  Exemption Cards are only valid while the holder is currently a registered Teacher or Police Officer.
  • SU QLD will not employ any applicant until we have either:
    • A copy of the applicant’s valid Blue Card on file; or
    • A copy of the applicant’s valid Exemption Card on file, where the applicant is a registered teacher or police officer.
  • In exceptional circumstances only, SU QLD may accept a written confirmation from the PBSA that the applicant currently has a blue card application being  processed.Blue Cards and Exemption Cards are issued by the Blue Card Services once a Working with Children Check has been carried out. If a person is deemed to be eligible, they are issued with a positive notice letter and a Blue Card or Exemption Card.Average processing time is approximately 6 to 10 weeks.More information on Blue Cards is available at Blue Card Service

 

ACT Applicants

Working with vulnerable people (ACT only)

  • Applicants for School Chaplaincy ACT positions must hold a current Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) card from the ACT Government for the purposes of child-related employment.
  • SU QLD will not employ any applicant until we have a copy of the applicant’s valid WWVP card on file.
  • WWVP cards are issued by the ACT government after the Office of Regulatory Services (ORS) completes a risk assessment of any conviction and non-conviction history, and other relevant information to assess the risk of harm posed to vulnerable people by the applicant.
  • Average processing time is 6 to 8 weeks.
  • More information on WWVP cards is available at: http://www.ors.act.gov.au/community/working_with_vulnerable_people

 

Interstate Applicants

If you are applying and live outside of QLD or the ACT, please contact SU QLD or School Chaplaincy ACT to discuss your interest and the relevant checks.

 

International Applicants

If you are not an Australian citizen, you will be required to provide evidence of permanent residency status.  False or misleading applications may be withdrawn from the application process.