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About the Job
The Navy regards attention to the spiritual needs of its members as a matter of the highest importance and is committed to providing them with the opportunity and facilities for the practice of their religion.
Chaplains enter the Navy as ordained ministers / religious leaders of their faith group. As such they are responsible to their faith group authorities and remain faithful to their faith group traditions, whilst working in a team with chaplains from other faith groups. They seek to minister to all naval members and their families, as they are able. This means serving where the Navy's people are -both at sea and ashore.
In addition to providing worship opportunities and pastoral care, Chaplains have character development responsibilities in the training of all personnel.
Chaplains are subject to the same entry requirements as other officer applicants. They also require the faith group endorsement of the appropriate member of the Religious Advisory Committee to the Services.
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Salary & Allowances
Salary (excluding allowances) will depend on the assigned competency level and increment which in turn depends on theological qualification and years since ordination, or equivalent. A chaplain appointed at the lowest level Division 1 CL 1-1 is paid $83,330 per year ($3,205 per fortnight)*.
You will also receive a Uniform Allowance of $682 per year ($26 per fortnight) to assist maintaining uniforms in good order and condition.
In addition to your salary, you will receive Service Allowance of $13,991 per year ($538 per fortnight) except while undertaking Military (Initial Officer) or Employment training. This allowance compensates a member for the unique requirements that service life may impose on an individual and his or her family.
Salary will continue to increase based on rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank. Refer to the Salary Scales.
* Please note that these figures do not include compulsory deductions for taxation; meals, accommodation and utilities (as applicable); and superannuation.
Chaplains serve both at sea and ashore. They may be posted to anyof the major shore establishments. Chaplains at sea are normally posted to Major Fleet Units, from which they provide ministry to the wider Fleet. Chaplains deploy with task groups on bothoperational and non-operational deployments.
Applicants may apply up to the age of 56 years. The compulsory retirement age for Chaplain Officers is 60 years.
Education & Experience
Applicants must have met the educational requirements of their church or faith group prior to ordination or equivalent. They must be deemed suitable by the appropriate denominational Principal Chaplain and be endorsed by the appropriate member of the Religious Advisory Committee to the Services (RACS).
Applicants must have at least 2 full years of Pastoral experience since ordination or equivalent.
Note: All methods of entry for this role require your qualifications to be endorsed by the Directorate of Naval Category Management. If found satisfactory through this assessment, your Case Manager will be advised that you satisfy the minimum education standards and your application will be progressed. Your Case Manager will organise this process for you.
Medical & Fitness
To be appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry into the ADF. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination.
You must also pass the swim test and physical fitness test to graduate from your Navy Training and to proceed to the Safety of Life at Sea Training that is a requirement for Recruit School and Officer training.
Royal Australian Navy Swim Test (RANST)
The RANST is conducted to ensure the Navy's duty of care to all serving personnel, with respect to rudimentary swimming skills. The purpose of the RANST is to ensure fundamental water survival skills as a prerequisite to training such as survival at sea training.
Individual components of the RANST are fundamentally related to the survival at sea scenario. Competency in the RANST is achieved through successful completion of each component comprising:
- A safety jump off a 3m tower in overalls
- A 10m underwater swim in overalls
- A 50m swim using three safety strokes
- The ability to tread water or float for 15 mins (removal of overalls optional)
Note: You will find it much easier to pass the swimming test if you undertake swimming training before you join.
All personnel will undertake the RANST upon entry and competency is to be achieved within 15 weeks from commencement of initial training. Failure of any one component will constitute failure of the entire RANST and no waivers will be granted.
For more details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF , Medical Process for Entry into the ADF and Physical Employment Standards once you're in the ADF
Period of Service
You will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of 3 years. A period of that service, normally the first year will be on a probationary basis. Subsequent periods of service or open ended appointment may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service. You may tender your resignation at any time provided you do not have an outstanding IMPS obligation.
Your DFR Case Manager can advise on how IMPS will relate to your chosen occupation.
The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests which may include verbal, spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.
Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test.
The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities.
Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found here.
Only Australian Citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF.
If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary waiver of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian Citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.
The security clearance is critical to an applicant’s successful progression through to Navy employment and training. It is strongly recommended that all applicants provide the required documents as early as possible in the recruiting process to avoid any delays in their training and employment.
Details regarding the security requirements for all Navy jobs can be found here.
Initial Entry Officer training for all graduate and non-graduate Officers is conducted at the Royal Australian Naval College (RANC), HMAS Creswell at Jervis Bay on the NSW south coast.
The New Entry Officer Course (NEOC) is 22 weeks in duration and is designed to equip Officers with general service skills common to all employment qualifications and develop the necessary attributes for the efficient management of Navy personnel and assets. This course covers drill and ceremonial, physical training, officer development, oral and written communications, Navy message writing, management and leadership, Officer of the day duties, Navy organisation, Defence studies, character guidance, Navy history, swim test *, first aid, small arms training, adventure training, and a training cruise.
Refer to the Joining Instructions for further details on the NEOC.
These instructions will provide you and your family with enough information to arrange your personal affairs before your appointment in the Navy and will give you an idea of what you will be doing during your training.
*Please note that the swim test is conducted in the first week of the New Entry Officer Course.
All Navy Chaplain Employment Training is conducted at the Defence Force Chaplains College (DFCC), the home of ADF Chaplaincy Training. The DFCC is located within the Australian Defence Force Academy precinct, in Canberra.
A Navy Chaplain will be required to complete the specified employment training throughout their ministry, in preparation for varying roles and responsibilities. Both permanent and part-time Chaplains are required to complete this training.
The courses are:
ADF Chaplain Initial Course - Mod 1 (12 days) and ADF Chaplain Initial Course - Mod 2 (6 days)
The purpose of the Initial Course is to train newly commissioned Chaplains in Navy, Army and Air Force in common core service areas for employment in their respective Services.
The ADF Chaplain Initial Course - Mod 1 aims to prepare Navy, Army and Air Force Chaplains for their first appointments and deployment. The training will provide an understanding and a contextualisation of Defence and Chaplaincy processes.
The ADF Chaplain Initial Course - Mod 2 aims to train Navy, Army and Air Force Chaplains in support of the Defence Mental Health Strategy. It involves training in suicide awareness and post traumatic stress responses.
ADF Chaplain Intermediate Course (12 days)
The aim of the ADF Chaplain Intermediate Course is to prepare Navy, Army and Air Force Chaplains for employment as Coordinating Chaplains.
ADF Chaplain Senior Course (5 days)
The aim of the Chaplain Senior Course is to prepare Division 3 Chaplains in Navy, Army and Air Force in common Service areas for advancement to and employment as Senior Chaplains at the Division 4 Level within ADF.